Kevin's Top 5 Gift Knives of 2019

December 04, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Kevin's Top 5 Gift Knives of 2019

Knives make great gifts. Every time someone uses that knife they will think about you, and if cared for it will last a lifetime. I recommend that you gift a knife that has a stunning appearance so the recipient is immediately excited to use it, something that is easy to care for, and doesn't break the bank. The side benefit of gifting a knife is getting asked to dinner more often.

Here are my top five gift knives for 2019.


Takamura Cromax 165mm Santoku $175

Perfect for starting a Japanese knife collection, this multipurpose knife ticks all of the boxes. The hammer marked blade slides through food effortlessly and gives it a great look. Takamura-san is not only a karaoke king (especially 1980’s hair metal) but one of the top blacksmiths in his generation. 


Fujimoto Hammer Tone 240mm Sujihiki $329

Our new line from Fujimoto is a stunner. They have quickly become one of our most popular gift knives. I think a 240mm slicer is the perfect size for home use: long enough to carve a roast prime rib yet not so long as to be a menace in a tight dining room. Perfect for the person who likes to roast, smoke or braise large pieces of meat or for someone who craves to cut their own steaks from a whole striploin.


Sugimori 120mm Petty $250

Sayaka-san is the first and only female blacksmith in Japan that I know of. Its great to see that the times are changing. She has been working with Tomoo-san for a few years now and is starting to use the spring hammer for hot forging. Most of the polishing, sharpening, and handle making is her responsibility lately. I’ve always been a fan of this paring knife for it's versatility. It's the perfect size to use both in your hand and on a cutting board.


Tsukasa Hinoura Vs2 Colour Damascus Nakiri $1,255

Seriously. Look at this blade. Hinoura-san is a true artist. By layering copper and brass into his cladding steel, he has created this crazy three-tone damascus pattern. Hinoura-san is the only blacksmith to win the award for top knife two years in a row at the Seki Custom Knife Show. Both times were for his incredibly distinct-looking damascus steel.


Takayuki Sakai Homura Kogetsu Sujihiki $699

Keijiro Doi-san is that blacksmith that all blacksmiths admire. His son Itsuo Doi-san is now carrying the torch but giving his own twist to the signature family style. This line of knives is made with a unique blade shape, and you can feel its potential as soon as you hold one. With the blade's extra height, I can see this slicer being used as a chef knife as well. It might be the one knife a minimalist needs. It feels like the future, and is Perfect for those who see potential in new design and ideas.

Kevin Kent
Kevin Kent

Kevin Kent’s fascination with Japanese knives began while he was working as sous-chef for the legendary chef Fergus Henderson at St. John restaurant in London, England. In 2007, he began selling handcrafted Japanese knives out of a backpack on the back of his bicycle, while working as a chef at River Café in Calgary, Canada. Kent is just as obsessed with Japanese knives as when he first held one, and a few times a year, he travels to Japan to meet with his blacksmith friends, to drink far too much sake, and to learn more about the ancient art of knife-making. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he refuses to confess how many Japanese knives he owns….but he admits the number is rather high. Follow Kevin on Twitter @knifenerd