Higo Knives

Sexy or what? Masakage Kumo knives are handmade with VG10 stainless steel. This series is named Kumo (cloud) because the blades look like clouds on a really cool day. The Damascus steel is manipulated by hand to give this great dreamy look. The rosewood and pakka wood octagon handle give the blades a nice light feel and forward balance.

These knives are hand forged from VG-10 high carbon stainless steel and laminated with layered nickel Damascus stainless steel. VG10 was created for knife making. What a clever idea. This steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation, C.A.T.R.A and the Solingen Institute of Steel in Germany. VG-10 has a high Carbon percentage (0.95 to1.05%) for hardness and ease of re-sharpening, Molybdenum (0.9 to 1.2%) and Vanadium (0.1 to 0.3%) are added for their stainless properties and Cobalt (1.3 to 1.5%) for toughness. 

Knife making is in Anryu san’s blood. His family started as knife makers in the early 1870’s. He started apprenticing under his father, Katsutoshi Anryu, after graduating high school in 1959. He is a fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for well over 50 years. Amazing. Anryu san is always striving to make better knives to please the cook using them.

“Iron is alive, it can live and it can die depending on the blacksmith.”

All Masakage Knives are handmade in Japan by blacksmiths chosen for their excellence. Shibata san,Hiroshima’s top knife sharpener, selects and design these knives. All Masakage knives are hand sharpened by Shibata san with his unique technique of using a different grit on each side of the blade. This gives a smooth, sharp edge that stays sharp longer than standard sharpening.

Just the Facts

Steel Type VG10 Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness 60:62
Handle Shape Octagon
Handle Material Rosewood handle with pakka wood collar

 

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