Cangshan Review

The Best Cangshan Review:  Are Their Great Designs Worth Buying?

By Bobby B. |  June 27, 2019  | Knife Brands

Cangshan Cutlery makes some of the most beautiful kitchen knives in our opinion.  As you’ll see throughout our reviews below, they focus heavily on design, their materials, and the user’s experience.  You will love how your Cangshan knives look, they’re amazing and that’s a given!

To better understand if it’s all worth spending your money on, let’s take a deeper dive into Cangshan Cutlery.  Perhaps one thing that’s most confusing about Cangshan Cutlery is the many series of knives they offer.  It can be difficult to keep track of what’s what with all their options.  Cangshan has won dozens of design awards for their knives.  Here’s a great marketing video that’s a good introduction to the brand.

Cangshan Knife Series/Lines

Cangshan classifies their knives into roughly 23 series as you noticed in the video.  Here’s a list and how they describe each.

  • Thomas Keller Series: “Michelin-Starred Chef Thomas Keller Premium Knife Line”
  • TS Series: “Sleek and Slim”
  • TC Series: “Modern Design”
  • J Series: “Handcrafted Asian Style Knvies”
  • R Series: “Singularly Designed with Magnetic Sheath”
  • Z Series: “Sharp and Strikingly Designed”
  • TG Series: “G10 Fiberglass Handle”
  • N1 Series: “Red Dot Design Award Winner”
  • S Series: “Dynamic Balance and Sharp Focus”
  • S1 Series: “Sleek and Modern with Elemental Beauty”
  • A Series: “Rare Luscious African Blackwood Handle”
  • W Series: “Red Dot Design Award Winner”
  • X Series: “Geometric Design Strikes Perfect Balance”
  • H1 Series: “Smooth Contour with Warm Wood Tones”
  • K Series: “Unique Stunning Titanium Coated Blade”
  • N Series: “Expertly Crafted, Ergonomic Handle”
  • Y2 Series: “Bold Design with Nimble Precision”
  • D Series: “Elegantly Modern”
  • V2 Series: “Simple Classic”
  • S+ Series: “Vibrant Colored Handles, Titanium Coated Blade”
  • TV2 Series: “Premium Swedish Steel”
  • TN1 Series: “Matte Handle, Swedish Steel”
  • P2 Series: “Commercial Cutlery”

So, yes, there are a ton of different knives that Cangshan makes.  We don’t have the space and you don’t have the time to read through 23 reviews.  Here are reviews on our top 4 favorite Cangshan knife sets!

Cangshan S1 Review - 17pc Walnut Knife Block
Cangshan S1 Series Review - 17pc Knife Set

Knives Included:

8” Chef’s Knife, 8” Bread Knife, 7” Santoku Knife, 6” Boning Knife, 5” Utility Knife, 5” Tomato Knife, 3.5” Paring Knife, 2.75” Peeling Knife, 6pcs 5” Steak Knives, 8” Honing Steel, Forged 9” Kitchen Shears

Blade Material:

German Steel (X50Cr15MoV)

Block Material:

Walnut Wood

Pros:

  • Clean look and design with the ivory-colored handles
  • Large set of knives, should cover everything you need
  • Great price per knife on this affordable set

Cons:

  • Larger block might not fit well in smaller kitchens
  • White handles are not a favorite look for everyone

Cangshan S1 Review:

The S1 Series by Cangshan has a very sleek look to it.  These German steel used in this series has a Rockwell Hardness level of 56 +/- 2, so the blades are very hard and should have great blade retention for knives at this price point.  The price per knife on this set makes it super-affordable and while the materials aren’t top-of-the-line, they are pretty good.  This, along with the great design, make this our favorite Cangshan Knife Set.

Cangshan V2 Review - 6pc Forged Knife Block
Cangshan V2 Series Review - 6pc Knife Set

Knives Included:

8” Chef’s Knife, 8” Bread Knife, 7” Santoku Knife, 5″ Serrated Utility Knife, 3.5” Paring Knife

Blade Material:

German Steel (X50Cr15MoV)

Block Material:

Acacia Wood

Pros:

  • Classic design styling
  • Covers all the basic knives
  • Affordable pricing

Cons:

  • Might still need a few other knives

Cangshan V2 Series Review:

This is the least flashy series of all the Cangshan knives.  While the knife itself is pretty classic looking, the acacia wood block is very beautiful, takes up minimal counter space, and is made from a solid piece of wood.  This is a great looking set at a very affordable price.

Cangshan N1 Review - 6pc Forged Knife Block
Cangshan N1 Series Review - 6pc Knife Set

Knives Included:

8” Chef’s Knife, 8” Bread Knife, 7” Santoku Knife, 5″ Serrated Utility Knife, 3.5” Paring Knife

Blade Material:

German Steel (X50Cr15MoV)

Block Material:

Acacia Wood

Pros:

  • Unique, modern and minimalistic design
  • Covers all the basic knives
  • Great balance

Cons:

  • Might still need a few other knives

Cangshan N1 Series Review:

This is a very similar, but also very different knife to the one in the Cangshan V2 Series.  The knives included, the blade material, and the acacia wood block are all identical.   However, the design and styling of this knife are quite different obviously.  While we do think this design is more stylish than the V2, it’s also pricier, and we’re not sure we think the price difference is justified.  Ultimately, you’ll have to decide for yourself on if it’s worth it to you.

Cangshan S Review - 12pc Knife Block Set
Cangshan S Series Review - 12pc Knife Set

Knives Included:

9” Hollow-Edge Carving Knife, 8” Chef’s Knife, 7” Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife, 8” Bread Knife, 7” Nikiri Knife, 6” Boning Knife, 5” Serrated Utility Knife, 3.5” Paring Knife, 2.75” Peeling Knife, 8” Honing Steel

Blade Material:

German Steel (X50Cr15MoV)

Block Material:

Acacia Wood

Pros:

  • Great balance
  • Sophisticated look
  • Good number of knives in this set

Cons:

  • Expensive when compared to other Cangshan sets
  • Materials are not as good as competitors offer in this price range

Cangshan S Series Review:

These knives probably look familiar to you already.  The S1 Series above is almost identical, but the handles are white and here in the S Series, they are black.  Still the same materials as before, but a very nice sized set.  Not too many knives, not too few.  This block should fit nicely on a wide variety of kitchen sizes.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, this set was quite pricy for what you get.  Click the button below to check the current price.

Cangshan Steak Knives

Cangshan makes steak knives in many of the series mentioned above.   Here are a couple of our favorites.  A link to all others listed at Amazon can be found here.

Cangshan Knife Review Summary

Canghan Cutlery makes many knife designs, but not much more than the look of the handle changes.  Most of the knives are all of the same German steel (with the exception of a few made of Swedish Sadnvik that we didn’t review above).  It takes a bit to figure out which series looks like what, but after that, it’s easy to follow their scheme.

So, are they worth the money?  Sure they are.  If you like what you and are happy with the materials which are pretty “middle-of-the-road”, then this is an affordable option for decent knives.  There are clearly other good knife makers that produce higher-end knives, but there are also cheaper-made knives too.  The unique part of Cangshan is their designs.

Cangshan FAQs

Where Are Canshan Knives Made?

Cangshan knives are made in Yangjiang, China.  This is a huge hub for knife makers in that part of the world.  Other knife brands in that city include Dalstrong, Zelite, and several others.  Some say there are over 1500 knife makers in Yangjiang.  Despite being made in China, most of the steel used in Cangshan’s knives comes from either Germany or Sweden.  

Are Cangshan Knives Dishwasher Safe?

Some of the Cangshan knives say they are dishwasher safe, but like any good kitchen knife that has carbon in the steel, you’re better off hand-washing and drying them immediately after use to extend the life of the blade.  Even knives with more Chromium in them can rust when exposed to water that sits on them for a period of time.  It’s always just best practice to wash and dry right away and by hand.

Who Makes Cangshan Knives?

Their founder, Henry Liu, went searching for a knife manufacturer and audited over 80 sites throughout the U.S. and Europe.  He never found what he was looking for, but rather just the same old knife designs and nothing unique.  He then landed in Yangjiang, China a cutlery Mecca of sorts.  The artisans there shared his passion of making something different.  After 2 years of research and development, it all started and is now known as the Cangshan Cutlery Company. 

Are Cangshan Knives Any Good?

As mentioned in our summary above, they are good, but not great.  Cangshan’s prices are affordable for what you’re getting and they look amazing!  If you like the looks and that’s as important to you as the materials, go for it.  If you’d rather spend the money on functionality and performance over look, you can probably find something better for your needs by checking out our best knife brands page.

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