Kamikoto is a company that’s widely known all over the world due to their high-quality Japanese stainless-steel knives that are incredibly durable and low-maintenance. This company is based in China, which can initially cause some confusion, considering these are marketed as Japanese knives. But rest assured. These knives are handcrafted out of Japanese steel. Master craftsman use the same techniques to create these knives that have been used in Japan for thousands of years. The strong, beautiful steel is what makes these knives stand out from the competition, but the innovative handle design gives these knives a type of added weight that works to give the user more control while they’re cutting.
Our Verdict: This is a versatile, three piece set that includes three essential knives that you’ll find yourself relying on for most of your cutting tasks. These knives are corrosion-resistant and equipped with weighted handles, giving the user more control over fast cutting action. We’d recommend these knives to both amateur and pro cooks and basically anyone in need of knives that can easily handle heavy duty use, while providing impressive results.
Read on to learn just why this Japanese knife set earned a perfect score.
Kamikoto’s latest set, the Kanpeki features a five-inch utility knife, a seven-inch Nakiri knife, and an eight and a half inch slicing knife. These knives are weighted, precision balanced, and corrosion resistant.
While there are only three knives in this set, the manufacturer was sure to include the most important knives in any chef’s cutting arsenal. These are the knives that are most commonly used in the kitchen, the ones you’ll depend on the most. Of course, the sheer quality of the knives is one of the many reasons this set is such a hit among the pros, but the fact that these knives also don’t need to be sharpened as often as low quality knives will be a big selling point for any cook in search of a durable, high-quality set that’s also low maintenance.
Overview and Features
These beautifully crafted knives are not only display-worthy, but they can easily outperform any Western kitchen knife you’ve used.
They also don’t require constant sharpening like most standard kitchen knives which must be sharpened before each use.
So, if you need incredibly strong, razor-sharp, and low-maintenance knives that can handle any cutting task you throw their way, then the Kanpeki three-piece Japanese set will quickly become the best thing that ever happened to your kitchen.
Cut Your Prep Work in Half
If you’re tired of spending hours in the kitchen, handling all the prep work and cutting up the leftovers, or meal prepping for the week, the Kanpeki set will work hard to help cut back on the amount of time you’re stuck in the kitchen, and can even help amateur cooks to perfect their cutting, slicing, and dicing skills. The weighted handles and sharp blades together make up knives that are designed for precision and speed.
If you’ve heard of Kamikoto before, then you’re already familiar with the quality of these knives. Like other sets produced by Kamikoto, the Kanpeki knives are incredibly sharp and feature beautiful wooden handles that work to complement the blade design.
As we have mentioned, while produced in China, these Kamikoto knives are all made out of Japanese steel. The knives are designed to hold an edge for a very long time, with only occasional maintenance. They’re also considered more durable compared to Western kitchen knives and feature a nice weight that gives the user excellent control when cutting, slicing, and dicing.
Durability and Performance
- This three-piece knife set arrives in a beautiful wooden box.
- Each of the knives is made out of corrosion-resistant steel, which makes them much easier to clean and care for.
- Unlike the Miyabi Birchwood SG2 9″ chef’s knife, these knives offer a little more heft than what you would expect from a Japanese knife, however, the weight doesn’t hinder their performance in the kitchen.
- In terms of aesthetics, the knives feature reserved lines, elegant curves and deep black handles that nicely complement the satin finish of the blade.
Care and Maintenance
For cleanup, these knives should be washed in warm soapy water and dried immediately. While the blades are corrosion-resistant, these high-quality knives should definitely never be left in the sink to soak.
The blades can easily be sharpened with a whetstone, once they begin to lose their edge. Many cooks have reported using the knives for more than six months without having to sharpen them, which is pretty impressive.
Like most sets of Japanese knives, right out of the box the knives have a razor-sharp edge. Maintenance is a matter of using a whetstone to sharpen the blades once they begin to lose their edge. How frequently the blades must be sharpened will all depend on how often you use them. With regular use, we recommend sharpening the blades every two or three months.
This set is a great choice for both beginners and pros, but considering it’s only a three-piece set, pros may be in search of a larger set that offers more versatility in the kitchen. You can learn more about the different styles of Japanese knives to choose from in our ultimate buying guide, just click here.
The slicing knife measures in at eight and a half inches long. Featuring a single beveled design, this knife is made out of corrosion resistant stainless-steel. This is one knife you can depend on for daily use in the kitchen and it can also make prepping food fun. It cleanly slices through meats, fruits, and veggies. The knife itself has a curved belly and a thick handle. The blade has some heft to it, which prevents it from rocking during prep work.
Despite the fact that we found the knife to be a bit heavy, it offers excellent balance, which makes it easier to control as you dice or chop. The knife’s single bevel design prevents food from sticking to the blade, allowing for cleaner cuts and faster cutting work. This is definitely a knife every cook can appreciate.
Nakiri Vegetable Knife
As the name suggests, this knife is perfect for cutting up fruits and veggies. The seven-inch blade allows you to handle a wider range of cutting jobs in the kitchen from chopping up potatoes to thin dicing carrots. Because the blade features a wider area it’s also great for cutting up larger fruits and veggies including pumpkins, watermelon, and eggplants.
Like the slicing knife, the seven-inch Nakiri knife is heavier than what you would expect from a Japanese knife, but this added heft is what makes slicing much easier. The knife cuts well through a variety of textures and can even cleanly slice through tougher fruits and veggies, as long as the user allows the weight of the knife to guide them through each cut. This is the perfect knife to use if you’re cutting veggies or fruit for a platter. The clean cuts allow you to achieve presentation worthy platters, but the increased heft of the knife provides the type of power and control you need if you often work with larger volumes of food.
This five-inch utility knife is a true multitasker. It’s a great knife to use for prepping, but it’s also sharp enough to handle tougher jobs in the kitchen such as trimming the fat off of chicken breasts or slicing through yams.
It’s very versatile, although the length of the blade makes it a poor choice for bigger jobs such as filleting fish or carving a melon. For some, this lighter design makes the knife easier to handle, guide, and control. While this is the smallest knife in the set, it’s the easiest to use and the most versatile. It can handle most types of mid-sized food, but it even does well with tasks such as scoring, peeling, or dicing something small such as garlic cloves or berries.
- Three-piece set
- Includes wooden case
- The heft of the handles improves user control for cooks with smaller hands
- Single-bevel blade design
- Blades feature a beautiful satin finish
- Durable construction
- The weight of the knives can lead to user fatigue