This set of two knives from the Kai Shun Premier collection features two of the most versatile knives in any chef's collection. The 18cm santoku knife has an almost straight edge, making it ideal for slicing, dicing, chopping vegetables, and mincing herbs. The slender 16.5cm utility knife is perfect for on and off-board work, from carving small joints of meat to preparing vegetables. With a core of VG MAX steel, these knives will retain a razor-sharp edge. This core is then clad within 32 layers of Damascus steel, before being hammered to create a stunning visual effect known as Tsuchime. The handles are crafted from pakkawood and are ergonomically shaped to fit comfortably into the palm of your hand, and are ideal for left and right-handed users. These knives are finished to an incredibly high standard. Designed by Tim Mälzer with the attention to that makes Kai the top of their class.
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Why we love it
‘A professional chef’s input has helped make a knife all avid cooks will greatly appreciate, like the air pockets and comfortable, tarnish-proof handle that looks good as new even after heavy use—because Kai Shun Premier knives are made to be used heavily, staying sharp for long stretches of time. The engraved bull’s head at the bottom adds a nice, subtle touch.’
Specifications & Care
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|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.Shop Kai