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About Kotai

Independent knifemaker, dedicated to handcrafting high-end knives for professionals and passionate cooks.

About Kotai

KOTAI is an independent knifemaker, dedicated to handcrafting high-end knives for professionals and passionate chefs.

We enable chefs to bring their ideas into reality and express their creativity by offering them inspiring and reliable tools.

Our mission

KOTAI’s mission is to abolish planned obsolescence in the kitchen and empower chefs by offering them the finest tools available, guaranteed for life.

How? By combining the best features from both Japanese and Western knives to create the ultimate chef knife that will last a lifetime (or two).

Our manufacturing

KOTAI knives are all handmade with high-end Japanese steel from Aichi. Some of our models are finished directly in Seki, Japan’s world-famous knife capital. Others are assembled by expert knifemakers in our state-of-the-art facility located in YangJiang, China’s knife-making capital for over 1500 years.
We are blessed to be able to rely on a team of knife experts whose families have been in the craft for many generations.

Our knives are forged using advanced technological processes such as vacuum heat treatment and cryogenic cooling to optimize the mechanical properties of the steel.

Safety is also at the core of KOTAI’s ethics, so all our knives have successfully passed international standards including LFGB (Food Grade) and REACH for Europe and FDA for the USA.

Every single KOTAI knife has been through a rigorous quality control process and will not leave our factory before having been manually checked by 3 different inspectors.

That is why we stand behind our products 100% and offer a lifetime warranty in case your KOTAI knife does not live up to your expectations.