A few years ago, Hinoki bust onto the scene with the stylish, well-built and effective slicer-and-dicer we’d learn to love as the S1 Gyuto Chef’s Knife. The brand has grown a lot in the three years since we covered their first Kickstarter, but their core tenets of high-quality, Japanese-crafted knifes at an affordable cost remains true through their most recent launch. The Hinoki E1 Essential Knives line takes a page out of the Bourdain playbook in that, “everyone only really needs three knives–a chef’s knife, paring knife and bread knife.” As with all their previous products, Hinoki more than delivers with the new line of essential knives. 400 years of knife-making tradition and craftsmanship over five generations comes together with modern designs to create three of the best knives you’ll ever have the pleasure of holding. Each one of the precisely crafted kitchen blades is made with high-quality VG-10 steel that’s honed to perfection, available in chrome or obsidian finishes, and backed by a lifetime warranty.