For over 100 years, the kai company has been producing cutlery according to the traditions of the legendary samurai of old Japan. In the process, the desire to preserve ancient traditions and to combine them with innovative techniques represents no contradiction, but forms the basis for new products that honour Japanese blacksmithing while meeting modern demands.
With the highest quality standards, kai has made it its mission to produce special knives for daily use. Made from natural resources, shaped and formed according to the expertise of the ancient blacksmithing art of the samurai, kai cooking knives epitomise Japanese craftsmanship carried out with the highest degree of precision. From the design to completion of each individual knife, the focus is on the development of an integrated and carefully-considered product.
The Shun Classic Series
The Shun Classic Series unites centuries-old Japanese Samurai blacksmithing with today’s modern and technically-sophisticated manufacturing processes. The result is an exceedingly high-quality range of Damascus knives, engineered to the most exacting standards and designed to always retain its sharpness. The knives are therefore ideally suited for professional use. The Shun Classic blades are gorgeous to look at due to the distinctive semigloss pattern exhibited by the Damascus steel composite comprising 32 layers. This combination with the elegant, tapering pakkawood handle, results in an overall aesthetic design that puts quality and functionality at its core.
VG MAX steel with a hardness of 61 (±1) HRC forms the entire blade’s core right up to its edge. Sheathed in 32 layers of Damascus steel, the knife embodies a peerless anatomy paired with a resilient blade that is both hard and flexible at once due to its hybrid composition. The Shun Classic blades have a double-sided edge.
The slim handle made of durable pakkawood is fashioned in a traditional Japanese chestnut shape. High quality resins added to the wood make the material particularly resilient and resistant to moisture. Its typical chestnut shape ensures a comfortable and secure grip whilst cutting, thanks to a small rim on its right side. The integrated tang boosts stability and balance.
Nakiri (English “vegetable cutter”)
The Nakiri blade shape is a traditional Japanese vegetable knife, and it is therefore used primarily for this purpose. Despite its cleaver-like shape it is not suitable for chopping bones.
- Model number DM-0728
- Not for purchase by anyone under 18 years of age. Please note that you may be contacted to provide photo ID before completion of your order.