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Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Decent $7 Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife - Photo-verview on 09/15/2012 17:34:52 MDT Print View

While these knives are nowhere equal, I included my Mora 2/0 to compare to this KAI $7 knife I found at my local Mituswa (Japanese Grocery Store). I thought it makes a great food prep knife for the camp foodies among us.

Here she is in all her 1.1oz glory. Off the bat, she is sharper than my Mora! I use the "shave your arm hair" test:
KAI Knife - Made in Japan

Here is the 1.8oz Mora 2/0 that we will use as some base for comparison:
Mora 2/0 - Made in Sweden

The two compared side by side:
Mora 2/0 and KAI Knife Compared

The handle says "Stainless", the Magnet says "Maybe Laminated Steel":
Not Stainless Steel

According to my trusty magnet, it appears to have a tang about 1/3 the length of the handle:
Tang Length

Teardrop/D-shaped handle, so sorry lefties. For righties, this tucks nicely into the bend of your index finger:
D-Handle

In it's sheath. Just slips in, does not lock in any way. Just a slight amount of friction hold:
KAI in Sheath

Blade length is just shy of 3 7/8":
Blade Length of KAI

Total knife length is just a hair over 7 5/8":
Total KAI knife length

Blade thickness comparison:
Blade thickness comparison

I think this is a great $7 little knife if you're going to be doing some gourmet backpacking. It's handle design and blade shape lends itself more to chopping and other food preparation than the Mora 2/0, and the blade length should be more than adequate for cheese blocks, vegetables, fruits, dried sausage, etc. Who knows how much of a beating it could take for other purposes too. Maybe if someone is California lives near a Mitsuwa and has $7 to burn, they could put it through some abuse and see how it handles it.

If anyone wants to know any additional information about this knife, just let me know.

HTH Someone!

KJ

Edited by f8less on 09/15/2012 17:41:41 MDT.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife on 09/15/2012 18:57:22 MDT Print View

Ha! I know we have one of these buried in storage someplace. My wife bought one at least 10yrs ago for picnics. Even has a matching small wood cutting board. Maybe not branded by KAI, but still sold at our local equivalent $1 stores too.

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife on 09/15/2012 19:22:38 MDT Print View

Funny you say that. I first saw this at the 1 Yen Store in Harajuku back in 2007 and realized later that it might make a decent lightweight gourmet backpacking food prep knife...and sure enough they had them here @ Mitsuwa in IL. Considering the awesome value of the dollar right now, I think 1 Yen probably roughly translates to $7...heh. *sigh*

There were multiple versions of this knife there. Different makers and definitely different build quality. In the packaging, this one was clearly a nicer grind and was made with a better quality wood.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Decent $7 Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife - Photo-verview on 09/15/2012 19:23:12 MDT Print View

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/xdpy/forum_thread/67201

Another that Dale brought up recently.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: Decent $7 Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife - Photo-verview on 09/15/2012 19:36:21 MDT Print View

FYI, it very well could be stainless steel, since a small subset of stainless cutlery uses alloys without the addition of a sufficient ammount of nickel to render it non-magnetic. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm off :)

-David

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
KAI on 09/15/2012 19:43:17 MDT Print View

KAI is the parent company of Kershaw.
That knife is from their line of kitchen knives.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife on 09/15/2012 20:08:16 MDT Print View

"Considering the awesome value of the dollar right now, I think 1 Yen probably roughly translates to $7...heh. "

Ken, 1 Yen is equal to about 1.3 cents.

Perhaps you visited a 100 Yen store. Since that is about $1.30, that is a practical price for lots of small gadgets. Such stores are found around California except that due to inflation, they were talking about 100 Yen, then 150 Yen. Since it is in dollars, they settled on $1.50 per item. That works. There are lots of gadgets that a backpacker needs for $1.50 per item.

--B.G.--

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
another UL food prep knife on 09/15/2012 20:27:45 MDT Print View

We have strict knife carry laws here in Japan so I bought this 14g Swiss Advance safety knife last year,

http://www.crystalfallstradingcompany.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2045

Scary scalpel-like sharpness makes quick work of garlic cloves, ginger root, cheese, sausage and thin baguettes. Rounded point makes it easy to scrape the bottom of peanut butter and Nutella jars too. Holds its edge but can be touched up with a few swipes across a rock when needed.

Edited by rmjapan on 09/15/2012 20:29:26 MDT.

Erik Basil
(EBasil) - M

Locale: Atzlan
Re: Decent $7 Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife - Photo-verview on 09/15/2012 23:20:55 MDT Print View

Those are great knives. We've had one of these in our kitchen drawer for more than 20 years and it both holds and edge and sharpens keenly. Brilliant to think of it for backpacking use! Not so good for the hip, but one heckuva nice blade for cooking and everything else (other than whittling, perhaps).

Will Webster
(WillWeb) - M
Re: Re: Decent $7 Fixed Blade Gourmet Backpacking Food Prep Knife - Photo-verview on 09/16/2012 06:20:08 MDT Print View

"FYI, it very well could be stainless steel, since a small subset of stainless cutlery uses alloys without the addition of a sufficient ammount of nickel to render it non-magnetic. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm off :)"

Knives are made from martensitic stainless steel, because this is the only class of SS which can be heat treated to make it hard enough to hold an edge. Martensitic stainless steels are magnetic. All of my kitchen knives (ranging from discount store bin grabs to yuppy-approved status brands) can hang securely from the magnetic knife bar I installed next to the stove.

zorobabel frankenstein
(zorobabel) - F

Locale: SoCal
knife on 09/28/2012 20:56:07 MDT Print View

I just saw this knife at a local asian supermaket (99c Ranch Market) for $2.29. I don't think it was KAI branded. I didn't buy it either.

Robert Kelly
(QiWiz) - MLife

Locale: UL gear @ QiWiz.net
Another option on 09/29/2012 07:23:00 MDT Print View

Is the fairly famous Opinel folding knife made in France. Can get for about 10 bucks shipped. If I have food prep to do on trail like slicing meats, cheese, vegs, etc this is my favorite. Not sure on weight but its not heavy.