Masakage Kumo knives are made by veteran blacksmith Ikeda san who has earned his sterling reputation over many years of blacksmithing under Anryu san. He makes various lines of knives under his own name as well as for the Masakage brand.
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.
Ikeda 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: 4.5 oz (126 g)
Blade Length: 181 mm
Total Length: 325 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.1 mm
Blade Height: 42.1 mm