Kai Shun Premier Minamo 3 Piece Knife Set

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This Kai Shun Premier Minamo 3 Piece Knife Set was designed by Tim Mälzer. Mälzer is a German chef with 3 restaurants and has authored several cookbooks. Tim wanted to combine the typical shape of the Japanese Santoku knife with the classic European cooking knife. This fusion serves as the basis for this small range of three distinct blade shapes.

The blades’ core consists of extremely hard VG-MAX steel (61(±) HRC) wrapped in 32 layers of Damascus Steel. The name Minamo is Japanese and means ‘water's surface’ and refers to the high-gloss finished pattern on the blades which is reminiscent of water’s surface rippling in the rain.

The black pakkawood handle is suitable for both left and right-hand users. We love the slight arch on the underside of the handle which makes for a comfortable fit. The forged tang gives a perfect balance between the blade and the handle. These knives are not suitable for use in the dishwasher and we recommend that you wipe the blades as soon as possible after cutting any acidic foods like citrus or tomato.

This Borough Kitchen exclusive set consists of:

  • 9cm Paring knife
  • 15cm Utility knife
  • 18cm Santoku knife

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Why we love it

  • Suitable for both left and right-hand users
  • Ergonomic & comfortable handle shape
  • 32-layers of Damscus steel
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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