Masakage Knives visiting Vancouver and Calgary

July 21, 2016 1 min read 0 Comments

Masakage Knives visiting Vancouver and Calgary

Each summer we invite some of our Japanese blacksmith partners to visit Canada. Blacksmithing and engraving demos are fun and educational, but that’s not the only reason we love hosting them. These visits also allow Knifewear — and you, our customers — let these artisans know just how much we admire and appreciate the work they do.

The first of this year’s visits is nothing short of EPIC. Five craftsmen from Masakage Knives will be visiting both the Vancouver store on August 10 and the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” on August 13. Both visits will have knifemaking demos, with an extra-special blacksmithing demo at the Omatsuri festival.

Kurosaki-san (Maker of Shimo and Zero), Nomura-san (Crafts the beautiful Zero handles) Kato-san Jr. (Helps make Hikari, Kiri, Koishi, and Yuki lines), Yamamoto-san (Handle maker), and Shibata-san (Masakage President, master knife sharpener) will all be on hand to demonstrate and teach us about their work. 

To get yourself as pumped for this visit as we are, we have interviews with Shibata-san and Kurosaki-san from Springhammer. (Which is still 50% off on Vimeo until the end of July) 

 

Also, last year, Fujiwara-san also did demos at the Omatsuri festival. There’s nothing like watching a master blacksmith create something right before your eyes.

Finally, we just wanted to let you know that this isn't all we have in store for you this August. A Moritaka Hamono blacksmith will be visiting Vancouver (Aug 20) and Calgary (Aug 21). What did I tell you? EPIC. 

Mason Hastie
Mason Hastie

Mason's job is to make Knifewear and Kent of Inglewood look cool. Which is an easier job than it looks (don't tell Kevin) since both are much cooler than Mason. He enjoys owning knives that make him feel like a much better cook than he actually is, and looking at razors that make him wish he shaved more than once every five years.


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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.