Masakage Kumo knives are made by master blacksmith Katsushige Anryu. After serving his apprenticeship under his father, he took over the family shop and has now been fashioning some of the most highly respected knives for 50 years. The Kumo line of kitchen knives are named after the Japanese word for cloud, which Anryu-san says the finished knife reminds him of.
Kumo knives are constructed with a core steel of VG-10 stainless steel which is known for its great edge taking and holding characteristics. VG-10 is a stainless steel with a high carbon content of 1%. Trace elements include 15% chromium, 1% molybdenum, 0.2% vanadium, 1.5% cobalt, and 0.5% manganese. The steel was first created by the Takefu Special Steel Company.
The inner core, or hagane, is covered with multiple layers of a softer stainless steel which is then etched to reveal the stunning damascus style blade road with that unique storm cloud pattern.
The banno bunka
is a great all-around knife, featuring a flat edge profile for push cutters and a pointed tanto profile tip for detail work. It is a great alternative to a small gyuto
. Edge bevel is a symmetrical 50/50 grind, so the Masakage Kumo bunka is great for a right- or left-handed user. The traditional octagonal handle is very nicely finished and made from rosewood with a pakka wood ferrule.
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Blade Length: 168 mm
Overall Length: 310 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.7 mm
Blade Height: 46.1 mm