Kurosakiís Shimo line of knives, hand crafted for Masakage, are incredible performance instruments. The treatment of the White #2 core steel is some of the best we have seen. The steel is a pleasure to sharpen, takes a silky edge, exhibits little to no chipping and has excellent retention. Some of the more beautiful knives on the site, Masakage Shimo blades clad the W#2 core with soft iron Damascus hammered to resemble frost patterns on windows during the winter.
The grind on these knives provides an example of some of the best convexing we have seen, which reaches an apex towards the middle of the bladeís height tapers from the heal section towards the tip which becomes flat ground, allowing it to perform very well when using the tip to fly through softer ingredients.
The edge profile on the Shimo line is very flat with some nice belly towards the tip. These knives are begging to be push and pull cut and used for chopping. That said, there is certainly enough curvature to excel in rocking as well. Fairly light weight, the knife is nonetheless able to handle just about any ingredient put in front of it.
It should be noted that both the core steel and the cladding are reactive. Indeed, the iron cladding on these blades is some of the more reactive cladding on our site. These knives should be kept dry and wiped clean during use.
The Masakage Shimo 210mm gyuto is actually oversized at 220mm which we find to be an excellent length for this knife. As noted, it is capable of high performance through just about any ingredient and as such is a true athlete of a knife.
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