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Kai knives are manufactured in the heart of the most famous knife-making center in Japan. As a company with such traditional roots, they provide great quality blades that are not coming with sky-high price tags either. Let's look at some of their most popular models in detail to help you decide is these kitchen knives worth your investment or you wanna go with another Japanese brand instead.

About Kai

Kai Knives entered the market from Seki, Japan in 1908 thanks to the creativity of the founder of Kai Group. (1) Their popularity has seen them enjoy a cult like following all over the world.

They exist in three categories of kitchen knives, which are the Shun Classic series, the Seki Magoroku Composite series, and the Premier Tim Mälzer series. Kai Knives are known for their durable and superior blades, which make them suitable for both left handed and right-handed chefs.

Kai Knives Reviewed in This Article

In this article we will show you seven really popular products of the Kai knives, representing some of the top-rated models from their palette.

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Kai Seki Magoroku Damascus Steel Chef's Knife

Design and materials

This knife is sold as a single multipurpose chef knife that has a silver steel branded blade, a handle with laminated wood, and a strengthening steel cap at the end of the blade. The end to end length of the knife is 31 centimeters with the blade measuring 18 centimeters. The knife comes in a black packing box that also serves as its storage box when it is not in use.

Usability

What we liked about this knife is the perfectly balanced full-scale blade that makes cutting using the knife fast and quick. The handle on the Kai Magoroku is laminated with reinforced wood while the welded steel cap at the base of the handle shuts out intrusion of humidity and moisture completely, thereby making the knife resistant to rust and corrosion.

Users who have bought this knife like the blade for its sharpness retention and the fact that it sharpens quickly and easily. The inclusion of a packing box that also acts as a storage box for the knife when not in use also makes this knife popular among many cooks.


PROS

  • Beautifully crafted blade
  • The blade retains sharpness for a long time
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Perfectly balanced knife structure
  • Not prone to corrosion and rust

Cons

  • Does not include a sharpening tool
  • The packing case gets damaged when water spills on it

Kai Pure Komachi Essential 9-Piece Kithen Knife Set

Design and materials

This set of knives includes 8 different knives with different blades that make them ideal for various cutting needs in the kitchen. Each of the knives has a differently colored blade and a matching color on the handle. The set also includes a clear acrylic storage block with ports that fit each of the knife when not in use.

Usability

We like the resin coating on each of the knives' blade because it is corrosion resistant. Moreover, it enhances the separation of the food items being cut by the blade, thereby making it easier to clean. Color coded blades also prevent cross contamination that can occur when the same blade is used to cut different foods like meat and vegetables.

Users who have used this knife before report having an easy time with the large and ergonomic handles that make cutting using the knives effortless. The blades also retain sharpness for a long time.


PROS

  • Includes an acrylic storage block that saves space when storing the knives
  • Color coded blades help avoid cross contamination
  • Resin non-stick coating make it easy to clean the blades
  • Handles have a comfortable grip
  • The set includes knives for different cutting needs

Cons

  • Sharpening the knives could damage the resin coating
  • Cannot be cleaned in the dishwasher

Kai Luna 6-Piece Knife Set

Design and materials

This set of knives comprises five knives that have varied blade edges for different cutting requirements in the kitchen and a wooden storage block that has slots to fit all the knives. All blades are mirror polished at the top edge of the blades while the lower part has a graze finish. Handles are black in color and feature soft grip silicon material both at the top and bottom.

Usability

We like the blade on this knife because it is different from other knives that come with the grazed edge and mirror polished finish. This makes the blades have nice aesthetics and enables the blades to resist rusting and staining. All knives come with protective sheaths that fit over the blades when they are not in use.

Users who have bought this set of knives like the blades because they are easy to sharpen and the included wooden storage block works to save storage space in the kitchen.


PROS

  • Blades remain sharp for a long time
  • XThe blades are rust and stain resistant
  • Easy to sharpen
  • Includes a storage block and covering sheaths for each knife
  • Are lightweight

Cons

  • The chef's knife on the set does not cut through thick meat easily
  • The wooden block is too bulky to carry around

Kai Seki Magoroku Damascus Steel Santoku Knife

Design and materials

This knife is sold as a single Santoku knife that comes with a silver blade that is conspicuously branded with the Kai logo. The knife has a black laminated wooden handle that has a stainless steel strengthening cap at the end. The knife has a short handle that is 3 centimeters long and a blade that measures 14 centimeters.

Usability

This knife's beautifully designed Damascus blade is one of the things our team liked about the knife. The inverted triangular shape fits well in the cook's hand and makes it easy to cut food items. The laminated handle is tightly sealed with a stainless steel cap at the tip to protect the blade from moisture and humidity. This works to protect the knife from rust and corrosion.

Users who have this knife in their kitchens praise the blade for its superior strength and longtime retention of sharpness. The users also advise that the knife be cleaned by hand and to avoid dishwasher cleaning.


PROS

  • Easy to clean with just handwashing
  • Has a beautifully crafted Damascus blade
  • The blade retains sharpness for a long time
  • The knife is rust and corrosion resistant
  • The laminated handle is moisture and humidity resistant

Cons

  • Sold without a covering sheath
  • Sharpening tools have to be purchased separately

Kai Pure Komachi 2 Black Santoku Knife

Design and materials

The Kai Black Knife comes as a single piece of a 6.5-inch Santoku knife that has a black non-stick blade with a hollow ground edge and a black handle. A black covering sheath that fits over the blade when not in use comes with the knife. The sheath has gaps that enable the cook to see the blade when covered.

Usability

The blade comes with a resin non-stick coating that gives the knife an exceptional non-stick performance to ensure it cleans easily and is approved by FDA as safe for food. We also like the comfortable grip handle and the accompanying covering sheath that holds the knife safely when it is not in use.

Users of this knife like the sharp and hollow ground edged blade that easily separates food from the blade when cutting using the knife.


PROS

  • Comfortable to grip handle
  • Lightweight knife
  • Comes with a protective covering sheath
  • The blade retains sharpness for long

Cons

  • The blade on the knife is not full tang
  • The coating on the blade can be scratched when sharpening the blade

Kai Pure Komachi 2 Steak Knife Set

Design and materials

This set piece contains four steak knives that have silver blades with serrated cutting edges and dark gray handles. The blades have an FDA approved resin coating and are made of high-carbon steel material. Each of the knife's handle is ergonomic and perfectly balanced with the blade's weight. The set of steak knives weighs only 1.4 ounces when packed.

Usability

The serrated edges on the blade help in cutting through meat at the dining table with ease and retain the sharpness for a long time. Resin coating on the blades is approved by FDS as safe, enables the knife to glide through steaks with ease, and resists corrosion and rusting of the blade. Handles that are firmly fitted to the body of the knife enable the diner to hold the knife comfortably and cut with minimal effort.

Cleaning the knives should be limited to handwashing as advised by cooks and diners who own this set of knives. Dishwasher cleaning should be avoided because it causes staining on the blades and damages the resin coating.


PROS

  • Serrated edges help the blades retain their sharpness
  • The blades cut through meat effortlessly
  • Comfortable to hold handles
  • The blades are rust and corrosion resistant

Cons

  • The serrated blades require special sharpening tools and technique
  • The set is not sold with protective sheaths or a storage block

Kai Wasabi Black Deba Knife

Design and materials

The Wasabi Black Knife is sold as a single Japanese deba Knife that features a silver single-beveled Japanese design and double beveled European design. The material used to make the blade is 1k6 high carbon stainless steel that is bead blasted. The handle is D-shaped and made of Pakka wood that is resin reinforced.

Usability

We like this knife's unique shape and the design of its blade and handle because they enable users to cut ultra-thin slices that leave the delicate membrane on the slices intact.

Users who have previously used this knife report its outstanding performance when cutting through herbs and vegetables because it enables them to achieve intact thin slices.

The blades, however, develop stains when the knives are not properly cared for. The knives should only be hand washed and dried immediately to prevent them from corrosion, rusting, and staining.


PROS

  • Blade remains sharp for a long time
  • The knife has evenly spread weight on the blade and handle
  • Cuts small sized slices that remain intact
  • The flat cutting edge is easy to sharpen

Cons

  • Blades stain when left in water for a long time
  • Sold without a storage block or protective sheath

What Features to Consider When Choosing a Knife?

When choosing a Kai knife for use in your kitchen, you need to consider some of the factors we have discussed in the section below:

The Materials used to make the Knife

The materials used to make the knife should be of superior quality. If the knife has any non-stick coating on the blade, be sure to confirm that it is approved as safe for food handling by regulating authorities such as the FDA.

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The handles on a good Kai knife should be resistant to moisture and humidity absorption, which will enable the knife to last for a long time.

Maintenance

Pick a knife that is guaranteed to serve you for a long time when you follow proper maintenance guidelines. Proper maintenance could include only hand washing the knife and never cleaning it in the dishwasher. Ensure that the knife is also thoroughly dried before being placed in storage.

Storing the knife should only be with other stainless steel utensils. Avoid keeping the knife in drawers that contain iron utensils because they are prone to rust.


Related questions

Is Kai a Good Knife Brand?

Kai knives are a top brand of knives. Their superiority stems from the Japanese methodology that is used to make them. Their blades and handles are made using high quality and long lasting materials. The knives also come both as a set and as individual pieces.

Where are Kai Knives Made?

Kai Knives are made in Seki, Japan. Luckily, the manufacturer ships them to many countries across the world, thus making them readily available to most people.