Great quality is the consistent pursuit of KAI since the day it was founded. For over a hundred years, we respect what nature gives us, tapping into the true powers of mountains, waters and soil and integrating practical aesthetics with refined craftsmanship. Meanwhile, we give back what we have been generously offered to society. Today, the KAI product lines which keep innovating and progressing are more widely used in our lives. Through the guidance of ultimate craftsmanship of cutlery making, people are led back to the fun in cooking, and more people feel the love and care put into food. The beauty tools are practically designed to help people find out how beautiful they are. More women are encouraged to become confident in being themselves.
- Putting the customer first and always exceeding their expectations.
- Striving for the prosperity of our partners and society.
- Ensuring the KAI logo means quality and value.
- Appreciating each other’s work and promoting cooperation among the associates.
- Innovating in every job, every day.
"Bringing delight to the customers, Encouraging pride in the associates. Working toward the well being of society,
Together with the partners, KAI is a continuous learning company"
The Journey So Far
1920Saijiro Endo established Joint-Stock Company Endo Cutlery Manufacturing Co. in Seki city reinforcing the production system, it grew to become one of the best manufacturers there
1932Mr. Endo started the production of replaceable blades for safety razors and established a Joint-Stock Company by purchasing manufacturing equipment from a German
1951Manufacturing to produce disposable razors. After that he expanded into household products as well
1977With the establishment of the first overseas subsidiary Kai Cutlery U.S.A. Ltd. in Portland, Oregon, full fledged business development overseas was begun
1982The corporate name was changed from Sanwa cutlery Co., Ltd. To Kaijirushi Hamono Co. Ltd.
1998K-3, which was the world's first replaceable 3-blade razor and made KAI famous around the world was launched
2008In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, the “KAI Touch Project” and the “KAI Sweets Koshien”, were held for the first time
2012Established Kai Manufacturing India Pvt. Ltd. with establishment of manufacturing facility in Neemrana, Rajasthan on May, 2015
2014 We are the first Japanese company to be awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Prize* co-hosted by the Henokiens Association and the Château du Clos
2015Established Kai France SARL.
2018110th anniversary. New Oyana factory No.1 completed, and expanded the surgical instrument factory.
Mr. Koji Endo
KAI Group Chairman & CEO
From Japan's Long-Established KAI-Jirushi Brand to KAI Group that is Expanding Around The World
As of 2021, KAI Group has met our 113th anniversary. Since our foundation in 1908, with the patronage of many customers using our products, the Company is currently developing as many as 10,000 product items in Japan and various places around the world ranging from home goods such as kitchen products, confectionery items and beauty care products, to medical products and business-use blades.
Our origin is in the biggest city for blades with an 800 year history, Seki City located in Gifu Prefecture, where the company started as a small workshop producing folding knives. Outstanding craftsmanship and the spirit of traditional blacksmiths; producing tools that are closely related to, and rooted in daily living; innovative spirit while dealing with cutting edge factory equipment; improvement of production technology and aggressive effort for advancement. This is the essence of our company.
It is with this passion that we continue to individually craft each of our products, starting with our razors, kitchen knives, scissors, and nail clippers.
The corporate philosophy of our company is, "To more people, better products."
This motto has been handed down from generation to generation; from the founder, my grandfather, to my father, to myself, and to our products which are delivered to our customers.
Kai Industries is responsible for manufacturing products with high-end quality and reliable technology, and Kai-jirushi brand is comprehensively responsible for the domestic sales of versatile products that give affluence to daily living. The Company is also delivering top quality products to a large number of customers through the expansion of our network in the regions of North America, Europe and Asia.
The tradition of 113 years is a token of trust that we receive from many customers.
KAI Group plans to continue to further deepen this trust and to produce better products and better services while keeping in mind the business position on continued learning.
We are taking a definite step towards building the next 100 years.
We are aiming towards a Kai-jirushi brand that is always new and fresh.
Mr. Rajesh U. Pandya
KAI India Managing Director
The VISION of KAI India is to contribute to "MAKE IN INDIA", "SELL IN INDIA & OVERSEAS", "SKILL IN INDIA", and "WOMEN EMPOWERMENT".
Furthermore, we plan to introduce our own perspective called "DUPS" when developing products.
DUPS stands for "DESIGN", "UNIQUENESS", "PATENT", and "STORY".
"To more people, better products" is our motto.