Masakage Month: Kamagata, why we love it.

January 15, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Masakage Month: Kamagata, why we love it.


One of the most unique knives in the shops, a kamagata was traditionally used by shoemakers to cut rubber into the soles of shoes. After a bit of hmmming and hawwwing from the blacksmiths, they were convinced to make the blades thinner and give them the same amount of love that a kitchen knife gets.

It’s actually called a kamagata nakiri, and makes an excellent vegetable knife. Imagine slicing basil into a perfect chiffonade or chopping a shallot into a brunoise that is deserving of pat on the back from Marco Pierre White. Line cooks love these guys because they are shorter in length but capable of tackling most tasks that pop up during a busy service.

A kamagata is the perfect knife for someone I would call a “paring knife cook”, you know that person who drags a tiny knife through everything to cut it and is terrified of a longer knife.

Think of it like kitchen training wheels, short enough that no one is afraid but tall enough you can actually chop with it. I bought a Koishi Kamagata for my mom, thinking that she would get used to the height and eventually start reaching for a larger knife. So far so good.

Check out all the Kamagata knives here!

Chris Lord
Chris Lord

Chris is a relocated Maritimer that can be found slinking in and out the back doors of Ottawa's restaurants, often with his daughter in tow. Chris has been a fixture in the Ottawa food scene for the past 10 years and has recently laid down his apron to learn the ways of Knifewear. Chris loves cooking big pieces of meat over a live fire and spends his summer feeding wood into his BBQ, Lemmy Smoke-mister.



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Knife Line
Blacksmith
Steel
Handle
Maintenance Rating
What we like about it
Whats in a name?
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 super blue carbon
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
#2 shirogami white carbon
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!
Blacksmithyu kurosaki
SteelCarbon Steel
#2 shirogami white carbon
Rockwell Hardness: 61:63
HandleWa (Japanese) handle
Octagon, 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!
Blacksmithtakeshi saji
SteelStainless clad with Carbon Steel Core
aogami super super blue carbon
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.