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On Christmas Eve 2016 our original Kickstarter was successfully funded by 95 backers. - Thanks again for all your support! 

We are now back with an expanded and improved Nagasaki collection! - We received a lot of positive feedback, but also some criticism and we listened! 

We hope you like the improvements and hope again for your support to     bring our expanded collection of Nagasaki knives to the market!

Nagasaki chef knife
Nagasaki chef knife

 

Nagasaki chef knife with colourfull rings
Nagasaki chef knife with colourfull rings

  

 

Christmas Chef knife with leather sleeve
Christmas Chef knife with leather sleeve

As a special early bird offer all early birds of the Single and Twin perks will ship so that they will be delivered to you by December 23rd at the latest!

In addition we'll include hand-made leather blade sleeves for the knives included in those perks. You'll find more details on the knives and perks below!

  

 

    

 

More details below!
More details below!

 

Nagasaki Knives
Nagasaki Knives

 

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The first new addition to the Nagasaki family is the traditional western chef's knife. This piece of traditional western knife making is perfectly balanced and is a perfect cooking knife.

Nagasaki Chef's Knife blade angle
Nagasaki Chef's Knife blade angle

The knife is ideal for cutting meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and what ever you can think of. Our new knife series feels really good in the hand and we have placed a great deal of research to their form & structure which makes this series a winner.

  

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Chef's knife
  • The blade is 8 inch / 20 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • VG10 stainless steel core with 67 layers of damascus
  • With a rockwell Hardness of 59-60 HRC
  • Cryogenic nitrogen treated blade for extreme sharpness
  • New smaller logo etching
  • Laser tested blade angle with Razor sharp properties
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.45 lbs / 205 g
  • Micarta handle in black, brown or black with three ring inlays (1st stretch goal)

 

  

 Nakiri knives are Japanese vegetable knives. They are ideal for cutting vegetables and fruits. 

  

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Nakiri
  • The blade is 7 inch / 18 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • VG10 stainless steel core with 67 layers of damascus
  • With a rockwell Hardness of 59-60 HRC
  • Cryogenic nitrogen treated blade for extreme sharpness
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.50 lbs / 225 g
  • Micarta handle in black or brown

 

  

This knife features the same design as our Nakiri knife, but adds another unique feature: a hollow edge. The unique characteristic of a hollow edge are several small cavities that get hammered into the blade in close proximity to each other. Like with the hammered surface on our Santoku knife the purpose of these cavities is to prevent the adherence of particularly thin, greasy or otherwise sticky clippings. 

This property is due to the reduction of the blade surface which comes into contact with the cut material. In the case of pure cheese knives, there are even holes in the blade instead of the cavities, which achieve the same effect. However, since soft or very thin material can be entangled in the holes, holes are not universally applicable. Cavities, on the other hand, are a good compromise between reducing the surface of the blade and stabilizing the cut material.  

  

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: Nakiri
  • The blade is 7 inch / 18 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • VG10 stainless steel core with 67 layers of damascus
  • Hardness of 59-60 HRC
  • Cryogenic nitrogen treated blade for extreme sharpness
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.49 lbs / 223 g
  • Micarta handle in black or brown

 

  

Sample of paring knife, the label on the blade is not correct
Sample of paring knife, the label on the blade is not correct

A last minute addition to our family is a paring knife, which is a small knife with a plain edge blade that is ideal for peeling and other small or intricate work (such as de-veining a shrimp, removing the seeds from a jalapeño, 'skinning' or cutting small garnishes). It is designed to be an all-purpose knife, similar to a chef's knife, except smaller. 

Technical details: 

  • Blade characteristic: like Chef's knife
  • The blade is 3.5 inch / 9 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • VG10 stainless steel core with 67 layers of damascus
  • Hardness of 59-60 HRC
  • Cryogenic nitrogen treated blade for extreme sharpness
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.13 lbs / 58 g
  • Micarta handle in black or brown

  

 

Nagasaki Hammered Knife with Improved Features
Nagasaki Hammered Knife with Improved Features

This was our original Nagasaki Solingen hand-hammered Santoku knife! It still features its classic design, but we updated our branding, so it is not as dominant as it was on the original.

The new versions blade is thinner at its spine, features a reduced weight as well es improved hardness of 59-60 HRC.

The Santoku knife is the Japanese equivalent to the western chef's knife. It is used in a similar way, but provides less room for a rocking motion which is typically for western knives.

The hammered finish on our Santoku helps to release sticky clipping from the blade without having to peal them off or prevents clippings from sticking to the blade at all.

 

Technical details:

  • Blade characteristic: Santoku
  • The blade is 7 inch / 18 cm long
  • At its base the blade is 0.8 inch / ~2 mm
  • VG10 stainless steel core with 67 layers of damascus
  • Cryogenic nitrogen treated blade for extreme sharpness
  • Hardness of 59-60 HRC
  • Sharpened using Solinger Dünnschliff
  • The knife weighs ~0.49 lbs / 220 g
  • Micarta handle in black or brown

  

As with our first campaign we want to enable everyone to experience high quality kitchen knives. By expanding the collection of Nagasaki knives we provide you with affordable kitchen tools that will aid you for a long time. 

Our whole team is excited to add up our new special designed gadgets to your kitchen and hope you will feel our efforts in your hands!

  

 

What do you get in return for your support? - Some really nice knives! 

Single

You'll get one full size Nagasaki knife of your choice! 

Twin

You'll get one full size Nagasaki knife of your choice plus one Paring knife! 

Trio

You'll get two full size Nagasaki knives of your choice plus one Paring knife! 

Nagoya

You'll get two full size Nagasaki Nakiri knives of your choice plus one Chef knife! 

Family

 All five Nagasaki knives in a family pack! You'll get: 

  • 1x Santoku
  • 1x Chef's knife
  • 1x Nakiri
  • 1x Nakiri with hollow edge
  • 1x Paring knife

For more details on the individual perks and early bird options see the perks section!

  

Since we hope to exceed our initial goal we have prepared some nice stretch goals for you: 

1st stretch goal: 16.000 Euro

Our first stretch goal is the addition of a third handle option for our new chef's knives. This handle features brown/ black finish with three colored rings near the blade

2nd stretch goal: 32.000 Euro

Sample image (the knives are not ours!)
Sample image (the knives are not ours!)

All backers who chose the "Family" perk receive a free knife pouch! 

3rd stretch goal: 64.000 Euro

All pledges with perks that include knives receive a free cleaning cloth!

cleaning cloth
cleaning cloth

 

4th stretch goal: 128.000 Euro

Sample image (these knives are not ours!)
Sample image (these knives are not ours!)

Once we have crossed the 100.000 Euro barrier we will add a new perk that includes a aluminium carrying case for your Nagasaki knives! 

 

 

Shipping schedule:

  • The Christmas Specials will be shipping in early December so that they will arrive on time for Christmas Eve.
  • All other perks will start shipping in January. Depending on how many pledges we'll get the shipping process may carry over to February.

Please note that these information are preliminary and are subject to change. We'll keep you updated via the campaign updates on how we progress with shipments once the campaign has concluded.

 

                   

Risks and challenges

Biggest challenge that i see are the delays with a minute 10% chance as !!!!!

- This is a mature project, the crucial risks are already a past tense.
- Specifically a tested series with alot of new features.
- The unexpected delays due to any specific product quality.
- The prototypes have been tested and used.
- The R & D is done.
- The prototypes have been produced.

A creditable renowned German manufacturer is in harness and ready to begin. All of the knives video & photos you see in this Kickstarter were produced by our German partner. However,unseen natural causes or factors which can delay may happen but in such case the delay would be only of couple of weeks rather than months as the Prototypes have be produced and tested. We know how important transparency is and we commit to always keeping you in the loop about the status of our campaign.

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