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Seki City in Gifu, Japan, is famous for its knives. It has a long history of making all kinds of blades, from samurai swords to kitchen cutlery. The art of crafting blades hasn't changed much since the Edo period, but our world has. As such, the people at Fine Craft have combined the Japanese tradition of blade-making with modern design aesthetics to create a line a cutlery that fits comfortably in modern home life.
Say hello to NiNJA.
For this introduction, I was provided with a boxed set of three NiNJA knives. The box is sturdy and simple. It only has the NiNJA logo on the top. Inside, the three knives lay nice and snug in a foam mold. The designers at Fine Craft have put a lot of thought into the packaging for these knives, making them a great gift.
Modern Design for a Modern Kitchen
The knives are indeed quite cool. The blades have a black titanium coating their handles are glossy and matte black plastic. The sleek and modern red and white NiNJA logo provides a nice contrast to the titanium coating. When I hold the knives in my hand, I begin to feel the urge to run with both hands behind me and jump from branch to branch through some ancient Japanese forest.
The Paper Test
But the question is: can these knives cut? Seki City has a reputation for making sharp, high-quality knives. If these NiNJAs can't cut, that would be really embarrassing.
So let's put them to The Test. First up, I tried cutting some paper. The largest blade, the Santoku, cut through the paper effortlessly. So far so good.
The Pepper Test
For the next test, I cut a green pepper with the small Petty knife. Green pepper skins can be a little challenging for lower quality knives, but the Petty NiNJA knife made short work of the pepper.
The Tomato Test
For the final test, I decided to try something a bit more challenging: slicing a tomato. Tomatoes are a classic item for testing the sharpness of knives. Tomato skin is surprisingly resistant to slicing, and unlike other foods like onions or meat, if you try to use power to chop through a tomato, you'll simply crush its delicate flesh.
This time I used the Gyuto. The Gyuto knife's shape is more typical of kitchen knives in the West, but it also fits well in Japanese homes. I took a fresh tomato, placed it on the cutting board, and placed blade to skin. The result? Perfect tomato slices for the perfect BLT sandwich.
After concluding my tests, I feel confident that the NiNJA knives from Fine Craft are not only cool, but they can cut, too. Whether you are looking for a set of knives that look great with your other kitchen utensils and appliances, or whether you need a cool gift for a friend or loved-one, you can't go wrong with these NiNJAs.