The Yuki line of knives from Masakage have a look that sets them apart from many other Japanese knives. It's the combination of the nashiji blade finish and that unique magnolia and red pakka wood handle. But the looks are secondary to the performance of these blades, made by renowned blacksmith Yoshimi Kato. Kato-san is the son of famed blade maker Hiroshi Kato, who helped found the Takefu Knife Village cooperative, one of the most famous blade making areas in Japan.
The Yuki line is constructed using Hitachi White Paper #2 steel. This popular alloy is well regarded for its ability to take a very fine edge. The core steel is then clad with a softer stainless steel to protect and strengthen the blade. It is then given a great looking pear skin, AKA nashiji, finish.
The Yuki Ko Bunka is a great all-around performer. It's like a cross between a tall petty, a short nakiri, and a baby santoku, but with that characteristic reverse tanto tip. These attributes add up to a knife with multiple personalities and abilities: herb chopper, garnish prep, veggie slicer, and boning knife. It really can do it all. It's easy to maintain (just keep it dry) and fun to use. And with its original looks, what's not to like about this little beauty!
Bought this knife for smaller detail work. Exactly what I was looking for.I Trust the quick look videos, have purchased 2 knives so far and these videos were very helpful in making my decisions. I watched quite a few to get familiar with the reviewer, could soon tell when he was impressed. Recommend the finish sharpening with every purchase unless you have mastered water stone sharpening. I chose to sand handle and treat with danish oil as it is not stabilised. I was aware of this from watching other Yuki videos. Already a repeat customer!
I've only had it for 2 days now, but all I can say is wow. This is the cleanest cutting knife I've ever used. The patina that has started to show up slightly is beautiful with some blue and a yellow/gold color. I would buy this knife again in a heartbeat. And will start to build my collection form this brand alone.
Overall I think the quality of the knife is very good! I have big hands so not the best fit for me. That being said, the knife was easy to sharpen and cuts very clean, with no drag or catching. Would be an excellent knife for someone with small hands!
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