Kai has a tradition of cutlery that dates back over 100 years. Their products are known for their excellent functionality, sharpness and durability. The production of the knives is based on the age-old art of forging Japanese samurai swords. We offer three lines of Japanese knives for all purposes, as well as sharpening tools and accessories.
You can find our Buying Guide at the bottom of the page, or find our Kai knives comparison.
The Kai Shun Nagare knife series is a masterpiece of Japanese craftsmanship.
The complex manufacturing process used to make these blades is known as Dual Core, a double layering of two different steels - a soft, strong VG2 steel and a particularly hard VG10 steel - that are bonded into a 72-layer Damascus steel piece.
This complex layering of the two different steels produces a knife with exceptional durability and sharpness. The blades are highly polished and showcase the flowing pattern of the damascus steel layers.
The riveted handles are ergonomically shaped with a western grip and are made of mottled gray pakkawood.
The latest addition to our Kai line is the Kai Shun Premier, a series inspired by the famous German chef Tim Mälzer.
The blades have a core of corrosion-resistant VG MAX steel. VG MAX steel contains extra carbon to improve its strength and durability and more chromium to resist wear and corrosion. In addition, it contains more cobalt to enhance its strength and more tungsten, which allows the steel to have a very fine grain and extreme sharpness. Damascus layers - 32 layers - support the core and provide additional stain resistance.
Finally, it is embellished with a hand-hammered surface, called Tsuchime, which acts as a series of hollowed-out cavities to reduce resistance. The blades have a hardness of 61+1HRC.
The pakkawood handles are ergonomically designed and symmetrical for optimal grip and are suitable for both right and left handed users. The embossed tip adds balance.