Shun Classic 8 Inch Chef Knife DM0706 Handmade in Japan. If there is one knife to have in your kitchen, this is it. The Damascus stainless steel blade is razor sharp, made with 68 layers of steel sharpened to a 32° angle, and the ideal one-knife-quiver size of 8 inches. The knife edge has a slight rocker for easy chopping of anything from carrots and onions to fine herbs. The D-shaped handle is ergonomic (for right handed folks), smooth, and easy to clean. Shun didn’t create this knife by accident–they might only be a ten year old company, but they’re located in the heart of Japanese knife manufacturing dating back seven centuries. Purchase.