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Kai Shun Minamo: artistic combination between Japanese and European kitchen knives

Kai Shun and Tim Mälzer introduced an elegant collection of kitchen knives: the Minamo collection. These knives are an artistic combination of Japanese and European knives. A fusion we hadn't seen before. The fact that the blade stays broad up to the end of the knife is quite remarkable. This was done to easily move vegetables and fruit, after these have been cut. The combination of black pakka wood and the damast pattern has turned these knives into unique works of art. The collection is comprised of three knives: a santoku, paring knife and a utility knife. 

Kai Minamo blade 

The fact that the blade stays broad up to the end of the knife is quite remarkable. This was done to easily move vegetables and fruit, after these have been cut. The core of the Kai Minamo kitchen knives is made from extremely hard VG-MAX steel with a hardness of 61-62 HRC. The core is wrapped in 32 layers of stainless damast. With, as a finishing touch, a glossy finish. Each KAI blade gets a special surface treatment, creating the stunning pattern of lines that is so characteristic of damasteel. Each KAI knife is sharpened by hand before it ends up in your kitchen. The shape of the blade and the stunning design ensure that these knives stand out.

Kai Minamo handle 

The handle is made from laminated, black pakka wood and has a traditional Japanese 'chest nut shape'. This makes the knife great for both left and right-handed users. The slight curve at the base of the handle makes these knives feel amazing in hand.