The Shiroi Hana* set of Japanese steel knives are simply stunning. They are light to hold, beautifully designed and great to work with in the kitchen.
I was sent a set of the knives, made by British company Edge of Belgravia, to try out in return for an honest review.
Even though I've only had them for a short time it's made a real difference to my cooking. I've been loving having a set of proper chef's knives and they're a world away from my random collection of different knives that I've cobbled together over the years. The Shiroi Hana knives feel so much lighter to hold than my old ones, which makes them great to work with. They're also a lot sharper - watch out fingers. This is a set of knives that I won't be letting the children use for now!
It's also possible to get a knife holder - which can hold up to 11 knives - called the Black Diamond (pictured above). The core of each knife is made with the super-strong AUS-10 steel, which is only made in Japan. Each knife has 67 layers of steel in addition, protecting the core.
There's a very light floral pattern on the blade of each knife - hence the name. Shiroi Hana translates to white flower.
My favourite so far is the nakiri knife - a traditional Japanese vegetable cutting knife. It slices straight through vegetables without any sawing or effort at all. I've used it to chop courgettes, onions, ginger, tomatoes, coriander, fennel and pak choi so far - it was a bit big for the ginger but sliced it admirably nonetheless.
Edge of Belgravia has a proven track record of making and selling chef's knives. In fact last year they raised over $2million for their first Kickstarter campaign - becoming the most funded chef knife campaign on Kickstarter.
The knives are available to buy via Kickstarter until 7 September - you can choose whether you want a chef's knife ($99USD), a small set of three knives ($199USD) or the full set of six knives ($299USD).
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*Disclaimer: I was sent a set of Shiroi Hana knives and a Black Diamond knife holder to review. All opinions are honest and my own.
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