About the shape - Santoku means 'Three Virtues' or 'To solve Three Problems'. The three virtues are meat, fish and vegetables, or slicing, dicing and mincing depending on your interpretation. This means that the Santoku is an all-around knife, suitable for the amateur home cook and the professional chef alike. The heigh means good clearance for big hands, while the relatively short blade can be wielded by anyone.
About Mazaki San - Mazaki-san is a relatively young blacksmith from Sanjo, but he originally hails from the island of Hokkaido. Unsure of what to do with himself as a young man, he left to travel Japan on his motorcycle. He made a stop in Sanjo, and was fascinated by the knife making & blacksmithing industry in the area. He got an apprenticeship with Yoshikane which lasted about 5 years, but he decided he would like to pursue a more traditional, hands-on way of making knives. Now, he forge-welds all of his carbon steel knives in house, and finishes his bevel with a variety of different whetstones, all by hand.
Mazaki san works prefers the more traditional Shirogami #2 to craft his knives, and leaves a rustic finish on many of his blades. Shirogami is capable of insane sharpness and edge retention. His knives have a distinctly traditional look, while still standing out from the crowd as his own creations.
||#2 Shirogami (White Carbon)
||Wa (Japanese) Handle,
Octagon Magnolia with black Water Buffalo horn collar