Kai Shun Premier Minamo Utility Knife / 15cm

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Product Details

The Kai Shun Premier Minamo range make an immediate impact by virtue of their striking aesthetic. Patterned with a characteristic ""Minamo"" design (named after the Japanese word for ripples on the surface of water), these knives are visually stunning. However, these beautifully designed high-performance knives are so much more than a pretty face. Constructed with a core of resilient VG-Max steel and then clad in 32 layers of protective Damascus steel, this knife is razor sharp and retains its edge beautifully.

With a comfortable ambidextrous pakkawood handle and designed with an attention to detail which has made Kai the go-to for performance knives. This Utility knife will quickly become one of the most versatile in your collection. Perfect for chopping, slicing and dicing meat or vegetables.

With proper care and attention, these knives will continue to make cooking a joy for years to come. We can't get enough of Kai and are extremely excited to add this range to our collection.

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Why we love it

  • The core of VG Max steel lends these knives exceptional sharpness
  • Damascus steel ensures resilience and longevity
  • Beautiful aesthetic appeal without compromising attention to detail, such as the high-quality ergonomic pakkawood handle (suitable for both right and left-handed users).
  • Stunning ""Minamo"" aesthetic on each blade, making each piece unique and named after the Japanese word for ripples on water

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: 15cm; handle 11cm
Material Blade: VG Max steel (61 ± 1HRC) enveloped in 32 layers of Damascus steel; handle: 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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