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Review: The Best Japanese Knives of 2016, Editors Picks

Best Japanese Knives

When it comes to making blades, the Japanese are the best in the business. Samurai swords are one of the most iconic blades created by the Japanese and the authentic blades sell for as high as $420,000. But this article is not about the Samurai swords, but about the blades used in the kitchen. These are the best Japanese knives of 2016, but they are also one of the best knives that you can get for your money. They are more of a premium offering and cost much more than the average knife, but offer stellar quality and longevity.

Two names lead the industry when talking about Japanese knives, Shun and Yoshihiro. The knives from these two brands are the best Japanese knives that you can get your hands on today. However, they do come with an impressive price tag.

Yoshihiro Aoko Blue Steel Gyuto Japanese Chef Knife

If a knife can be considered as a piece of art, then the Aoko Blue Steel Gyuto Chef’s Knife from Yoshihiro would be one. It has a layered construction and consists of high carbon Blue steel #2 inside which is layered with highly corrosion resistant stainless steel.

With a hardness score of 62-63 on the Rockwell scale, the Aoko Blue Steel Gyuto knife doesn’t require much sharpening at all and retains a very sharp edge throughout. The knife has a Pakkawood handle and also comes with a protective sheath made of magnolia wood called ‘Saya’.

Talking about the knife itself, it has a beautiful hammered pattern on it which looks absolutely stunning. Artisans with a long lineage dating back centuries, masterfully constructing each knife. For a price of nearly $150, this one is an investment that you will not regret and is at the top of the best Japanese knives.

Yoshihiro Mizu Yaki Aogami Kurouchi Gyuto Chef’s Knife

This one from Yoshihiro is also a very premium offering and costs nearly $250. The knife is named Mizu Yaki which is a process of hardening steel with pure water which provides the knife with extreme longevity and strength.

This Black forged knife is stain resistant and is made by forging, layering and hammering. The technique is done with the utmost attention to detail. This knife uses a more advanced version of high carbon Blue Steel. It is known as Super Blue High Carbon Steel, which has a score of 64-65 on the Rockwell scale.

Due to its amazing hardness and edge retention capacity, this knife needn’t be sharpened for a very long time. Even chefs with a lot of experience claim that this knife is an adamant contender to become one of the best Japanese knives.

Shun TDM0771 Premier Kiritsuke Knife

The last one on the list of the best Japanese knives is the Premier Kiritsuke knife from Shun. It would be a crime not to include Shun on the list, and this one is a beauty. The hand hammered ‘tsuchime’ finish on the knife gives it an authentic look.



The knife is made of Shun’s proprietary VG-MAX super steel. It is layered with Damascus steel for attaining unmatched strength. The knife blade has an angle of 16 degrees, hence making it one of the sharpest blades around.

The handle of the Shun Premier Kiritsuke knife is made of Pakkawood. It comes with a walnut finish which looks really slick. Kiritsuke knives are all purpose knives and can be used for almost anything in the kitchen.

Finally, we have reached the end of the list of the best Japanese knives. There are several other brands apart from the ones mentioned here. If you have any suggestions, please do let us know in the comments section below!

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