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I purchased the “Kazoku” 3 piece set in December and noticed the feedback form within the box. Now I have used them daily for a few months, I thought that you might be interested to hear some opinions.

Firstly, I have enjoyed using all three and use one or all of them daily. I am a keen amateur cook, and previously had a couple of old Wusthof knives as my go-to blades. It has been interesting to compare them; I now barely use the old knives at all.

First impressions:

I’m not sure if this is relevant but I thought the design of the box and the information was good. I picked it up and bought the knives on a whim so it was obviously effective! It was also useful to have the lists of available knives for all three sets within – I have kept them.

All three styles are aesthetically pleasing with form reflecting function. The flowing lines and hammered blade of the SAI really stood out, however, and it is still my favourite.

I also like the fact that each knife is a single piece of metal – not only does it look good but I think gives a strong impression of cleanliness and good hygiene – no little crevices on the handles for grime to accumulate.

They also stand out in the shop and in the knife block.

Weight and balance:

The Classic was my favourite out of the box. It is a very useful knife and I liked the lightness of it. As time has gone on, however, I have come to prefer the SAI. I find the balance a little better and find the weight of it satisfying and useful. It is excellent for chopping over-ripe tomatoes, for instance.

Initially for general tasks I would reach for the Classic, but now the SAI is my knife of choice. The NI is good for a small blade but hard to compare directly with the other two. In general, I feel like in balance terms it has much more in common with the Classic than the SAI.

Handle:

The SAI is by far my favourite – comfortable and ergonomic. The difference with my old knives is stark. I particularly like the little indentation for the thumb on the left side of the blade near the handle. It fits perfectly in my hand – but I do have medium-sized hands and I am right-handed. I suspect that the handle would be significantly less comfortable for left-handed people or those with small or large hands.

The NI is my second favourite – it feels like a half-way point between the two other styles. I like that the handle narrows and broadens towards the back, this allows it to sit in the hand well. The fact it is symmetrical, I think, would avoid the previously mentioned issues.

The handle on the Classic knife is the least ergonomic, but still nice to use and superior to my old knives. I think it also has the advantage of iconic design – if one thinks of a Global knife, one thinks of a steel handle with a black-spotted design and it is instantly identifiable in the knife block as a Global knife because of this. I have yet to sharpen them, although will need to soon.

Sharpness of blade:

I thought that the classic was the sharpest out of the box, then the NI and lastly the SAI.

The SAI seems to have held its edge a little better than the Classic so after a few months of use, I would say that one has come out on top.

The NI has also held its edge, but I suspect that is because I use it the least (owing to its size).

Usefulness:

This is a great little set as the three knives are all good at different things. The size of the Classic makes it the best all-rounder I think, it is ideal for chopping herbs, onions etc and as such gets used daily.

The SAI has been a revelation – the medium size makes it useful for a variety of jobs and the added heft of the knife has meant that it has been particularly useful for butchering birds (strangely specific, I know, but it has been great!).

The NI is the least useful of the three but I think that, although there are fewer jobs in the kitchen that call for a smaller knife, when it is required it is far better than trying to manage with a larger knife. So the NI is the least useful, but also essential in its own way.

“My overall favourite is most definitely the SAI, it really stands out.”


I greatly appreciate the opportunity to comment on the Global knives, it’s allowed me to spend a significant part of my recent downtime noodling on my responses to your questionnaire. I bought the set of three knives fro Dawson’s ecookshop in March, to accompany me on a work assignment to Nigeria on single status, separated for the time being from my family and from familiar kitchen equipment including two Global knives that have given great service and satisfaction over many years. So I persuaded myself they were a necessary indulgence, and in any case they are unquestionably the finest pieces of cutlery within several hundred miles of where I am.

Classic:

The biggest surprise is the Classic, the knife I am most familiar with and therefore perhaps the one I expected the  least surprises from.

All of the knives are extremely sharp but I am especially impressed with the sharpness of the Classic, which I put down to the scalloping on the blade, a feature new to me. Combined with the thinness of the blade, which is one of the reasons I came to Global knives in the first place, this means that it’s the speediest chopper and incredibly precise despite its larger size.

The handle is less comfortable than the NI and can raise a callous with extended use.

Makes lightning work of peeling and cutting harder fruits: paw paw, pineapple….

NI:

The easy-going compromise for me is the NI. The tip design and slightly more curved blade make this a very versatile and appealing utility knife.

It has a thinner blade like the Classic and while the handle design does not have the same appeal of the SAI, it sits a little better in the hand than the Classic.

[This knife is best for] Trimming connective tissue from meat, separating offal, de-veining prawns….

SAI:

The most aesthetically appealing of the three is the SAI: it is truly beautifully designed, I love the appearance of the hammered finish on the blade and the handle feels like it belongs in my hand. It is definitely the most comfortable handle design, and has the most satisfactory balance.

However, a slight reservation for me is the thicker blade but I will press it in to service for heavier tasks: sweet potatoes, yams.

If you are bored, you can just pick it up and look at it….

Summary:

ClassicSAINI
Handle design312
Sharpness of blade132
Weight and balance213
Usefulness231

1 = Best    2 = Second Best    3 = Worst

So in conclusion, I am really truly delighted to have all three knives with me and buying the set of three was definitely the right thing.

“If I was only to have one, it would be the NI.”

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