A Review of Taski Knives

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Taski Knives: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

Let me be clear: I’m no knife expert. However, as someone who enjoys BBQ and outdoor cooking, I’ve learned that having a good quality knife is essential for food preparation. Over the years, I’ve upgraded my everyday knives to a set of Wüsthof knives and received some lovely Blenheim Forge knives as gifts (which I love). Recently, Taski sent me their Chef’s Knife, Petty Knife, and Rolling Sharpener to test out.

Who are Taski Knives

Taski is a relatively new Tokyo-based brand, established in 2023 via a successful global crowdfunding campaign. Taski’s knives are crafted in Seki City, known for its rich 800-year history in blade production. Seki City is one of the three major blade-producing areas in the world, alongside Solingen, Germany, and Sheffield, England.

The name “Taski” draws inspiration from the traditional Japanese “Tasuki” (襷), a functional cord used to fasten kimono sleeves, facilitating unimpeded movement. This practical item evolved into a symbol of continuity and heritage in Japanese relay races, where tasuki cords replaced batons, embodying the valuable legacy passed from generation to generation.

Taski knives aspire to reflect the essence of their namesake, emphasizing premium quality, authenticity, sustainability, and contemporary usability. They focus on delivering a quality product that is regularly used, has longevity, and represents Japanese craftsmanship at its best.

First Impressions

The knives arrived in a protective tube, ensuring safe transit and providing a temporary home. Withdrawing the knives revealed a sleek, aesthetically pleasing design. The black octagonal handle with a contrasting burgundy band leads onto the beautifully patterned Damascus steel blade.

The steel is 33-layer Damascus Steel (Core steel: AUS-8). For those interested in delving deeper into the different grades of steel, I recommend an excellent article on the ThoughtCo website. The core steel in Taski knives is sourced from Toyota Group’s speciality steel manufacturer.

One noticeable feature was the weight. The 8.5″ Chef’s Knife and the 5.9″ Petty Knife felt light in hand, which I personally prefer. They weigh 145g and 106g respectively, compared to my Wüsthof 9″ Chef knife, which weighs 270g. Your preference for knife weight is a personal choice, but I found the lighter weight of Taski knives appealing.

My first impression was that the knives looked fantastic and felt comfortable to hold. Next, it was time to see how they performed!

Product Range

Taski currently offers a limited product range: the Chef’s Knife, Petty Knife, and Rolling Knife Sharpener. The knives come with a 10-year warranty covering any manufacturing defects. The Rolling Knife Sharpener is similar in design and price to the one offered by Horl.

On the Taski website, there are attractive deals, including a special price for purchasing both knives together, with the Rolling Knife Sharpener included for free with the first order. Personalization options are available, allowing you to add your name or brand to the knives, enhancing their appeal.

Using The Knives

The first ‘cut’ with these knives was using the Petty Knife to trim and slice chicken thighs. As expected, they were sharp and made easy work of the chicken, making me very conscious of keeping my fingers well out of the way of the blade.

The handle is an octagonal shape (similar to my Blenheim Forge knives), which provides a good grip. The handles are made of laminated reinforced wood.

Since then, I have used both knives to carve a roast chicken, slice steak, trim and slice pork tenderloin, and cut vegetables and salad. Each time, they have impressed me with their clean cuts and ease of use. Slicing spring onions, which usually require more force, was effortless with the Taski knife.

The caveat is I have only been using them for a couple of weeks. The blade edge would not yet start to dull but I am confident when they do the Rolling Knife Sharpener will help restore the sharpness.

I still haven’t used the Rolling Sharpener. It has the same design as the Horl, so I expect it will prove as effective.

Conclusion

It’s early days, but I like everything about these knives. They look fantastic, feel great to hold (a very personal preference), and excel in their primary purpose of cutting and slicing. While my Wüsthof knives remain my everyday kitchen set, the Taski knives will continue to be used regularly.

Taski is currently offering a ‘special set’ including both the Chef’s Knife and Petty Knife for $449 (around £360). This price includes a free Taski Rolling Sharpener, making these knives an attractive purchase.

Please note there may be some duty to pay as the knives are sent from Japan.

 

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