Renowned Japanese knifemakers Kai Shun teamed up with German chef Tim Mälzer to create the Kai Shun Premier range, featuring multi-textured steel blades that are both hard and flexible at once, plus symmetrical wooden handles that are suitable for both left- and right-handed cooks. In this series, every blade's back down to its middle has been hand-hammered to create an effect known as ‘tsuchime’; in addition to looking beautiful, these air pockets prevent food from sticking to the knife as you prep. The core of hard VG MAX steel is surrounded by 32 layers of Damascus steel and forged in a steep, tapered V-shape that provides incredible durability, sharpness, and edge-retention. A continuous tang in the handle ensures stability and balance when cutting, and the overall lightness of the knife makes it a joy to use. Kiritsuke knives are considered a status symbol among Japanese chefs, for it is the ideal knife for filleting fish and making fine cuts of sashimi. However, the shape is still versatile, making it just as good for thinly slicing vegetables and meat (but be careful not to clash against any bones, as the harsh impact could chip the ultra-fine blade).
There are only 5,555 of these limited-edition kiritsuke knives, a celebration of Kai Shun and chef Tim Mälzer's popular collaboration, in circulation. The unique serial number of each knife is presented on the bolster.
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
|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|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Dimensions||Blade: 20cm; handle 13cm|
|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