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  • Masakage Comparison Guide

    January 15, 2020 1 min read

    Having trouble deciding which Masakage line is right for you? We understand, because we love them all too. Carbon steel, being a bit finicky  isn't for everyone. Other people are only interested in price point. Whatever your priorities, the chart below should help.

    Knife Line
    Blacksmith
    Steel
    Handle
    Maintenance Rating
    What we like about it
    Whats in a name?
    Blacksmithyu kurosaki
    SteelCarbon Steel
    shirogami #2 white carbon steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handleOctagon, magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingPain in the ass.
    What we like about itSharp as hell, will rust as you look at it, and thin as a razor. You will love it, but it won't love you back.
    Whats in a name?Shimo translates to Frost!
    SteelStainless Steel
    VG10 stainless steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 60:62
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Octagon, American cherry with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingEasy, it's stainless steel.
    What we like about itElegant and sexy AF.
    Whats in a name?Kumo translates to Cloud!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    aogami super blue carbon steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 63:64
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Octagon, cherry wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itCrazy bang for your buck, more Knifewear staff have Koishi's than any other knife line.
    Whats in a name?Koishi translates to Pebble!
    SteelCarbon Steel
    #2 aogami blue carbon
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Oval, cherry wood handle with plastic collar
    Maintenance RatingPain in the ass.
    What we like about itPerformance with a cheap handle.
    Whats in a name?Mizu translates to Water!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless Steel
    VG10 stainless steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 60:62
    HandleWa (Japanese) Handle
    Oval, Magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingEasy, it's stainless steel.
    What we like about itThe perfect gift knife, stainless, beautiful and well priced .
    Whats in a name?Kiri translates to Mist!
    Blacksmithyoshimi kato
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    shirogami #2 white carbon steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
    HandleWa (Japanese) handle
    Oval, magnolia wood handle with pakka wood collar
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itAlmost as great as it's big brother, the Koishi, a great choice for someone getting into Japanese knives.
    Whats in a name?Yuki translates to Snow!
    Blacksmithtakeshi saji
    SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
    aogami super blue carbon steel
    Rockwell Hardness: 63:64
    HandleWestern style handle
    Desert ironwood with welded bolster
    Maintenance RatingDoable, but some care needed.
    What we like about itThe premo Masakage, Super Blue, Ironwood, and designed by Shibata-san to be pure luxury in a knife
    Whats in a name?Named after this WW2 fighter Jet.
       Kevin Kent
    Kevin Kent

    Knifewear owner and president Kevin Kent’s fascination with handcrafted Japanese knives began while he was working as sous-chef for the legendary chef Fergus Henderson at St. John restaurant in London, England. Back in Canada in 2007 he began selling them out of a backpack from the back of his bicycle, while working as a chef in Calgary. He considers his chef years as the best education for being an entrepreneur. Being a chef takes long hours, involves hard work, both mentally and physically, and chefs must be able to put out fires, both literal and figurative, with extreme competence. Today, Kent is still just as obsessed with Japanese knives as the day he first held one. A couple times a year, he travels to Japan to meet with his blacksmith friends and drinks far too much sake. Each visit he learns more about the ancient art of knife-making. Through this obsession Knifewear has expanded to include five Knifewear stores in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Edmonton. Plans are also underway to open a store in Kyoto, Japan. He refuses to confess how many Japanese knives he owns … but he admits the number is rather high. Follow Kevin on Twitter at @knifenerd and find out more about the stores at knifewear.com, and if you meet him in person, ask him to tell you his Lou Reed story.