This knife is made of one of the highest quality steel. While we can assure you enjoy the excellent sharpness and edge retention, some users may experience chipping on the blade. In many cases it is caused by rough use of honing rods, which we do not recommend for this type of hard and razor-sharp thin blade.
Most of the chipping can be restored by whetstone sharpening, but this can be a little arduous. This sharpening ticket will save you from such an unfortunate case. Our professional sharpeners are here to take care of your first sharpening and maximise the performance and longevity of your knife.
"Zan Shin" translates as “to keep one’s mind”. It is a mindset that we should retain our tension after completing a single action and be prepared for the next. For example, in a kendo match, even if you win, those who care Zanshin mindset do not show their joy, meaning that even if you defeat your opponent in front of you, he may still be attacking you again, or there may be a second opponent behind him. So, it is important to always remain focused and keep your mind calm.
In kitchen knives too, we chose this name in the hope that people will not be distracted when cooking, sharpening knives, or in any other situation, and that they will safely prepare delicious food and keep their knives sharp.
This hand forged VG10 Zan Shin knives are made by Mr.Nanbu, one of the reputable blacksmiths in Echizen, Fukui.
The blade of Kiritsuke knives has a different shape to normal Western knives. It is angular shape around the tip and straight line on the spine. This design is originated from rectangular Usuba knives and pointed Yanagiba Knives.
With having both advantages of wide blade Usuba and pointed tip Yanagiba, this hybrid knife works as multi-purpose knife. Besides, by having the angular shape the tip has a smaller angle which is good for some meticulous tasks using a tip.
Kiritsuke knives have become popular because of its aesthetic and functional aspects. It is double bevel blade and has the same cutting pattern as normal Western knives.
HSS is a kind of alloy originally invented to process metals with high speed machine cutting. Added with high amount of Molybdenum and tungsten, HSS has a characteristic with extraordinary hardness.
Along with above the standard amount of primary elements, this steel is formed with powdered super fine metals, which are combined, quenched and forged altogether.
Because of the exceptionally high carbon content, this steel is also called “Semi-Stainless” whose hardness can reach 64-68HRC, perfected with outstanding sharpness and edge retention.
Sharpness ★★★★★ (5/5)
Hardness/durability ★★★★★ (5/5)
Edge retention ★★★★★ (5/5)
Ease of sharpening ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Rust resistance ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Manufactured by Takefu Special Steel,LTD., composed of Carbon 1.35%, Chromium 14.5%, Molybdenum 2.8%, Vanadium 2%, Manganese 0.35%, Rockwell Hardness 62-65 HRC. It is very similar material to R2 powdered high speed steel.
It possesses high durability to bending, also strong to corrosion and wear, assuring the optimum performance in cutlery products. Despite the maximised hardness, sharpening is relatively easy.
|Type of Stainless Steel
|HRC reference (the higher, the better in sharpness, edge retention and longer lifetime)
|Price reference for general chef's knife 21cm
|VG10 and VG1
Suited for both right and left handers as the blade is aligned 50:50 (double bevel).
Complite®︎ is high quality hardwood material made by compressing layered wood and resin with very high temperature and pressure, resulting in 2-3 times as strong compared to ordinary hardwood material, less water absorption and resistant to discolouration.
Each knife comes with an individual knife box, which is good for a storage when not used and is presentable for gift purposes. Use of knife sheath is recommended only when you take the knife outside.
All the knives are pre-sharpened to the optimal result. They are ready for the first cut!
Having been used for a while, even good knives can get chipped and rusty as seen in the above video, but don't worry!
Most of the minor issues can be fixed by sharpening on a #400-#1000 whetstone. We have tutorial videos for you to learn how to use whetstone. However, it might seem a bit hard work to get it done by yourself.
Kaz's knife is offering "Minor-issue warranty" which covers small chips and rust on the knives you purchased from us. You can always contact us when you feel your knife became dull, chipped, rusty, etc. We fix those minor issues and send the sharpened knife back to you, mostly for free of charge! (depending on how much work is required, also you bear the postage for sending the knife to us)
(*) Please be advised, we do not warrant major issues caused by misuses such as dropped, cutting bones or frozen food, putting too much force into hard materials, etc.
We ship products from Melbourne with Australia Post. Delivery for stocked items takes 1-4 business days depending on your location. Please allow extra 2-3 business days for an international delivery.
Free shipping applies above $250 orders.
Our policy lasts 7 days. If 7 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.
"Good knife will change your life"
The best shortcut to improving your cooking is to change to a good sharp kitchen knife.
If the knife cuts well, the ingredients will taste delicious. And a delicious dish puts a smile on the face of the people who eat it.
We want you to make life itself more fun by changing your kitchen knife. Let us guide you to choose the good knife to change your life.