The Masakage Kumo line of kitchen knives is made by renowned blacksmith, Katsushige Anryu. With well over 50 years spent as a dedicated traditional knife maker, Anryu-san has won many awards and achievements during his during his distinguished life as a blacksmith.
The Kumo blades are constructed from the very popular stainless steel, VG-10. VG-10 is a stainless alloy with a particularly high carbon content. The steel was first created by the Takefu Special Steel Company and is now so popular that the Japanese knife industry has requested that it be sold only inside the home country to preserve the supply chain.
Anryu-san covers the core steel with multiple layers of a softer stainless steel. The cladding is heavily etched to reveal the stunning damascus style blade road with a pattern that resembles storm clouds. Thus the name, Kumo!
This is about the smallest size that gyuto
style knives are made. At just 180mm, it is part large petty and part santoku
, not just in dimensions but in abilities and feel. People who like a shorter blade will be intrigued by this knife as it serves so many purposes and is so adroit at those many tasks. Add to that the impeccable craftsmanship that has gone into the blade as well as the beautiful rosewood handle and you have a knife that would be a fine addition to any professional or home chef’s knife roll.
Construction: San Mai
Edge Steel: VG-10
Cladding: Stainless Damascus
Region: Echizen, Japan
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakkawood
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Blade Length: 180mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.7mm
Blade Height: 41.7mm