Kyocera Supports Breast Cancer Research through Cooking Cutlery

Kyocera Advanced Ceramics (KAC) is supporting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by giving those who love to cook an opportunity to join the fight against breast cancer. KAC is offering a Special

Edition 5.5-in. Santoku ceramic knife with an ergonomic pink-colored handle that retails for $79.95. Kyocera is donating $5 from each sale to the foundation.  According to Katie Shaw, Kyocera Advanced Ceramics’ marketing manager, the company has donated over $113,000 so far.

“We have just renewed this program for another year,” says Shaw, “which began in 2004. Kyocera is always looking at ways to give back to the community and this seemed a perfect fit.”

Support for breast cancer extends throughout the Kyocera group companies from California to Japan. An employee-led effort at Kyocera America, Inc. in San Diego, Cal. has raised over $32,000 this year through local fundraising events. In Kyoto, Japan, Kyocera’s headquarters supports the “Pink Ribbon Kyoto Campaign”, which promotes screening mammography for detecting breast cancer at an early stage.

Kyocera ceramic knives are made from zirconia, hold a razor-sharp edge 10 times longer than conventional cutlery, and are typically half the weight of equivalent steel knives. Since the ceramic blade is so light, no artificial weight is added to the handle, thus creating an extremely balanced tool. Because the knives are ceramic, they won’t brown foods, won’t transfer a metallic taste or smell, and will never rust.

Kyocera Advanced Ceramics also offers other ceramic kitchen utensils, as well as ceramic pens and scissors.

The Special Edition Santoku knives are available at Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide and can also be purchased online at

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