Kai Shun Engetsu Chef's Knife / 20cm


A limited-edition chef’s knife that’s been specially constructed for exceptional cutting performance, with three distinct zones for food release and durability, plus a symmetrical handle for both right- and left-handed cooks.

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Product Details

Kai Shun adapts centuries-old samurai blacksmithing to make exceptional Japanese knives for the modern cook. Each knife in the Kai Shun Engetsu range is designed to look like a waxing moon, with a curved finish at the blade and an artful blue handle. (Engetsu translates to ‘full moon’ in Japanese.) Its performance is unique too, with a 71-layer dual-core blade made from a mixture of very hard VG2 and VG10 steel. This construction technique brings the steel lamination right to the edge, resulting in a microscopic serration at the blade tip for extremely fine cutting performance. The ‘three zone’ pattern of the blade allows for excellent food release and low friction, and it is protected by the tip and heel’s superior toughness and durability. The polished pakka wood handle is triangular in section instead of the more traditional D-shape, meaning it is suitable for both left and right-handed cooks. A forged bolster and angled end cap, which shows the knife’s unique serial number, ensure a perfect balance between the handle and blade. This versatile chef’s knife, limited to just 906 pieces in Europe, has a long 20cm blade that takes care of the majority of food prep work.

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.

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Why we love it

‘Kai Shun has perfected the formula of Japanese knives that feel effortless to use, yet they are always innovating in order to better cater to the comforts of chefs and exacting home cooks around the world. The Engetsu is a prime example of their high standards in making top-quality knives that never cease to amaze anybody who uses them.’

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: 20cm; handle 14cm
Material VG10 and VG2 stainless steels; pakka wood
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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