KAN Core Chef Knife

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Your kitchen will never be the same again.

KAN in Japanese means intuition, perception, or having a ‘sixth sense’. We created a knife that transforms your time and tasks in the kitchen into an experience. Having a high-quality knife turns what used to be a chore into a pleasurable experience that you will look forward to; it is truly that big of a difference.

Three main things make the KAN Core chef knife perfect for the aspiring home chef:

blade damascus steel Japanese chef knife VG-10 ebony handle

Blade

  • VG-10 core
  • 60 HCR
  • Clad with 66 stainless layers
  • Double-beveled 15° angle
  • 7.9″ (200 mm)
  • Razor sharp right out of the box

balanced pinch point ebony handle

Balance

  • Balanced just in front of bolster
  • Encourages a chef’s or ‘pinch’ grip
  • Weighted for power and control
  • Light enough to avoid fatigue
  • Perfect fit for right or left hand

damascus layers Japanese chef knife VG-10 hammered finish

Beauty

  • Beautiful, true damascus pattern
  • Choice of hammered or non-hammered
  • Choice of beautiful ebony or G10 handle
  • Mirror polish and rounded spine edges
  • Symmetrical inverse teardrop handle and cap
67 layers damascus with vg-10 core

Seriously Hard Core

The microexamination of a cross-section of a KAN Core chef knife shows how the VG-10 core is clad by 66 stainless steel layers. The importance of the core can’t be emphasized enough (and please beware of fake VG-10 knives), as both the composition and heat treatment of the core will determine how hard, strong, and brittle your blade will be.

Our knives are treated to approximately 60 on the Rockwell hardness scale. Much softer, and you won’t be able to retain a sharp edge for long. Much harder, and your blade will chip under normal usage. That said, please do not use a KAN Core chef knife on frozen foods, bones, granite counter tops, etc. Just like you wouldn’t take a Ferrari off-roading in the mud and rocks, please protect your blade’s edge with care–it took a lot of work to get it the way it is.

chef knife kan core damascus ebony hammered VG-10

A Work of Art in Your Kitchen

A Pleasure to Use

If you have never had an extremely sharp knife, it is hard to describe what a difference it makes. Instead of the harsh, whacking sounds of a duller blade hitting the cutting board, you hear and feel the effortless slicing through your food. It is honestly a joy to cut up a bag full of vegetables!

A Pleasure to Hold

We balanced the knife right at the bolster to encourage a pinch grip. The control this gives you not only makes it safer to use, but also makes it easier on your arm and hand. A well-balanced and weighted knife helps you avoid fatigue, and the KAN Core chef knife nails the proper balance.

A Pleasure to Look At

Whether you choose the hammered finish or want to enjoy the pattern of the damascus layers across the whole width of the blade, the KAN Core chef knife will be as wonderful to behold as it is to use. With every knife having it’s own unique and beautiful layered pattern, along with your choice of a beautiful dark ebony handle or a pitch black G10 composite handle, this knife makes a beautiful addition to any kitchen; you will seriously want to find a place to display it.

kenji lopez-alt serious eats chef knife review vg-10 balance blade beauty

Take it from THE expert

We knew we got things right when the J. Kenji Lopez-Alt endorsed our knife with praise and tweets. Kenji has more street cred in the kitchen business than anyone else we know, so when he gave us his stamp of approval, we knew we had arrived. We’re proud of the design and quality we deliver in each of our knives.

So take it from the experts, and see what a difference it makes to have an extremely well-sharpened, well-balanced, and well-built chef knife in your hands. We can’t wait for you to try it!

Hammered Ebony

Choice 1: Hammered Ebony

Choose between our striking hammered finish or just enjoy the beauty of the damascus pattern across the entire blade. Then choose between our beautiful dark ebony wood handle vs the durability of the G10 resin handle. Either way, you will end up with a stunning knife worthy of the most tasteful of kitchens.

Hammered G10

Choice 2: Hammered G10

Choose between our striking hammered finish or just enjoy the beauty of the damascus pattern across the entire blade. Then choose between our beautiful dark ebony wood handle vs the durability of the G10 resin handle. Either way, you will end up with a stunning knife worthy of the most tasteful of kitchens.

non-hammered ebony

Choice 3: Non-hammered Ebony

Choose between our striking hammered finish or just enjoy the beauty of the damascus pattern across the entire blade. Then choose between our beautiful dark ebony wood handle vs the durability of the G10 resin handle. Either way, you will end up with a stunning knife worthy of the most tasteful of kitchens.

non-hammered G10

Choice 4: Non-hammered G10

Choose between our striking hammered finish or just enjoy the beauty of the damascus pattern across the entire blade. Then choose between our beautiful dark ebony wood handle vs the durability of the G10 resin handle. Either way, you will end up with a stunning knife worthy of the most tasteful of kitchens.

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