Kai Shun Classic Santoku / 18cm / White


An all-purpose Japanese santoku that takes care of most food prep, with a handle moulded to fit perfectly to a right-handed grip. Part of the extensive Kai Shun Classic range, which we consider the best of the best.

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Product Details

This Kai Shun Santoku 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. Made in Japan.

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Why we love it

‘A Kai Shun Classic knife glides effortlessly through ingredients with the most satisfying degree of precision, and the handle is perfectly crafted.'

Specifications & Care

  • After each use, wash your knife under running water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth; do not use harsh detergents and do not allow knives to sit in water; oil the handle from time to time with a little neutral vegetable oil
  • 10 years free annual sharpening service for mailing list customers
Country of Origin Japan
Dimensions Blade: 18cm; handle 12.5cm
Material Blade: VG Max steel (61 ± 1HRC) enveloped in 32 layers of Damascus steel; handle: pakkawood
Warranty 10 years against manufacturing defects
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.

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