Kai Shun adapts centuries-old samurai blacksmithing to make exceptional Japanese knives for the modern cook. Every knife in their world-renowned Classic range has a steep tapered blade, which makes it much sharper than a Western knife. A core of hard VG MAX steel, surrounded by 32 layers of Damascus steel, makes it extremely durable and rust-resistant, ensuring the knife retains its edge in between sharpenings—with a whetstone only. The layers, which create a unique pattern on each knife, help prevent food from sticking to the side of the blade. The tarnish-proof pakkawood handle has a chestnut (or ‘D’) shape that moulds perfectly to a right-handed grip. The balance and overall lightness of these knives make this set a great investment, as well as the inclusion of a sharpening stone and stable magnetic block that both protects and beautifully displays the collection. The block holds up to 10 knives, so there is plenty of space to store existing knives as well.
This set includes:
- A 20cm Kai Shun Classic Chef's Knife
- A 8.5cm Kai Shun Classic Paring Knife
- A 15cm Kai Shun Classic Utility Knife
- A 22.5cm Kai Shun Classic Bread Knife
- A 22.5cm Kai Shun Classic Slicing Knife
- A Kai Shun Combination Whetstone / 300/1000
- A Kai Stonehenge Pillar Knife Block with walnut blocks and an ultra-stable slate base
We offer a free annual sharpening service for 10 years after the purchase of a Kai Shun knife, exclusively for customers on our mailing list.
Why we love it‘A Kai Shun Classic knife glides effortlessly through ingredients with the most satisfying degree of precision—especially when they are freshly sharpened.’
About The Brand
Since its founding in 1908, Kai knives have held a cult status in Japan—and since their European debut in 1980, the rest of the world has caught on. Taking their inspiration from samurai blacksmithing but incorporating modern manufacturing processes, Kai has mastered the art of making extremely sharp, durable knives that feel effortless to use. All their knives are manufactured in Seki, the knife capital of Japan. As their products reached global popularity, Kai has expanded their range to include European shapes like the chef’s knife as well as ambidextrous handles, such as in the Kai Shun Premier and Kai Shun Nagare ranges.Shop Kai