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Cangshan Knives Review: Are Cangshan Knives Good?

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Walking the aisles at Costco this week, I came across a new knife company called Cangshan. They look amazing, and I was pretty excited to check them out. The pricing was reasonable, so I decided to dig a little deeper. We hope you enjoy this Cangshan knives review. They are a newer knife company with some big names behind them, but are they worth it? Are they deserving of being on our best professional knife set list? Let’s dive in and find out!

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Top 5 Cangshan Knives Sets Reviews

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Cangshan TS Series Review: 17 Piece Knife Set with Block

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Knives Included In Cangshan TS Series

The TS Series Includes the following knives:

  • 8″ chef’s knife
  • 8″ bread knife
  • 7″ santoku knife
  • 6″ boning knife
  • 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
  • Higher price than other sets

 

Overall Review of Cangshan TS Series

Cangshan TS Series 1020588 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel Forged 5-Inch Serrated Utility Knife and Wood Sheath Set

I’m a new knife owner, and I have to say that I’m really impressed with the Cangshan TS Series set of knives.  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 proudly put on display. The blades are built with premium materials which means they are good for the long term. Add on that the ergonomic handles feel good in your hands, and you have a great knife set for homeowners.

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

Click here to buy the TS Series 

 

Cangshan N1 Series Review:

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

Cangshan N1 Series 1022377 23-Piece German Steel Forged Knife Block Set, Walnut Block

Pros:

  • RedDot 2016 Award for focus on a unique all-metal structure and ergonomic handles.
  • An HRC 58 +/- 2 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale
  • Blades are corrosion and rust-resistant
  • The steak knives and other blade combinations are enough for most households.
  • The handles feel natural in your hands and are nicely balanced.
  • The knives receive a high Total 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

Cangshan N1 Series 1022377 23-Piece German Steel Forged Knife Block Set, Walnut Block

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 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 want 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 8 Piece Review

Cangshan V2 Series 1022520 German Steel Forged 5-Piece Starter Knife Block Set, Acacia

Knives included:

  • 8-inch chef’s knife
  • 7-inch Santoku
  • 8-inch bread knife
  • 5-inch serrated utility
  • 3.5″ Paring knife
  • 8″ honing steel 
  • 9′ detachable metal shears
  • 7-slot solid acacia knife block

Block Material: Acacia

Knife Material: Swedish Sandvik 14C28N 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

 

Click here to buy the V2 8 Knife Series 

Overall Review of Cangshan V2 8 Piece Series Knife Set

Cangshan TV2 Series 1023039 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel Forged 8-Piece Knife Block Set, Acacia

If you are looking at these knife sets and thinking, “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, except for not coming with the set of matching steak knives. If you want to get a high-quality set of knives but don’t want a lot of extra knives that you may not use, this will be the right fit for you. With over 300 ratings and 4.7 out of 5 stars, it looks like many homeowners love this set.

 

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Cangshan V2 Series 59649 23 Piece Review

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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

Block Material: Acacia wood

Knife Material: X50Cr15MoV German Steel with exceptional sharpness

Color: Black

Pros:

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

 

Cons:

  • This knife set has many extra knives, but if you want 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

Cangshan V2 Series 1024128 German Steel Forged 23-Piece Knife Block Set, Acacia

As fast as a comprehensive knife set goes, the V2 has everything you will need. Using it for a while, I like the blades’ firmness and the knife selection. The handles feel nice in my hands though I prefer the rounded handles of the S1 compared to the V2 series. 

If you want 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 also very appealing compared to the other knives. This one is a solid buy.

Click here to buy the V2 23 Knife Series 

 

Cangshan S1 Knife Series Review

cangshan s1 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:

  • Fewer steak knives than its V2 cousin.

Overall Review of the Cangshan S1 Knife Series

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This knife set has one of the higher ratings of the Cangshan knife series, with 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. It’s a nice-looking knife set, and the 58 Rockwell 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 them 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 housewarming gift for any new homeowner.

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Click here to buy the Thomas Keller Signature Steak Knives 

Cangshan V2 8 Piece Set of German Steel Steak knives

 

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Click here to buy the V2 Steak Knives Series

 

Cangshan N1 Series 59496 German Steel Forged 8-Piece Steak Knife Set

This steak knife set comes with a solid Acacia wood block, each knife has a 5-Inch Blade. This would look great on a countertop or fit nicely into your knife drawer.

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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 woodblock but still want a good set of steak knives.

Click here to buy the S Series steak knives

 

Did you know Dalstrong is another new knife brand? Read our Dalstrong Knives review to see if they make the cut.

 

There are 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 one place, click below to check them out on Amazon.

Click here to see all of the different steak knife styles

✅   After reviewing all of the Cangshan Knives, this is the one that we would buy based on all of its qualities.

 

Overview Of Cangshan Knives

Cangshan Knives Review

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 a 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.

Need to brush up on your knife anatomy? Check out this parts of a knife article.

 

Cangshan Knife Series

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

Cangshan TS Series 1020885 Swedish Sandvik 14C28N Steel Forged 17-Piece Knife Block Set, Walnut

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What else does Cangshan make?

Cangshan Cutting Boards

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Magnetic Knife Bars

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Woodblocks

Click here to see all of the different woodblocks.

 

Sheaths

Made from grained carbonized ash wood, 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

 

Cangshan FAQ

 

What is Cangshan Knives Warranty?

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

They have multiple ways to access them, including email and phone (toll-free: 855-597-5656 ). However, you must make sure you buy 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 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?

Their knives are Chinese-made knives that use German or Swedish 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 its reputation is better for it.

Looking for a more established knife maker? Read this Wusthof Knives Review or learn more about their similarities in Wusthof vs. Cangshan, and see if they are worth the investment.  

 

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.

 

Are Cangshan Knives Dishwasher Safe?

Some 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.

 

Are Cangshan Knives Made In China?

Yes, all Cangshan knives are made in Yangjiang, China.

 

Are Cangshan Knives Forged or Stamped?

Cangshan makes multiple lines of knives, some of which are stamped and others knives are forged. The stamped lines are the P2, TG, and W Series sets of knives, while the rest are forged. 

 

How Are Cangshan Knives Made?

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

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

 

Where Can I Buy Cangshan Knives?

Canghsan knives are available at several retail outlets online and in person. Here are the places you can buy them 

 

Cangshan Knives 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 Swedish 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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