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About this project
"Necessity is the mother of invention" - Some ancient proverb
The Mizu Chef's Knife is our answer to a better, more affordable knife. Our cooking skills didn't warrant us to buy $150 knives, but we also knew that our $50 knives weren't cutting it. There are only so many squashed tomatoes and sawed pieces of meat that one can prepare before cooking starts becoming a chore. We leveraged our restaurant industry and manufacturing experience to bring you the ultimate chef's knife at a reasonable price.
Cooking Brings Great Joy
Do you agree that cooking is one of the most underrated pleasures in life? Nothing can compare to the joy of permeating your living room with the pleasant aromas of a batch of precisely integrated ingredients. Cooking is as much a science as it is an art. But when was the last time you splurged and got yourself a nice knife, the quintessential tool of any cook? Well you don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a great chef's knife anymore, you just need the Mizu Chef's Knife.
Make Every Cut, A Cut Above
The Mizu Chef's Knife was crafted and tested by professionals so that you would have the ultimate cooking experience. Every tomato you slice, every breast you fillet, every herb that you rock will all happen effortlessly. You will feel the difference that comes from the high carbon, VG10 cutting edge. Boasting a HRC (Hardness Rating) of 60-62, this ultra sharp edge will surgically disassemble anything you toss at it, for a long, long time. Gordon Ramsay won't be complaining about your imperfectly cut french fries no more!
Did You Know?
That a sharp knife is regarded as safer than a dull knife? As contradicting as that may sound, the reasoning is quite simple: sharp knives are easier to control and perform as expected, while dull knives tend to require more force and are more difficult to operate. Simply put, sharp knives do the work for you, while dull knives make you work harder. If you've ever experienced your knife slipping or sliding off a bell pepper or onion skin then you experienced dull knife syndrome. Save time, energy and injuries by using a sharp knife!
Cutting Edge Specifications
The only way you can get a better knife is if you went out and bought a $150 knife. Really, you won't find a better knife better than ours at this price!
Dual Stainless Steel Rivets - Solid design to hold the partial tang blade in place
Slanted Bolster - Allows for a more natural pinch grip
Curved Heel - Prevents unnecessary finger nicks
VG10 Damascus Blade - Premium Japanese steel, beautiful and easier to sharpen
HRC 60-62 - Superior edge retention
15° Dual Bevel - Accommodates left and right handed users, while providing a razor sharp cutting edge
Can you believe it?
Knives sold at retailers can be marked up by more than 200%! By employing a direct to consumer business model, we are able to drastically slash the price of our Mizu Chef's knife. Which saves you money to use for more groceries!
Mizu Chef's Knife is a Game Changer
Don't overpay for knives of inferior steel or outrageous markups. Get the Mizu Chef's knife and make your meals a cut above!
The Mizu Whetstone features a professional grade, double-sided 1000/6000 grit sharpening surface that will keep your cutting edge forever sharp! We also included a bamboo holder with a slip proof base to make the sharpening process less cumbersome. Immerse yourself in zen and bring out that karate kid in you! Wax on and wax off those dull edges!
Remove the learning curve on proper use of a whetstone with the Angle Guider. This device can clip onto your knife and allow you to sharpen your blade on the whetstone and a consistent angle. Get a perfectly sharpened edge every time!
Risks and challenges
Our team has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and with manufacturing. While we are confident that the production process will commence without any issues, nothing is ever guaranteed. Below are some of the problems that may arise.
Delay in Raw Material procurement - The material we are using is manufactured by a single factory in Japan. Although rare, there are instances where the demand for the material outpaces their supply and this could create an unforeseen delay. Fortunately for us, we've already contacted other manufacturactories that use VG10 and have the ability to purchase the raw material at a slightly higher price point if needed.
Delay in Manufacturing - The factory we are using has told us that they will provide us manufacturing capacity once we place the order. In reality, that's based on their pipeline today and we are not able to estimate any future pipeline additions from their other clients. The worst case would be an additional 1-2 month delay in our estimate delivery date. We will have a definitive answer on the production timeline once we successfully place our purchase order with the factory.
Delay in Testing - We are making it an emphasis to ensure our products are properly tested before shipping out. In the case that a quality issue does arise, we may need to redo certain batches.
Rest assured that we will have a team member monitoring the progress of the production during every stage. Regardless of what happens, we will guarantee that everyone will receive their knives!
In creating and testing the Mizu Chef's Knife with numerous restaurants, they told us point blank that they love the Mizu Chef's Knife and want them for all their chefs ASAP!
So in keeping with the spirit of bringing people what they want, we are proud to offer a 4 pack of knives for restaurants that need quality knives and for people who want to gift the Mizu Chef's Knife to their loved ones.