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). However, the beauty of the Minamo range is the slight curve in the handle, which makes it suitable for both European and Japanese styles of chopping.
After the international success of the Kai Shun Premier range, a collaboration between Kai Shun and German chef Tim Mälzer, the Kai Shun Minamo range was born. The Shun Premier Minamo blade's core is made from hard Japanese VG-MAX steel (61 on the Rockwell scale), wrapped in 32 layers of Damascus steel. The blade's ‘minamo’ (rippled) pattern stops at the edge of the blade, to emphasise its precision. The double-edged blade’s shape is a hybrid of the Japanese santoku and European chef knife, embodied in the blade's rectangular form, which allows for both rock chopping and forward-backwards motions. The shape is re-created for the smaller utility and paring knives. Thanks to its symmetrical shape, the black pakkawood handle is suitable for both left- and right-handed users. The slight arch on the handle's underside enables a comfortable fit, and the forged tang ensures a perfect balance between blade and handle.
This set includes:
- Kai Shun Premier Minamo Santoku Knife 18cm
- Kai Shun Premier Minamo Utility Knife 15cm
- Kai Shun Premier Minamo Paring Knife 9cm
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. For details on how to care for Japanese knives, read our guide.
Why we love it
'The shape of these blades is totally unique. The slight curve makes it wonderful for when you want to chop small, bunched ingredients, such as herbs or nuts, while the overall lightness of these knives makes them feel effortless to use.'
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