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The KAI Shun Nagare 17 cm Santoku knife is a beautiful, Asian-inspired knife.It is designed for vegetables, proteins, fruit for slicing, dicing, and chopping, that is to say, it is a multi-purpose knife.
The Santoku bōchō (Japanese: 三徳包丁; "three virtues" or "three uses") is shorter, lighter, thinner, and more hardened (to compensate for thinness) than a traditional Western chef's knife.
The three cutting tasks which the knife performs well are: slicing, dicing, and mincing.
With Shun Nagare, KAI has created another innovative masterpiece of Japanese blacksmithing.
The sophisticated design, the special properties of the materials used and a technically complex production process mean that this series of knives belongs to the absolute luxury class.
The blade on the Kai Shun Nagare knives immediately draws the attention.
On the highly polished blade, an ornately decorated, radial pattern of Damascus layers is visible.
It consists of two different types of steel, flexible VG2 steel and hard VG10-steel, which are bonded to a 72-layered piece of Damascus steel. The complex layering of the two types of steel results in a blade with exceptionally sustainable cutting power.
As such it has become a type of dual core blade with a hardness of 61 HRC.
Innovatively forged and remarkably designed. As if the rays of a rising sun have been captured in the blade. The pattern runs over the entire surface of the blade up to the razor-sharp tip with a subtle micro bevel.
The handle has been ergonomically designed with a slight descending line and a small belly. As a result the blade rests perfectly in your hand when cutting. The handle has been made from black-grey mélange Pakkawood and secured with two rivets.
This effect, combined with the mottled grey-black handle, gives the knife an impressive overall appearance.
The forged full tang in the handle creates a beautiful balance with the blade. All of this seamlessly blends with the image of these remarkable kitchen knives.
As a result, each Kai Shun Nagare knife is a delight to work with!
|Brand||K A I|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|Overall length||31.1 cm|
|Blade length||17.6 cm|
|Blade width||5.25 cm|
|Blade thickness||2.15 mm|
|Number of layers||73|
|Bevel||Double 50/50 with micro bevel|
|Handle length||12.5 cm|
|Warranty on materials and manufacturing defects||Lifetime|