An 18cm santoku knife.
With a shorter and straighter blade than a chef's knife, a santoku is similarly versatile. The comparative lightness makes it easier to control when chopping, particularly in the forward-backwards motion (as opposed to the European method of rocking the knife back and forth).
Every knife in Kai Shun’s Nagare range undergoes a highly sophisticated process which involves bonding flexible VG2 steel with hard VG10 steel, surrounded by 72 layers of Damascus steel that form a radial pattern. Besides looking beautiful, this construction provides excellent durability and prevents food from sticking to the sides of the blade as you prep food. Very little pressure is required to make neat and precise cuts, and the blades retain their sharp edges for long stretches of time. The waterproof handle adopts the ergonomic style of Western knives, with a forged tang that provides an optimum counterweight to the blade.
This set includes:
- A Kai Shun Nagare Paring Knife
- A Kai Shun Nagare Utility Knife
- A Kai Shun Nagare Santoku Knife
- A Kai Shun Nagare Slicing Knife
- A Kai Shun Nagare Bread Knife
- A Kai Shun Combination Whetstone / 300/1000
- A Kai Stonehenge 5 Pillar Oak Knife Block, which fits up to 10 knives
All items come boxed individually.
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 (excludes serrated knives, which do not need to be sharpened).
Why we love it‘Because I’ve used European-style knives professionally for decades, I was reluctant to part with that style of handle. Then I met the Nagare range, which means I don’t have to! I can finally enjoy the sharp, fine-angled blades that make Japanese knives so delightful.’
Specifications & Care
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|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.Shop Kai