The 10 Best Asian Kitchen Knives Reviewed | December, 2019
With a view to aiding the most effective and economic purchase of Asian kitchen knives, we present an unbiased and transparent review of ten of the market's best-selling products. The selected products have been compared on a matrix of realistic criteria which include design, make, weight, quality and utility. This review will enable cooks, from professionals to first-timers, to choose among innumerable brands available in the market and make a perfect choice for their mincing and chopping requirements. Thin slices, block cubes, shreds or layers, the quality of the cutting apparatus used makes all the difference in time, labor and style, to delight family, friends and clients. For the quality-conscious buyer, the choice of the kitchen knife is a top priority to ensure the safety of your hands while maintaining the perfect dimensions of the chopped product.
The Yaxell Ran Chef’s Knife is exquisitely sharp, crafted out of enduring VG10 stainless steel, with a heavy and corrosion resistant 8 inches blade. The blade is strengthened by 34 layered VG 10 stainless steel with high carbon, cobalt and vanadium content that provide superior sharpness, edge retention and durability. The blades undergo the traditional heat treatment that includes heating at a specific temperature and ice treatment, very special to every knife made out of Damascus steel, enabling it with an outstanding sharpness quotient of HRC61 on Rockwell scale. The full-tanged, ergonomic handle is made out of odor-free, food-safe black canvas-micarta made of FDA approved resin and linen, double riveted handle, fastened securely onto the knife and is capped with stainless steel.
Heating and Ice hardening treatment of Damascus steel; 69 layered rust-free finish
Double Riveted, ergonomic handle with stainless steel cap; super sharpness of HRC61 Rockwell
Edge of knife is prone to chipping
The Ross Henery Professional Knives set is an assortment of 9 professional Japanese knives and is a perfect companion for a chef’s kitchen. These super sharp knives are carved out of a single piece of premium stainless steel, the carefully chosen assortment includes knives with varying blade sizes from 4 to 12 inches, to cater to various purposes, right from carving, filleting, slicing, peeling and rimming, on a variety of products such as meat, vegetables, herbs and fruits. While the meat fork in handy in holding the meat for cutting, sharpening steel is also provided for sharpening the knives. The knife covers come useful in protecting the blades from corrosion. This one-stop cutting solution can address all cooking needs and is made portable in a comfortable canvas carry case, so that chefs can cook on the go, wherever they happen to be.
Assortment of different knives for multiple purpose; valued added fork, sharpening steel and carry case
Made out of Single piece of stainless steel for maximum sharpness; portable
Edge retention not adequate, easily breakable, sharpness inadequate
The Classic Ikon Chef’s Knife is a wide-bodied Chinese knife, cleaver shaped, made in Germany/ Solingen, designed and manufactured by Wüsthof. The 7” inches blade and the squared finish makes it convenient for slicing culinary herbs and vegetables. The knife is well soldered on to the sleek, dotted handle, curved ergonomically for slip-free holding. PEtec WÜSTHOF technology is renowned for edge precision and enables consistency in sharpness. The stainless steel cutting blade is made from high quality steel, friction-free and durable. The African Blackwood color gives it the much needed visual appeal. It weighs about 1.1 pounds and is easy to use for both professionals and amateurs.
Cleaver shaped body, ideal for slicing and chopping; Trendy and well-fitting handle
PEtec WÜSTHOF technology for accurate edge precision and balance
Relatively new product; not suitable for carving bones
The Sakai Mitsuhide Ichimonji Hiroshi is a Japanese made 150 mm Hawatari kitchen knife, made of quality V gold No. 10 Damascus steel. This petty knife has a stainless and slender body, with the blade laminated with 33 layer steel on both sides. It is easy to hold and use, with a weight of only 78g. Its stainless steel monocoque handle is 18-8 stainless integrated and is shaped ergonomically for better grip and reduction of hand fatigue while cutting. It is durable, corrosion-resistant and is made for long term use.
Made of stain-free V gold No. 10 Damascus steel; double-edged 33 layered steel
18-8 stainless steel integrated monocoque handle
Product comparatively new in market; priced high
Kershaw Pure Komachi 2 is a 6.5 inches Santoku Knife, made of high-carbon stainless steel, is flexible for multi-purpose use in kitchen with its short length and unique blade design. It comes in awe-inspiring monochromatic colors. Its bright black color makes it beautiful to behold, besides certified as food safe by the FDA for the resins used. The notion of color coding is intended both for fun and purpose; it allows cooks to earmark separate knives for separate uses, such as cutting vegetarian and non vegetarian food stuff. The handles are color matched to the body and are slip-free and ergonomic, providing fatigue-reduced grip for the hands. The 16 degree, sharp-edged blades make the knife live up to the “Santoku” virtues of slicing, dicing and mincing. The blade sheaths are of matching color, and ensure safe storage of knives.
Bright color shades add distinctiveness; FDA certified safe resins bonded with quality stainless steel
Slip-resistant, safe and beautiful handles; matching body color
Unsuitable for tough cutting
Shun Classic Slim Knife Block Set is a package of 6 pieces including Paring Knife of 3.5 inches, 7-inch Santoku Knife, 8-inch Chef’s Knife, Honing Steel of 9 inches with Shun Kitchen Shears, encased in an 8-slot Dark Wood Knife Block. The assortment of knives are clad in sturdy, ground and bead-blasted Damascus steel, 34 layered VG max cutting core on both sides. The double bevel 16 degree blade angle guarantees professional edges, handmade to perfection in Seki, Japan. The Pakkawood, moisture resistant handles are D-shaped for visual appeal and ease of grip. The knives come with lifetime warranty and are durable and corrosion resistant. The shears can be taken apart for easy cleaning. The sharp edges are equipped to cut even the hardest culinary product, with the honing tool coming in handy for use with the knives.
Assorted range of knives, honing tool, shears and wooden block, knives made of high quality Damascus steel
34 layered VG max cutting core, D shaped Pakkawood handle
DALSTRONG Santoku Knife – Shogun Series kitchen knife is an exercise in craftsmanship, sculpted out of Japanese VG 10, with a hardness measure of 62 + Rockwell. Stain resistance and sturdiness are ensured by 66 layered, high-carbon interior stainless steel, the knife surpasses all substitutes with its tapered bolster and triple riveted blade for balance and pliability.The 3-step Honbazuke method renders an edge finish of 8-12 degrees on each side. The scalpel shaped super-performing blade if nitrogen cooled for hardness. Technology is at its best, with small Rock hollow divots that dot the body, to fight surface resistance and affinity of cut particles onto the knife. The aesthetic, copper mosaic G10 handle is ergonomic, slip-resistant, durable when exposed to different temperatures and is capped artfully with engravings.
62+ Rockwell hardness layered stainless steel, nitrogen cooled and triple riveted blade
Trendy and engraved, military grade G 10 handle, for durability, Life Time Warranty
Quickly prone to rust, sharpness not up to the mark
The Global G-2 – 8 inch, 20cm Chef’s Knife, with its shining stainless steel and compact handle that is dimpled and molded for better grip, and is made up of the choicest CROMOVA 18 stainless steel, a blend of chromium, vanadium and molybdenum in the right proportions for 100% stain resistance. Its precisioned edges are equipped to retain maximum razor sharpness. Unlike other chef knives that are made for large hands, this sleek handle suits smaller hands elegantly and also weigh less than European styled knives. This Japanese knife ensures safety while cutting by means of a finger notch between the blade and the handle. The long blade is balanced by the sand filled handle. With an unconventional design, friction-free and light weight blades that are well-balanced, cutting is a culinary pleasure with the Global 8 inches Chef’s knife.
Sand filled, dimpled and molded handles for better balance and grip, high chromium steel for stainless and durable functionality.
Light weight knife, suitable even for small hands
Light weight impacts perfection in cutting, performance is inconsistent with time
The Yoshihiro VG 10 knife is a classic kitchen companion, 8 inches wide and a premium Mahogany full tanged handle for perfect balance, extended ergonomically for easy and firm use. The stainless steel center core is its specialty, made out of quality VG-10 Japanese stainless steel, with HRC 60 that guarantees excellent sharpness. Every piece is carefully handcrafted, with a trendy, friction-free design that prevents cut particles from sticking on to knife body. The outer steel is styled with a hammered texture of 16 layers, set in original Damascus tradition. This NSF certified Japanese Gyuto knife is a chef’s delight, mincing anything from vegetable to meat in desired and wholesome pieces.
VG 10 stainless steel core with high HRC level, made out of 16 layered, hammered Damascus steel
Handcrafted by Japanese professionals, Mahogany handle for ease, comfort and balance
Thin blade causes difficulty in cutting hard items, bolster integration with blade not adequate
The 7 inch, sleek, multi-purpose kitchen knife is tough, wide, slip-resistant and is carved from a single piece of high-carbon steel which is shine and stain-free. The kitchen must-have is stain resistant, visually appealing, with strong steel bolsters and a lengthy tang for durability. Its trendy design and unconventional outlook scores high over its counterparts. The sharp and large body and the ergonomic handle make the German-made quality product, a perfect culinary companion for dicing and mincing, to precision. Looks, utility and quality are effectively blended, for professional, chef-styled, wafer thin chopping of vegetables and meat, even by amateur cooks.
High carbon, stainless steel and sturdy body, life time warranty.
Full Length tangs to enhance tool strength, aesthetic and broad handle for ease of holding
Large body, difficult to handle