This Kamikoto knife review highlights one of the finest knives out there. Japanese knives are rightly admired the world over for their keen cuts, the way they hold an edge, their strength, and even their styling. For this Kamikoto knife review, we decided to see how this knife performed and how it compared to other similar knives.
For the most part, Japanese-made kitchen knives use the finest quality materials: top grade steel specific to knives. Other knife-makers also use the finest of steels, though, so that's not what makes Japanese knives so highly prized.
The Japanese have a long history of making fine blades, going back the nearly mythical era of the Samurai. Our Kamikoto review is considering knives with centuries of skill and artisanship behind them. The forging process, which makes each knife out of single piece of steel by hand, is what sets these amazing knives apart.
The knife we're looking at for this Kamikoto knife review, the Kamikoto Santoku Chef Knife, is a seven inch blade made to turn your kitchen cutting dreams into reality. Each blade Kamikoto makes is hand-forged in a precision process they've been using for centuries. This knife is made of a corrosion resistant Honshu steel and honed to a satiny finish.
This particular Kamikoto knife is optimized for right-handed chefs and works particularly well at slicing fish, deboning chickens, or thinly slicing vegetables: any job that needs a razor sharp and robust blade capable of doing fine work where minute cuts are required.
The Santoku chef knife is single bevel and already sharpened. The knife has an attractive black handle and comes in a natural ash box with a certificate verifying authenticity.
This knife has been taper ground on one end and hollow ground on the other end to allow chefs to make a range of different precision cuts by simply switching sides or adjusting pressure.
The knives in our Kamikoto knife review can be had for prices of just over $100 to just over $200. All these knives have similarly excellent blades, so this Kamikoto knife review isn't really about the blades. The higher priced knives typically have finer styling, more ergonomic handles, and varying edges to make them somewhat more versatile in the kitchen. They are also likely to last longer.
There are many excellent Japanese knives out there, so for this Kamikoto knife review we'll be comparing the Santoku chef knife to three other similar knives in the Japanese style:
Every knife we considered for our Kamikoto knife review could be a worthy addition to your kitchen arsenal. All of them are fine quality, sharp, easy to hold, and will last a lifetime with the right care. But our real objective here has been to provide a Kamikoto knife review.
In our view, there is really only one downside to the Kamikoto, and that's the price. In every other respect, we felt that this amazing knife would make a tremendous addition to your kitchen and outperformed the other knives in this review in key areas.
Why It's Best
The finish on this knife is second to none, and it strikes the perfect balance between being razor sharp and also easy to re-sharpen for years. The feel in the hand is also amazing. The Tokegah could be just a little bit more comfortable if you're slicing and dicing for hours, but for most home jobs the Kamikoto will be just as comfortable.
We also loved the different grinds on either side of the blade. They allowed us to slightly adjust the angle of a cut to achieve a whole different precision without having to move the knife all the way up and put it back down.
We give the Kamikoto five out of five stars. We're on our way now to get one of our very own to keep permanently.