About Kamikoto Kanpeki Knife Set
Over a thousand years of craftsmanship have inspired the final form of the Kamikoto Kanpeki Knife Set. Meticulously handcrafted, each blade features high-quality steel from Honshu, Japan – a steel with high corrosion resistance and durability. The Kanpeki Knife Set is rigorously quality tested to ensure that it meets the distinction and caliber of Kamikoto.
The Kamikoto Kanpeki Knife Set includes one vegetable knife, one slicing knife, and one utility knife to tackle the smaller, more intricate chores in the kitchen. Each knife is precision balanced and weighted for optimal form and long-lasting performance.
The Nakiri vegetable knife is 7 inches long, the slicing knife is 8.5 inches long, and the utility knife is 5 inches long. Each blade is carefully tapered on one side and hollow ground on the other. Both handle and blade are satin finished to a subtle, yet stunning luster. The Kamikoto Kanpeki Knife Set is presented in a natural-colored ash wood box for safe storage and keeping.
Yamamoto-san is a fourth-generation master knifesmith and Chairman of the Kamikoto 神箏 Advisory Board. He continues to work in the company founded by his great-great grandfather in 1908. A family of swordsmiths, Yamamoto-san ancestors made their living forging traditional katana blades. The family refined steel and made katana blades for the Japanese Navy. Yamamoto-san’s sees the knife industry in Niigata as one born of necessity and demand, and is optimistic that this ancient craft will stay alive and flourish for many generations to come.
Kamikoto appreciates that a good product is incomplete without great service. Our work does not end with the craftsmanship of a flawless blade. Understanding and anticipating a client's needs is integral to the Japanese spirit of omotenashi, or the philosophy of selfless hospitality. Kamikoto's goal is to respond to clients' needs clearly and quickly, delivering the same high quality in Kamikoto 神箏 service as is found in Kamikoto 神箏 products; and to strive to see things from our client's perspective as well as from our own.
Steelmaking has been at the beating heart of Honshu 本州, Japan’s largest island, for more than 800 years. From traditional techniques like Mokume-gane 木目金 – with its distinctive layered patterns to ironworking, swordsmithing and metal casting – Japan’s metal craft techniques were evolved and refined over the centuries. Kamikoto builds on this legacy to keep tradition alive in a changing world. Kamikoto is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and sources its steel from select and carefully chosen steel mills on Honshu 本州 island, from the prefectures of Niigata 新潟市, Ibaraki 茨城県and Kanagawa 神奈川県, among others.
As with many complex tasks, rather than a single craftsman, a group of dedicated artisans are involved in the making of a single knife. From the smith who forges the raw shape to an expert polisher, grinder, and a specialist who sharpens the blade to the traditional fine edge. Kamikoto knives stay true to Japan’s centuries-old legacy to make knives of exceptional quality and solemn beauty. Each Kamikoto knife is masterclass in skill; you feel the spirit of the craftsman flowing through the end piece. All Kamikoto knives come with certificates of authenticity – and a natural-ash wood box for safekeeping and careful preservation of the Kamikoto blade.
Every Kamikoto blade is forged from high-quality Japanese steel. Kamikoto sources its steel from select steel mills on Honshu 本州 island, from the prefectures of Niigata 新潟市, Ibaraki 茨城県 and Kanagawa 神奈川県, among others. We favor Japanese steel because their manufacturers demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to ensuring a given material is exactly what it says it is. Without exceptions. Taking pride in the quality of our materials and craft is an integral part of Kamikoto’s culture.