2016 Award Winning Shun Hikari Knife

Shun Hikari Wins Knife of The Year

Shun Hikari is the newest series of Chef Knives in the Shun Collection. Recently winning the award for Kitchen Knife of the year for 2016. The Shun Hikari is beautifully designed and well crafted, just like every one of their knives. The term Hikari is Japanese for “Sunlight” or “light” with is accurate for this Shun knife. Unlike other Shun Cutlery, the Hikari has a much lighter handle and a unique blade design. Now, to get into the details.

Breaking down the Shun Hikari

The Shun Hikari Chef Knife has a dual core blade with 71 alternating layers of VG10 and VG2 carbon and chromium stainless steel. The Damascus Steel has a 16 degree sharp edge and the more unique “angry hornet nest pattern”. Referred to as the Shun Blond Handle, the Hikari has a birch pakkawood handle with red accents highlights and satin gloss finish. This Knife Is one of a kind, so how much is it?


The Shunshine Knife
Shun Hikari

To Be Determined

Shun Cutlery has not released a price point for the new Shun Hikari. In fact, the Knife wont even be available until 2017. Although the knife is an award wining knife, hopefully Shun will release the knife in early 2017. The other concern is whether Shun Cutlery will make the Hikari a limited edition blade. If this is the case, than limited supplies will be available and they will sell quickly. We will keep updates throughout the year as more information is released by the Shun cutlery company. Let us know what you think of the sunlight knife or Shunshine knife.

 Shun Continues To Win Kitchen Knife Awards

In 1982 the “Blade Magazine” was established, considered one of the oldest running knife magazine. When shun won the 2016 Kitchen Knife of the Year award, it was selected to be presented in the newest edition of the magazine. The Shun Hikari impressed the judges and won the award  with the beauty and innovating design, but this wasn’t the first time Shun won a Kitchen Knife of the Year award. In fact Shun has won several awards with different knives. Just like Shun did in Atlanta Georgia this year with the Shun Hikari, Shun has been winning awards with amazing knives built for sharpness and durability.  Just look at these awards Shun continues to win.

Shun Kitchen Knife of the Year Awards.

  • 2003 – Shun Classic Hollow Ground Santoku
  • 2005 – Shun Ken Onion Classic Chef’s Knife
  • 2006 – Shun Elite Chef’s Knife
  • 2007 – Shun Kaji Vegetable Cleaver
  • 2008 – Shun Bob Kramer Meiji Chef’s Knife
  • 2010 – Shun Premier Chef’s Knife
  • 2011 – Shun Fuji Chef’s Knife
  • 2012 – Shun Taiyo
  • 2014 – Shun Dual Core Kiritsuke
  • 2015 – Shun Limited Edition Hana Chef’s Knife
  • 2016 – Shun Hikari

It is impressive to see the Shun continues to push the limits of kitchen cutlery and produce new innovating knives for the kitchen. The reputation of Shun will continue to grow and become a standard that all chefs will judge all other knives by. Congratulations to Shun for the new award-winning Chef Knife, Hikari.  Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and keep a look out for the updated release date and price tag.

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