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KAN + Kenji: Feeding America

We’re finally launching our complete KAN Core line. With the help of your pre-orders, we are teaming with J. Kenji López-Alt to donate to FeedingAmerica.org. Instead of a crowdfunding platform, we’re doing a crowdfeeding campaign!

Knives introduction and pre-order details:

Pre-order Launch Details

  • Kenji is not being paid for this endorsement.
  • To purchase Kenji’s autographed book(s), add them to a knife bundle
  • All knife purchases are pre-orders and will ship when manufactured
  • 5% will be donated to Feeding America for 30 days (thru Oct. 9)
  • Knives purchased in bundles have the steepest discounts
  • All knives (besides steak knife sets) come individually boxed
  • Estimated to ship before Christmas, if you order soon
  • Great for Christmas gifts!

Heard Enough?

It’s a great looking knife. Perfectly balanced blade and handle, and nice and sharp even out of the box. It’s a dreamy knife. If you’re in the market for a really great, high-end knife, this is the one to go with.

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Writer, The Food Lab, Serious Eats, New York Times

If you're looking for knives that will transform your time in the kitchen, you've arrived.

With the blade, balance, and beauty of KAN Core knives, cooking will never be the same.

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KAN: /kän/

perception; intuition; the sixth sense (Japanese)

Introducing: KAN Core Chef Knife

The KAN Core chef knife is all about blade and balance;
the beauty is just a bonus.

The Blade

We set out to create our favorite chef knife, at a reasonable price. We started at the core. When you build a knife that needs to take a very sharp edge, then hold it for a long time, the obvious choice is VG-10 Japanese super steel.

VG-10 is a very hard high-carbon steel that can take an angle as acute as 15 degrees and still hold it for a very long time. Our steel is imported from Takefu, Japan, and the hardness is between approximately 60 HRC.

This is the sweet spot for having a razor-sharp blade without needing to sharpen very often, and you won’t have a difficult time restoring the original edge when you do.

The Balance

A good chef knife will do a lot of the work for you. In order to do that, the weight and balance need to be just right.

We balance our knives just behind the pinch point for a comfortable blade grip. We advise against a handle grip with our chef knife as it can be unwieldy and even dangerous, as the blade can flop to one side or the other. Using a pinch grip allows for more precision and control.

Our 200mm (~8-inch) chef knife weighs just over 8 oz, so you won’t get the hand fatigue that comes with bulky German knives, even after myriad strokes. You will have enough weight, however, to avoid working so hard to get through tougher foods.

The Beauty

From top…

The KAN Core series features a 67-layer damascus steel blade, with 66 stainless steel layers clad about the VG-10 core. We offer both a hammered and non-hammered finish. Both show off the beautiful damascus wood grain-like patterns.

…to bottom

We offer two handles: ebony wood and G10. G10 is a glass-based epoxy resin laminate. Though we never condone soaking our knives, G10 will never absorb water, and will last through the ages. Ebony is an extremely hard and beautiful wood, and you won’t go wrong with either choice.

Ebony

G10

We are so excited to have launched our KAN Core series. We’re so excited to get one into your hands.

With our recent launch, we are so grateful for all the support from our backers. We can’t wait to hear what you think of the new knives. You can post on and  follow our updates on our Facebook page.

Frequently Asked Questions
Will you offer other knives/sizes?

We just launched pre-orders of our full set of knives. Shop now to take advantage of our early bird discounts.

What are the specs for the KAN Core chef knife?
  • Weight: 8.4 ounces
  • Blade length: 200mm (7.9inches)
  • Blade:
    • Core composition: Japanese VG-10 high carbon steel
    • Core hardness: Approximately 60HRC
    • 66 Damascus layers, stainless steel cladding
    • Finish: hammered or non-hammered
    • Edge angle: 15° double-bevel (30° total)
  • Handle: Ebony wood (dark brown) or G10 (black)
How do I take care of my new knife?

Please see our Start guide for the best tips and tricks for safely getting the most out of your knife for generations. Also, see the video we made with Kenji on sharpening and maintaining your knives.

What is the function of the hammered finish?
The hammered finish is mostly for aesthetics, but there is a slight benefit of certain foods releasing a little easier.
Where is KAN located?
We are based in Orem, Utah in the USA.
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