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This week we dive into a new knife company called Cangshan Knives. We hope you enjoy this Cangshan knives review.

Overview Of Cangshan Knives

Canghsan (Kang-Shan) Knives was founded by Henry Liu In China and was named after the city where he was born. Liu started the kitchenware company in China and eventually moved to the United States. After trying to find a manufacturer for his high quality knives he finally found a factory in Yangjiang China, that would make the knives he envisioned. This was the start of the Cangshan Cutlery Company.

Their knives are used by some of the highest discerning chefs in the industry (such as Thomas Keller) and they aim to make great knives and have been awarded two Red DOt Design Awards. One line was the winner of the Gourmet Retailer Editors Pick.

They strive to make their products both beautiful and functional, and as you will see below they have succeeded.

They launched in 2015 with 4 unique handle designs and have largely favorable review on Amazon.

Currently, they have 27 design patterns and have won 28 awards Including Red Dot awards and German awards.

In 2018 Cangshan and Chef Thomas Keller came together to develop a new knife series. If you have ever taken a Masterclass (if not see this Masterclass Review), you know that this is a very celebrated chef and line of knives.

 

Cangshan Knives Warranty

Cangshan Knives come with what they call a “Hassle Free, Limited Lifetime Warranty”. They strive to have happy customers and their goal is to quickly resolve any issues you might have.

They have multiple ways to access them including email, phone (toll free: 855-597-5656 ). However you need to make sure you are buying from an authorized Cangshan Cutlery retailer.

They are well made knives and they offer to replace or repair your knife as long as the issue is from manufacturing or shipping.

 

Are Cangshan Knives Good?

There are a variety of model lines and price ranges. Depending on your usage and your purpose there is likely a Cangshan knife or knife set for you. Their quality ranges and so do their reviews online.

To cover each of their knives is out of the scope of this article. They are a good quality knife but make sure to read the reviews before buying.

 

What are Cangshan Knives Made Of?

Cangshan knives are a Chinese made knife that use German or Sweedish steel depending on the brand.

What I like about this brand is that they are proudly Chinese made. Many other companies are trying to shy away from their products being made in China but this company owns the claim and their reputation is better for it.

Looking for a more established knife maker? Read this Wusthof Knives Review

Is Cangshan Japanese?

No. Cangshan is Chinese not Japanese. Cangshan is the name of a mountain in southern China and the name of the small City in which the founder was born.

 

Cangshan Knife Series

There are 23 series of knives and knife sets. Cangshan is establishing themselves as a company that does things right.

 

Top 5 Cangshan Knives Sets

With this many knife sets it doesn’t make sense to evaluate and review ever. Here are some of the more popular knife sets.

 

Cangshan TS Series Review: 17 Piece Knife Set with Block

Knives Included In Cangshan TS Series

The TS Series Includes the following knives:

  • 8″ chef’s
  • 8″ bread
  • 7″ santoku
  • 6″ boning
  • 5″ serrated utility
  • 5″ tomato
  • 3.5″ paring
  • 2.75″ peeling
  • 6×5″ steak
  • 8″ honing steel
  • 9″ shears
  • Walnut block

 

Block Material: Walnut

Blade Material: Full tang forged from high alloy Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel with exceptional sharpness, holds an edge up to 5 times longer than German Steel X50Cr15MoV

Color: Black

Pros:

  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Certified
  • Blades are corrosion and rust resistant
  • The Walnut block for storage allows for easy storage
  • The blade combination is enough for most households
  • The handles feel natural in your hands and are nicely balanced.
  • The knives receive a high Totaal Card Cut (TC) measurement meaning they should keep their sharpness for quite a while.

 

Cons:

  • The knife set may be more knives than you need.

 

Overall Review of Cangshan TS Series

This beautiful knife set is a good fit for most households, it has all of the basic knives you need for a kitchen (chef, bread, boning, shears and santoku) plus it comes with a beautiful set of 6 steak knives. The patented design makes it a nice looking knife set that any homeowner would be proud to put on display. The blades are built with premium materials which means they are good for the long term. Add on that the ergonomc handles feel good in your hands and you have a great knife set for homeowners.

This set also has a 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Click here to buy the TS Series 

 

Cangshan N1 Series Review:

Knives Included the N1 Set:

  • 8″ chef’s
  • 8″ bread
  • 7″ santoku
  • 6″ boning
  • 5″ serrated utility
  •  5″ tomato
  • 3.5″ paring
  • 2.75″ peeling
  • 6×5″ steak
  • 8″ honing steel
  • 9″ shears
  • Walnut block

 

Knife Material: All metal forged from X50Cr15MoV German Steel

Block Material: Walnut

Handle:German Steel

Pros:

  • RedDot 2016 Award for focus on a unique all metal structure and ergonomic handles.
  • A HRC 58 +/- 2 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale
  • Blades are corrosion and rust resistant
  • The steak knives and other blade combination is enough for most households
  • The handles feel natural in your hands and are nicely balanced.
  • The knives receive a high Totaal Card Cut (TC) measurement meaning they should keep their sharpness for quite a while.

 

Cons:

  • The handles may not be to your liking if you are looking for a more conventional knife set.
  • The steak knives are serrated, this may not be a con to you but can be depending on how you like your steak knives.
  • They need to be dried immediately. Some reviews showed rusting pretty quickly, which can happen if they are in a dishwasher or not dried immediately.
  • I could see cleaning being an issue with the design of the handle.

 

Overall Review of N1 Series Knife Set

Upon first glance my thought is “Wow”. This is a beautiful looking unique set of knives. The likes of which I can’t wait to add to my counter and watch people marvel at them the next time they are over.

They are just that beautiful!

Add in that the series contains all the knives that I would need and we have a solid winner. With a 4.5 star rating out of 5 on Amazon, this knife set is in the same range as the TS series but if you are wanting a more modern look this is definitely worth the extra few dollars between the two sets.

By far this is the knife set that people will see and ask you about. The unique walnut block adds to the design and overall aesthetic making it a winner for your kitchen. Add in that they are super sharp and keep their edge and you have a winning set.

Click here to see the N1 Series sets of knives

Click here to buy the N1 Series 

 

Cangshan V2 Series 6 Piece Review

Knives included:

  • 8-inch chef’s
  • 7-inch Santoku
  • 8-inch bread
  • 5-inch serrated utility
  • 5-slot solid acacia knife block

Block Material: Acacia

Knife Material:  X50Cr15MoV German Steel

Pros:

  • The knife set is a smaller one but still comes with enough to get the job done
  • A better price point with solid usability.
  • Same great craftsmanship and beauty
  • Great set of functional knives

 

Cons:

  • You can always upgrade to more knives in this set but it will cost you a little more.
  • No steak knives

 

Overall Review of Cangshan V2 6 Piece Series Knife Set

If you are looking at these knife sets and thinkg “I’m just a sexy person, I don’t need a 17 knife set” then do not fear. The V2 series is a smaller set of knives that will make sense for your lifestyle.

This is a nice price point and will likely do for most homeowners. With the exception of not coming with the set of matching steak knives. If you are wanting to get a high quality set of Cangshan knives but don’t want a lot of extra knives you may not use. This may be the right fit for you. With over 300 ratings and a 4.7 out of 5 stars, it looks like a lot of homeowners are loving this set.

Click here to buy the V2 6 Knife Series 

 

Cangshan V2 Series 59649 23 Piece Review

Knives Included:

  •  9″ Slicing
  • 8″ chef’s,8″ bread
  • 7″ santoku
  • 7″ Nakiri
  • 6″ boning
  • 6″ Fork
  • 5″ serrated utility
  • 5″ Straight Edge Utility
  • 5″ tomato
  • 3.5″ paring
  • 2.75″ peeling
  • 8×5″ steak,
  • 8″ honing steel
  • 9″ shear
  • Acacia block

Block Material: Acacia wood

Knife Material: X50Cr15MoV German Steel with exceptional sharpness

Color: Black

 

Pros:

  • This knife set comes with pretty much everything you would need as a home cook, or a professional one.
  • Set of 8 steak knives – perfect for hosting.
  • Beautiful solid wood Acacia wood block to store the knives.
  • 5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon
  • Great price compared to other Canghsan lines
  • NSF certified and lifetime warranty against defects

 

Cons:

  • This knife set has a lot of extra knives but if you are wanting a one stop shop this is the right set for you.
  • You will need to decide if you really need all of the knives included in this set.

 

Overall Review of Cangshan V2 Series

If you are looking to get a good set of knives with a lifetime warranty. This set is the one for you. It has a great rating on Amazon. The extra steak knives are a huge plus for gatherings and hosting. The price point is very appealing too compared to the other lines of knives. This one is a solid buy.

Click here to buy the V2 23 Knife Series 

 

Cangshan S1 Knife Series Review

The Cangshan S1 17 piece knife set is a stunning set of knives at a reasonable price for homeowners.

Knives Included:

  • 8″ chef’s
  • 8″ bread
  • 7″ santoku
  • 6″ boning
  • 5″ serrated utility
  •  5″ tomato
  • 3.5″ paring
  • 2.75″ peeling
  • 6×5″ steak
  • 8″ honing steel
  • 9″ shears
  • Walnut block

 

Knife Material: All metal forged from X50Cr15MoV German Steel

Block Material: Walnut

Color: White

Pros:

  • Finalist of the 2017 Housewares Design Awards
  • This beautiful knife set has everything a home chef would need to get any job done.
  • The beautiful handles and easy grip handles
  • Great purchase at a solid price

Cons:

  • Less steak knives than it’s V2 cousin.

Overall Review of the Cangshan S1 Knife Series

This knife set has one of the higher ratings of the Cangshan knife series with a 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. It’s a nice looking knife set and the 58 hardness of German steel makes it build for long lasting usage. The knives are hand sharpened and hand polished by expert bladesmiths making it a solid buy for anyone coming into the knife market looking for a solid set of knives. Overall the S1 Knife series is a great set of knives and you get a lot of knives for a great price.

Click here to buy the S1 17 Knife Series 

 

Best Cangshan Steak Knives

If you are looking for some higher quality steak knives, Cangshan provides the in many of their various series.

 

Here are some of our favorites.

Cangshan Thomas Keller Signature Collection 4-Piece Forged Straight Edge Steak Knife, Walnut Box

These would make an excellent house warming gift for any new homeowner.

 

Click here to buy the Thomas Keller Signature Steak Knives 

Cangshan V2 8 Piece Set of German Steel Steak knives

 

Click here to buy the V2 Steak Knives Series

 

Cangshan N1 Series 59496 German Steel Forged 8-Piece Steak Knife Set with Solid Acacia Wood Block, 5-Inch Blade


Click here to buy the N1 steak knives series

Cangshan S Series 1020359 German Steel Forged 4-Piece Steak Knife Set, 5-Inch Blade

This is a good set if you don’t want a wood block but still want a good set of steak knives 

Click here to buy the S Series steak knives

 

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So many more sets.

With all of the different series of steak knives that Cangshan offers there are a lot to choose from and many different price points and styles. To see them all in once place click below to check the out on Amazon.

Click here to see all of the different steak knife styles

 

What else does Cangshan make?

Cangshan Cutting Boards

Click here to see all of the different cutting boards

 

Magnetic Knive Bars

Click here to see all of the different magnetic knife bars

Woodblocks

Click here to see all of the different woodblocks.

 

Sheaths

Made from grained carbonized ashwood they are magnetized to balance storage and look.

Click here to see all of the different knife sheaths.

 

Shears

Click here to see all of the different shears

 

FAQ Cangshan Knives

 

Are Cangshan Knives Dishwasher Safe?

 

Some Cangshan knives are dishwasher safe. However with all high quality knives it’s better to hand wash them and dry them immediately to avoid rust spots.

 

Where Are Cangshan Knives Made?

Cangshan knives are made in Yangjiang, China.

 

How Are Cangshan Knives Made?

Premier materials, exceptional manufacturing and an attention to detail are the foundations of the phenomenal quality and value of Cangshan professional calibre knives.

High alloy german and sweedish steels are meticulously forged. Going through a precise ultra six heat treatment to ensure each knife is incredibly sharp and has extraordinary edge retention.

 

Cangshan Knife Review Summary

While Cangshan is a newcomer to the knife industry it is making some big waves. They have a focus on beauty and function. Their knives are primarily made with German knife steel with several Sweedish Sandvik knives being the exception.

They are a great mid-range knife company and would be a great step up for most homeowners and the higher ranges would be suitable for chefs who need a reputable blade that has a focus on craftsmanship and utility.  If you are looking to splurge into the next level of kitchen knives these are some great knives that look amazing. Personally I would look at the V2 Series as it looks like a good balance of price and functionality.

Click here to see the V2 Knife Series 

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