Kai Shun Premier Minamo 3 Piece Knife Set


This offshoot of the popular Kai Shun Premier range features blades that are more rectangular in shape, a combination of Japanese and European styles designed by chef Tim Mälzer, as well as ambidextrous handles.

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What's included


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.

Product Details

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:

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.

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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

  • 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
  • Santoku knife - Blade: 18cm; handle 12.5cm
  • Utility knife - Blade: 15cm; handle 11cm
  • Paring knife - Blade: 9cm; handle 11cm
  • Blades: VG Max steel (61 ± 1HRC) enveloped in 32 layers of Damascus steel
  • Handles: 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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