The Masakage Kumo line of kitchen knives is constructed with a core steel of VG-10. This is a very popular stainless steel which has great edge taking and holding characteristics. The name is derived from the Japanese V-Kin 10 branding. Kin is Gold in Japanese and thus you get VG-10.
VG-10 is a stainless steel with a particularly high carbon content of 1%. It also contains 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.
Anryu-San of Masakage clads 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.
Santoku knives are gaining popularity in the west as a replacement or alternative to a chef knife. It has a tall blade that has a distinctive sheep foot front end. This design draws the spine of the blade down towards the tip resulting in a flatter profile than a chef or gyuto type knife possesses. This makes it a really good choice for those who like to push cut rather than using a rocking motion.
Edge bevel is 50/50, so the Masakage Kumo santoku is suitable for a right- or left-handed user. The handle is octagonal rosewood with a pakka wood ferrule.
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