Kamikoto Knife Review: Are They Good Quality Knives?

By Ryan Leavitt •  Updated: 09/27/21 •  11 min read

Asian-style knives are well known for their top-notch craftsmanship mingled with minimalistic artistry.

Kamikoto is one of these.

A popular brand among many professionals in the food industry, these blades have become a status symbol: you’re probably a great cook if you wield these in the kitchen.

But how good can these cutters actually be?

Let’s find out in this short guide.

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A Brief Brand Background

While Japan is still the leader when it comes to Asian-style kitchen knives, one small town called Yanjiang in China has also been concocting wonderfully incisive creations for over a millennium.

Up to this day, Yanjiang is still a bladesmithing hub in the country. And Kamikoto calls it home.

There isn’t a lot of information as to when or how the brand was established. But they do put out vital information:

Are Kamikoto Knives Worth It?

The price is one bit of info which the company publicize and has been the topic of a lot of discussions.

You see, a single Santoku can go as high as $800.

Sure, if you check the prices on their website right now, you will see this cut down by about 80% which means you will only have to pay a little under $200.

But $200 is still a whole lot of money for just one piece.

Generally speaking, everything we know about Kamikoto knives makes this a functional piece and may be worth that much.

But if you need a bit more convincing, please read on.

Reviews of the Best Kamikoto Knives

Senshi Dual Knife with Wooden Display Stand

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This very unassuming set of two (as the title implies) consists of a 10-inch Chef’s knife and a 5.5-inch utility blade – must-haves in any kitchen.

Blade Construction

The steel used for this collection is not specified although, as aforementioned, they do say that this was formulated in Honshu. Also, it is said to be resistant against corrosion (unlike many high Carbon Japanese knives) and is incredibly durable.

*Take note that this is the same for all the different series in the Kamikoto line.

Usual Features and Notable Ones

Perhaps, the most interesting feature here is the edging of the blade which is Kata-ha or single-beveled. This is quite apparent in the profile of the blade where the light-colored upper part transitions to the darker bevel below.

Accompanying Accessories

This set has a wooden knife holder for the two blades. The flat board has an angled frame on the left where you can hoist the handle and small clips on the right where the tips of the blades can rest upon.

All Kamikotos come with a storage box made of the same wood used in the display stand and a certificate of authentication.

Kensei Knife Set

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This set has quite the interesting duo: a 6.5-inch boning knife and a 9.5-inch Kiritsuke. But if you’re the type who likes preparing a lot of meat and seafood (with a smattering of veggie side dishes), this is the perfect tool combo for you.

Form and Function

The Kiritsuke is a traditional Japanese blade that is unique from others because it can be used on a variety of ingredients.

This Kensei follows the original form of the blade – high heel, straight spine, a slight curve on a belly, and a reverse tanto tip.

The Kensei Boning knife is shorter than usual but will do the same job, thanks to the subtle concaved spine and upward curving belly to meet the high tip.

Usual Features and Notable Ones

The Kensei pieces have the same tang, bolster and handle form as the Senshi knives described above. These are also single-beveled.

Accompanying Accessories

This also comes in the same light-colored wooden box for storage with the certification document.

The Chuka Bocho Cleaver

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One of the most important tools in any East Asian kitchen is the cleaver. For people who know how to use this properly, this is quite versatile.

Kamikoto understands that well that’s why they offer this as a single piece with its very own box.

Form and Function

This looks like most Chuka Bochos: broad and rectangular, with its high heel, straight spine, straight belly, and flat tip.

As noted above, this is incredibly all-purpose for someone skilled in wielding it. It can shred cabbages, slice potato sheets, julienne carrot slivers, split cartilage and soft bones, mince herbs and aromatics, and so many more.

Usual Features and Notable Ones

Kamikoto’s Chuka Bocho has the same no-nonsense tang, bolster, and handle as the two above. The only difference this has is that it is Ryoba or double-beveled.

Accompanying Accessories

This also comes in a wooden storage box plus the authentication paper.

The Steak Knife Set

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When foreign influence started to change the cultural climate of Japan in the late 1800s, their eating habits were greatly altered too.

Beef, for example, became a staple in their diet which led to the invention of the Gyuto. And steak knives became a common companion of their chopsticks.

Blade Construction

This is made from a Carbon and stainless steel alloy crafted from a town called Keiyo which is near Tokyo in Japan.

Form and Function

This has a very conventional steak knife shape: 5 inches in length, half an inch or so wide, and somewhat spear-shaped with its upward-curving tip.

However, this does not have the usual serrations which may be owed to the types of steak dishes that Japan serves.

Usual Features and Notable Ones

These are all the same as the other knives already described but this is Ryoba or double-edged.

Accompanying Accessories

The same box as the others and an authentication paper.

The Santoku Chef Knife

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After the Second World War, another kitchen tool was invented to keep up with the needs of the locals: the incredibly versatile Santoku.

Many designs cropped up in the subsequent decades – some with Granton indents, others smaller like a utility knife, and so on.

Kamikoto stuck to tradition.

Form and Function

Many like the Santoku because it feels less dangerous than other Japanese knives. Kamikoto has found a way to maintain that but also keep the striking beauty of the blade.

This has the same flat spine and slight curve to the belly but has a high heel that slants towards the handle and a longer (more drawn out) sheep’s foot tip.

Usual Features and Notable Ones
This has the same form as the others when it comes to the tang, bolster, and handle. It is also single-beveled.

Accompanying Accessories

It comes in the same box with a certification document.

Kanpeki Knife Set

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Kamikoto doesn’t have a lot of series or collections compared to other brands but this Kanpeki set seems to be the most complete.

It includes a 7-inch Nakiri or vegetable cleaver, an 8.5-inch slicer, and a 5-inch Utility knife. When you think about it, this can do as much slicing, dicing, and chopping in the kitchen as the four essentials in the Western world.

Form and Function

All the pieces in the set are pretty much standard in terms of form.

Usual Features and Notable Ones
For the nth time, the bolster and handles of the Kanpeki pieces have the same look and feel as the others described earlier.

Accompanying Accessories

And yes, all these are presented in the same box with the same confirmation of genuineness.

The Kuro Series Set

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Just like the Kanpeki collection, this has everything you might need: 7-inch Santoku, a 6.5-inch Nakiri, and a 5-inch Utility knife.

But this one is a breath of fresh air as it is completely different from all the other Kamikotos that has been presented here so far.

Blade Construction

Unlike the Honshu-crafted steel that the others are forged from, the Kuro pieces are made from Zirconium dioxide or, very simply, ceramic.

Ceramic knives make harder, thinner, and sharper kitchen knives. Even better, these are also less expensive than steel ones.

Form and Function

If you go past the darkness of the blades and scrutinize the form, you will see that these are pretty standard. Simply re-read the descriptions of the Santoku, Nakiri, and utility blade above!

Usual Features and Notable Ones

Accompanying Accessories

This also comes in a box with the same authenticity credentials.

Pros of Kamikoto Knives

Cons of Kamikoto Knives

Notable Collections

Of all the sets mentioned in this list, the best in terms of comprehensiveness would be the Kanpeki with the long protein slicer, the vegetable Nakiri, and the versatile utility blade.

These three pieces are three of the essentials you need in the kitchen. You can add a paring knife and a serrated one to complete your collection although FYI: Kamikoto does not offer those.

The Kuro series which is made from ceramic blades comes as a close second, particularly if you’re a home cook and aren’t that confident with using single-beveled blades.

But, to be perfectly honest, nothing beats forged steel for knives especially if you’re a professional in the food industry.

This Needs a Bit of Mulling Over

Kamikoto is, without a doubt, a beauty to behold and incredibly functional. But with its outstanding feature – the single-beveled edge – it’s not easy to use. On top of that, it’s pricey.

But if you’re confident with your slicing and dicing skills, go for this brand and any of the sets listed. You won’t regret it.

Ryan Leavitt

Hi my name is Ryan Leavitt a Marine Corps Veteran and currently an over the road trucker (Long Haul). I am no expert chef but am enjoying preparing my own meals on the road and testing all the different knives.