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Masazumi Hammered Steel Kitchen Knives

Masazumi Hammered Steel Kitchen Knives

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Thats not hammered... thats a punch, some poor person has to stand at a work bench and dent a sharper knife than he has at home so that whomever buys these can see fake craftsmanship. Well done consumer class.
Producing a proper hammered surface is an art that takes many years to master. See this write-up on tsuiki in a completely different context: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-casio-g-shock-hammer-tone-mrg-g10000hg-9a-in-gold-celebrating-20-years-of-mr-g

Unfortunately these knives look like they are the recipient of random hammering and end up looking pretty artless.
I bought this knife last time and I'm pretty sure it is more expensive this time around?
MonkeyBoy54321

Last time round maybe they were $39.99 and $49.99
Might have been mentioned, but not damascus, real or fake. Laminate steel, one steel on each side with a different steel in the core and it's edge so they are not folded together.
Also the line near the edge would be from differential hardening using clay to make a very hard edge and softer spine. Not sure if this is actually differentially heat treated or not though.
I have a number of Shun knives like this, and was looking for a smaller knife and I saw this drop and figured for the price even if it was only OK it would still be better than the crap you can get locally. The blade itself is on par with my Shuns after a few weeks of use. I am not a fan of the aesthetics of the hammered Damascus part, looks cheap and crappy compared to my Shuns.

For the price - would I buy it again. Yes.
If I wanted something to go with my Shuns, it'd buy a Shun.
The description mentions v gold only and any attempts to refine a search seem to come up empty ....however this is a light Damascus fold .....there are not more than 30 layers....this seems to be a softer nickel 10 ply outer shell with a ........V GOLD Center.....v gold center to me means VG-10.........Takefu manufactures the blanks for ....many Japanese artisans some of the biggest names around>>>>>>>

http://www.e-tokko.com/eng_original_list.htm


VG-10

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;Not to be confused with VG-1(steel).VG-10 is a cutlery grade stainless steel produced in Japan. The name stands for V Gold 10 ("gold" meaning quality), or sometimes V-Kin-10 (V金10号) (kin means "gold" in Japanese). It is a stainless steel with a high carbon content containing 1% Carbon, 15% Chromium, 1% Molybdenum, 0.2% Vanadium, 1.5% Cobalt, and 0.5% Manganese.[1]The VG-10 stainless steel was originally designed by Takefu Special Steel Co. Ltd.,[2] based in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture, Japan (the former cutlery/sword-making center of Echizen). Takefu also made another version: VG10W, which contains 0.4% tungsten.[citation needed] Almost all VG-10 steel knife blades were manufactured in Japan. More recently, Kizer Cutlery, in China, has been making their prolific 'lower cost' knives ($50 - $125) with VG-10 blade steel.VG-10 was originally aimed at Japanese chefs, but also found its way into sports cutlery. Spyderco has also produced some of its most popular models from VG-10[3] and Fällkniven uses laminated VG-10 in many of their knives.[4]

VG-1 (steel)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;VG-1 (also known as V Gold 1 steel) is a high Carbon (C) Molybdenum (Mo) stainless steel manufactured by Takefu Special Steel Co.,Ltd.[1] It is not the same steel as VG-10.VG-1 has a Carbon (C) content between 0.95-1.05 %, Chromium (Cr) content between 13.0-15.0 %, Molybdenum (Mo) content between 0.2-0.4 % and contains less than 0.25 % of Nickel (Ni).[2] During forging, Mo and Cr form hard double carbide bonds, which help improve the abrasion and corrosion resistance of the steel.[3] It is usually heat treated to reach hardness of 58-61[4]Knife retailer Cold Steel markets a variety of knives that use VG-1.[5] Cold Steel claims that VG-1 has better sharpness, edge retention, point strength, shock and strength characteristics than 440C, VG-10, or ATS 34 stainless steels, though any of those alloys may be better than VG-1 in individual categories.[6] There have been reports that VG-1 might be more chipping prone than other comparable stainless steels, but these reports have been disputed.[7]VG-1 is also used in hairdresser's scissors, kitchen knives and blades for food-processing machines.
citizen23
Very often, when you see "V Gold" it's actually VG-5 or a derivative. But who knows with this one.

How many folds there are in the damascus cladding really doesn't matter, unless it runs the aesthetic for you.
Please send to Europe !! I want it...
Hey I own this knife now. Let me tell you what I think about it.
I own the petty knife since I needed a smaller knife for slicing through chicken and stuff. I saw this and bought it. There was no premeditation so I can't say I made the best choice for the price but I like the knife.
Steel
Ok so this is sandwiched steel and I didn't really know what to expect. It was my first kind of this type of steel. When I first got it I did the tap test where you tap the knife to hear if there is a ding. It usually says the amount of chromium in the knife. Most good knives have at least a small ding because all stainless steel has this. I tapped the petty knife and there was no ding. This made me worry of course. So next I ran the knife on a strop to see how sharp it would get. It got insanely sharp. Arm shaving sharp and could even cut hair if you hit it with a knife. I felt better about the steel after that. I've used the knife for a little less than a month with moderate use (3-4 times a week) and it's still sharp.
Build quality
This knife is light. Like really light. I thought my knife was missing from the box that's how light it was. I would say this knife is more handle heavy than blade heavy, it sure isn't balanced and I would be surprised if it was for such a small knife. The handle is well built and of a decent size. The hammered parts look weird, like they used a machine with too small of a head. You only notice it if you look at the knife for along time though. The clay pattern on it was pretty good in comparison though. I like it.
Final thoughts
It's a unique razor sharp knife that I got for like 40 dollars. I would buy it again for someone else. It has good edge retention and looks nice.
Quick review upon receiving the Santaku version of the knife:

This is a two piece blade. The cutting portion seems to run full tang through the wood handle. The hammered portion is a softer stainless. The wood handle is comfortable and the knife shouldn't be machine washed (obviously). It came very sharp from the factory.

The hammered finish is a lot lower quality than the hammered finish on my Shun, in that they've either used a press with a half inch circular tip or a similar hammer, where the Shun has the appearance of being beaten into softer divots, rather than hard circular cuts. It's still quite aesthetically pleasing, and the damascus finish on the edge is a nice touch too.

The part of the handle that is pinched in a typical pinch grip is a bit on the sharp and rough side, which is a bit annoying, but not a terrible thing.

The knife cuts excellently and I'm very happy with the purchase, especially for the price that was paid. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get into a few nicer knives than the cheaper ones that came in their block. A very good value for the Massdrop price.
Ugh, hate FedEx shipping. Everytime j have items delivered by them it gets delayed. The knife was supposed to come in today, but got delayed till Friday :(
Are these single-sided or double beveled?
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Cool thanks. I'm a lefty.
stevejf
Hope you don't end up wanting single bevel then! They almost universally come with a 20% price increase for left handed versions.
For anyone wondering, as I had to look it up.... V-Gold is either VG-10 or VG-1 steel.
Both are great blade steels, with VG-1 being slightly harder.
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Ah, I had them the wrong way around.
JamesAsh
Price seems to be too good to be VG-10, I guess by saying "V Gold stainless steel" it's either VG-1 or VG-5 then.
yep same problem as others - says option of petty & santoku - when you go in to order its santoku or chef.. can you please clarify?
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Thanks fried shoe I know that.. but when you go to order the petty is not listed. .. my concern is if you order the santuko you will receive the petty :/
cookedgoose
Nah, they've just labeled a chef's knife as a petty knife on description page. You either get a chefs knife or a santoku, there is no petty knife.