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 Masakage Kumo - Sexy or what? Dubbed Kumo (cloud), these dreamy looking blades could be compared to watching the clouds on the coolest of days. The blades are hand-forged with VG-10 stainless steel wrapped with alternating damascus layers of stainless steel and nickel, teamed up with an octagon cherry wood and pakka handle. They have a nice light feel and forward balance. Heavenly!
VG-10 is a steel that brings sharpness, toughness and stain resistance together in the best combination possible. That and it’s stainless so you never see your food discolour or pick up a rusty knife.
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4 star rating
Not just a pretty blade
Review by Aaron S. on 27 Jul 2019review stating Not just a pretty blade
This is a beautiful knife with outstanding performance. This is the second of these we've purchased, and gave this one as a gift. I know it will be used and treasured for a lifetime (even if they don't baby it -- it's stainless!). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I've been spoiled by even thinner, harder (if less pretty) carbon steel blades.
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Review by Elaine L. on 23 Nov 2018review stating Masakage Kumo Santuko 165mm
What a lovely knife. Purchased this for my hubby's birthday after a Cut like a Chef class last month. Weight and balance make chopping vegetables a joy. And it is beautifu!. It is proudly displayed in our kitchen.
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Review by Didier C. on 19 Sep 2018review stating Awsome first Japanese knife!!!
Always had all kinds of knives. Camping, woods, pocket, hunting, vintage, army combat, cooking, throwing, etc..but never had a japan hand made one. Was in Calgary for Stampede and went to that store. i was well informed and finally bought a Masakage Kumo santoku. Since then i enjoy even more than usual preparing my meal, with my dexterity, the kind of cuts this kind of knife allow me to do. LOVE IT!!! Thanks Casey :-)
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