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圧倒的不審者の極み!note , known as Kiwami Japan to its English-speaking fans, is a Japanese YouTube channel about knives. It is best known for its "Sharpest ____ kitchen knife in the world" videos, which consist of the owner, Kiwami Kouba, making professional-grade kitchen knives out of increasingly bizarre materials.

Due to its unusual, often humorous content and lack of spoken dialogue, Kiwami Japan has garnered a following from all over the world. Its videos are all watchable independently of one another, but will often have shout-outs to previous uploads and continuity updates for those who have been watching in chronological order.

You can watch it on Youtube here.

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  • Awesome, but Impractical: While every knife made thus far certainly qualifies, special mention goes to the knives he made out of ice and smoke, respectively.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The plate used at the end of the pasta knife video is itself turned into a knife two videos later.
  • Companion Cube: The cow pitchers. Other small plush toys are also treated this way in some videos.
  • Complexity Addiction: Kiwami is prone to devising overly complicated solutions to obstacles he encounters during the knife-making process, such as making a vacuum-sealer from scratch - twice, because the first one didn't hold - or making a knife all over again if it isn't as effective as he'd hoped.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with his milk knife; the construction of the knife itself, having the dissolved remains of the mixture of milk, acetic acid, and ethanol be cooked down to a solid form seems simple enough, but the construction of the pommel, on the other hand, involved no less than three uses of a vacuum chamber to create a pommel mold after making separate molds out of the head of Kiwami's signature cow pitcher, then one from an actual knife's pommel to attach the cow head, and then finally the rubber pommel out of the previous two molds.
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  • Continuity Nod: The videos often have B-plots involving little toys or his iconic cow-shaped kitchen utensils.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Kiwami hasn't always specialized in his popular "sharpest _____ kitchen knives" videos; his early content covers other equally bizarre experiments, with the comments section usually full of newer subscribers joking that they expected more knives.
    • In an early 2018 video, he outright does a Q&A with his face visible (albeit partially covered by a surgical mask), in contrast with his later content where he never speaks and appears briefly if at all.
  • Eat the Evidence:
    • The video on the knife made out of pasta quite literally ends on this trope: he cooks the knife and eats it.
    • While we don't actually see it happen, the ending of the rice knife video implies this due to it ending on Kiwami putting it into a steamer.
    • The Fake Egg knife video mentions at several points that you can eat the ingredients (a gel made from sodium alginate, beta carotene and food colouring, amongst others) at any point during the process, even once the knife is finished!
    • The gelatin knife video ends with him melting down the knife and returning the gelatin to its single-serving pouches.
  • Everything's Better with Cows
    • The cow-shaped pitchers used in his videos.
    • The knife made out of milk has a handle with a cow motif, with a pommel cast from one of his cow-shaped pitchers.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Kiwami's handiwork in knife-crafting is nothing short of awe-inspiring. His carbon fiber, paper and rice-derived cellulose fibre and bismuth knives are of special mention.
  • Improbable Weapon User: On the other end of the coin, it is bizarre to see everyday, mundane objects be turned into knives through crafty means. Would you ever find any long-lasting use in a knife made from pasta?
  • Knife Nut: It should go without saying.
  • Loophole Abuse: His video on using a $1 kitchen knife to cut the hardest food in the world sees him accomplish this task... by more or less turning the knife into a saw.
  • Noodle Implements: In several videos, a hand massager (commonly mistaken for a vibrator by commenters) is used during the construction process; in the Paper Knife video, it's used to shake out cellulose fibres from a mix of rice and paper (until Kiwami decides this is too slow, and uses a waterfall and aluminium oxide balls to grind the mixture for over a week), while in the Milk Knife video it's used to remove air bubbles from the resin mixture being used to make the knife's handle.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Sure, it probably is the sharpest rice/smoke/gelatin/chicken bone kitchen knife in the world, if only because it's the only one of its kind. Of all the "sharpest ______ kitchen knives" he's made, only the carbon fiber knife is likely to have any meaningful competition.
  • Running Gag: Cucumbers. Several knife-making video ends with him cutting one, and each time it's acquired in a more bizarre fashion, from finding one hanging on his window blinds, to grabbing one out of a lamp fixture, to finding one balancing perfectly on his under-sink shutoff valve, to grabbing one hidden in a roll of toilet paper, to walking through a forested path to have one airdropped to him, squeezing one out of a tube made of fake egg, to finding one inside of both an orange and a bread roll. And, of course, he eventually makes a knife out of the cucumber itself.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story:
    • The bismuth knife. After a painstaking amount of time creating it, the jaggedness and irritation of the handle causes Kiwami to only use it for less than 30 seconds, only measly chopping the cucumber in half, before giving up and smelting it down into a multicoloured metal block again.
    • The primitive stone knife is whittled using nothing more than other rocks over a period of days... and then buried out in the wilderness for safekeeping. And then he later accidentally smashes and breaks it while testing out a newly-sharpened axe head.
  • Shout-Out: At the end of his Sharpest egg kitchen knife in the world video Kiwami does a thumb up gesture, much like another silent YouTuber who's known for his obsession with eggs and a habit of ending his videos with a thumb up.
  • Something Completely Different: Not only does the potato knife video have music playing for the majority of it, but the video's subplot concerns the tiny bear statue being possessed by a demon, forcing Kiwami to keep trying out ways of placating it so he can continue the video, ultimately resulting in him trapping the bear in a box, sealing the box in a tube of several tape rolls, and putting the tube on a perpetual rolling device he had fashioned, complete with brushes to rub against it.

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