Masakage Shimo

Hand forged from Shirogami carbon steel, Masakage’s Shimo line have a very sexy look with their hand manipulated Damascus finish. Dubbed Shimo (frost) these cool blades are said to resemble frost on a window. Cool huh? To achieve this look the blacksmith uses a hammer with a raised ‘X’ on the face. Paired with the white (magnolia) and black (pakka wood) octagon handle, the overall balance and feel is what chefs desire. 

 Shirogami (white) carbon is pretty darn great- super easy to sharpen, takes a brilliantly sharp edge, cuts like silk and is very rugged for its hardness. The extremely hard white carbon steel core is laminated between softer layers of carbon steel. Since the blade is not stainless it requires a bit more care. Keep the blade dry to avoid tarnish and if you ever see a bit of rust on the blade remove it immediately with a coarse dish scrubber and soapy water.

Yu Kurosaki San began his blacksmith work in 2002 when he started working in Kanehiro-Uchi-Hamono. He claims he was not a natural blacksmith from the beginning and wanted to quit many times, but after selling his first blade to a more than satisfied customer, his confidence shot up, as well as his drive to continue making great knives for happy cooks. Needless to say, we’re VERY happy he didn’t give in to doubt.

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 #2 Shirogami (White carbon) Steel
Rockwell Hardness 61:63
Handle Shape Octagon
Handle Material Magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar