It is rather surprising that the maker of one of our more “stylish” knives spent most of his life making industrial and farming style cutting implements. In fact the blacksmith responsible for these stunning new knives, Katsuyasu Kamo, is better known in Japan for his work in the cutting and gardening tool arenas. He has been forging blades for over 50 years and is one of the founders of the famous Takefu Village Co-operative Knife Factory.
This sleek and elegant knife is constructed around a core of VG10 stainless steel. This is a very hard and tough stainless alloy that is capable of holding an incredibly sharp edge with longer life and easier maintenance than many other types of steel. The VG-10 core is clad in a softer multi-layer damascus stainless steel which delivers an effortless sharpening experience and adds structural ductility and support to the blade.
There is a gentle belly that develops quite far back along the edge and rises to a medium height tip. The grind is very well executed and quite thin behind the edge. The design element that sets this knife apart is the unusual handle construction and aesthetic. Using a multi-layer laminate of oak reduces the chances of shrinkage and distortion while comfortable in hand and well balanced overall.