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Follow the Kanso Principle: Precise, Effective Simplicity in Your BBQ Knives

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There is beauty in the simplicity of smoking a brisket with only a “dalmatian” rub (salt and pepper). Eliminating the more overpowering flavors of complex rubs leaves you with the perfection of the beef, the truly important flavor profile.

We urge you to carry that through the planning and execution of your cook—following the Kanso principle. The Kanso design principle is based on Zen philosophy, meaning “simplicity,” but simplicity that is achieved by eliminating the non-essential.

Shun Cutlery Kanso Honesuki

The company that inspires us today is Shun Cutlery, whose Kanso knives are gorgeous, precise, effective, and have eliminated the unnecessary. As you’ve heard us say before, knives are an essential component of your grilling arsenal, especially when trying to thinly slice or precisely cut the 17-pound brisket you’ve just spent all day smoking. And you can’t go wrong choosing Shun Cutlery for your arsenal.

Shun Cutlery Kanso BBQ Set

We recommend starting with the Kanso BBQ Set. Following the principles of Kanso design, this kit features three key knives you’ll need to handle your grilled foods: the Shun Kanso Asian Multi-Prep Knife, the Shun Kanso Boning/Fillet Knife, and the Shun Kanso Brisket Knife. All of your BBQ needs will be covered–from the Multi-Prep,which is perfect for boning poultry and medium to small-sized tasks (like slicing shallots or other ingredients) to the Brisket Knife, which is ideal for trimming and slicing all larger cuts of meat including ham, roasts, and turkey. The entire set comes with a knife roll that will have you feeling like a professional BBQ pitmaster.

And when you’re prepping your side dishes, sauces and other items in the kitchen, Shun Cutlery’s Kanso Chef’s Knife is indispensable. With 8 inches of high-performance steel, a razor-sharp edge, perfect balance, and precision cutting control, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to cook without it.

Shun Cutlery Kanso Chef's Knife

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