Masutani VG10 Nakiri with blue wood handle. Masutani is one of our favorite lines of good value knives. We get particularly excited about knives that break the price performance barriers and provide a high level of quality.
The Masutani is constructed with a core of VG10 stainless steel. VG10 is a high carbon, stainless steel manufactured by Takefu Special Steel Company. It's fully stainless and holds an edge well for cutting food. Masutani covers the core in a san-mai style of cladding using a softer stainless steel which receives a very attractive hammered finish. The knife is ground with a deep blade path which exposes the VG10 steel at the edge resulting in a nice hamon-like appearance.
The knife has a yo-style Western handle made from blue dyed maple wood and features a stainless bolster, both of which add to the great looks of the blade. We are stunned by the quality and performance of this budget-priced knife. It might need a touch on your favorite stone before realizing its full potential, but after that it will perform as well as many blades costing twice the amount. This is a perfect choice for a beginner looking to sample an easy to maintain Japanese knife. It would also make a wonderful gift for a student chef or home cook.