Santoku knife, VG1, Damascus finish - Masutani
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Master Kunio Masutani makes some excellent knives with exceptional bang for your buck. He is another one of the group of makers from Takefu and has also been awarded the title of Master of Traditional Crafts.
SHAPE: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
STEEL: VG1. A high performance Japanese made stainless steel in the same family as VG10 but with less carbon content and less alloy elements. This makes for a blade that is super easy to sharpen but with slightly less edge retention than VG10.
FINISH: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect. This material is then clad around the core metal of the blade as an elaborate protective layer for the core steel - thus giving the knife a beautiful and striking appearance.
HANDLE: Western Mahogany handle
LENGTH: 165mm in length.
MAKER: Masutani - Echizen, Japan
BEST FOR: A hand-forged knife at a fantastic price point.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "This is a lot of knife for your money - it not only has a beautiful finish but the quality of the blade is also there."