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Masakage's Koishi (pebbles) line are hand forged with Aogami Super. Aogami Super is like the king of steels - super easy to sharpen, takes a brilliantly sharp edge, cuts like silk and is very rugged for it’s hardness - It's called super for a reason. They are then clad in a softer stainless steel to help lower any maintenance issues (possible rusting). Brilliant!

The tsuchime (hammered) and kurouchi (black) finish give the impression of river pebbles. Paired with the stunning octagon cherry wood handle with black pakka wood collar, the overall balance and feel is what chefs desire. Did we mention they're super?

They are forged by Hiroshi Kato, a practicing blacksmith from Takefu Village with over 50 years experience. Kato San runs a very professional workshop and has even taken on great apprentices like Yu Kurosaki and Toru Tamura.

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 Aogami Super (Super Blue carbon) Steel clad with Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness 63:64 
Handle Shape Octagon
Handle Material Cherry wood handle with Pakka wood collar
Blacksmith Hiroshi Kato