With this series Kai wanted to combine the typical Japanese
Santoku knife with the classic European kitchen knife. The blade is constructed
from a central core made of extremely hard steel VG-MAX (61 + -1 HRC) coupled
with two 32-layer damask steel cheeks. The surface of the blade is reminiscent
of raindrops - which is the meaning of the Japanese word Minamo. The glossy
finish of the blade highlights the very fine grain of Damascus. The black pakka
wood handle is impregnated with phenolic resins and polished by hand. Thus providing
the highest sharpness, long cutting durability and ideal performance.
With its understated elegance, the Shun Minamo series joins
the ranks of premium class Kai knife series. An artistically combination of
both Japanese and European features. Tim Mälzer's idea was to create a
synthesis of the typical Japanese Santoku and the classic European chef's
This fusion was the base for the three blade shapes. The series is designed
with a clear stylistic idiom. The combination of the black wood
hilt together with the specifically designed blade and its
evenly damascene pattern, lets every knife look like an individual item.