This Kai Shun Kiritsuke Knife comes from their Classic White series which combines centuries-old Japanese Samurai blacksmithing with modern and sophisticated manufacturing processes. The blade is ground on both sides and made of VG MAX steel with a hardness of 61 (±1) HRC and is enclosed within 32 layers of Damascus steel. It is this combination that ensures the blade’s long-lasting sharpness and durability that Kai is known for.
In contrast to the dark handle of the original Shun Classic series, the handle is made of ash-coloured Pakkawood. This does not refer to a particular wood species but is the general term for bonded layered wood veneers using high-quality resins. This provides for the handle's stability and endurance.
Kiritsuke literally means ""slit open"". Similar to the Santoku, this traditional blade shape is brilliant for cutting vegetables, fish or meat. The pointed, 15cm blade is ideal not only for paring, cutting and chopping but also for filleting. The notch at the rear end of the blade allows the handle and blade to be enclosed, allowing safe handling when working quickly. Considered an all-rounder in Japanese cuisine this blade shape is widely used for the preparation of sashimi and fine slicing of vegetables. Made in Japan. 15cm.
Why we love it
- VG MAX steel (+61+/-) maintains blade sharpness
- 15 degree angled blade is perfect for precision cutting
- Limited Edition
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