With a beautiful minimalist design, black-finished carbon White Steel construction, and world-class performance, we’ve been singing the praises of Hinoki’s S1 Gyuto blade since its debut some three years ago. And though the Gyuto may be one of the most competent Japanese chefs knives available today, with a price point in the ballpark of $400, it’s less-than-accessible to the average joe. Hinoki’ is changing this, however, with the release of a trio of new, more affordable kitchen cutlery known as the Essentials Knives.
Touted as “the only three-blade profiles you will ever need,” the set consists of an all-purpose paring knife, a serrated bread knife, and a Santoku-profiled chef’s knife, priced at $99, $111, and $116, respectively. All three kitchen knives are made in Seki, Japan and are composed of three layers of VG-10 steel derived from an amalgamation of chromium and carbon. Each of the three Essential knives is offered with brushed chrome or obsidian black-finished blades, aa well as deep ebony or tactile walnut handles — plus, there’s an option to etch the customer’s initials onto the blades. Linked below, the Kickstarter campaign for the Hinoki Essentials Knives starts today, where customers are being offered a 35% discounted early bird special.