It has been over 7 years, since we started making the unique custom hand
made, SHIKI Brand kitchen knives with Mr. Hiroaki Masui (President of Hiro
Now wide selections of unique SHIKI knife collections are available with
Mr. Masui’s innovative idea, design, and passion.
I personally have enjoyed working with Mr. Masui. Mr. Masui (Hiro company) has been originally
the maker of outdoor folding knives and hunting knives. Therefore it was a big
challenge for him to enter into the kitchen knife market and there were many
hurdles which he had to overcome for producing high quality kitchen knives in
I was impressed with Mr. Masui’s challenging spirit and aggressive
attitude for learning new techniques and knowledge from the experienced kitchen
knife craftsmen and the restaurant chefs, and also his passion for producing
something more unique&better knives which are not existing in the market.
This time, Mr. Masui came up with beautiful Cladding blade knife with the
concept of Japanese Sword
The blade features finely hand brushed satin
hair-line finish that makes graceful look with Hamon-like wavy clad line. This
is the time-consuming hand processes of polishing the entire blade to a highly
mirror first and then brushing the blade evenly (semi-mirror polished). Mr. Masui is experts of mirror polishing
process, also his skills for custom handle making are outstanding. He has
decided to add the hand brushed Hair-line finish over the mirror polished
blade, because he thought the blade’s wavy cladding layer can appear more
impressive just like the traditional Katana blade with Hamon, and the result
was a perfect matching with simple and elegant overall looks.
Indeed, these beautiful VG-10 Cladding blade knives are completely
different from existing other cladding blade knives. Sturdy and extra strength
of Hand rounded Black Linen Micarta Handle makes secured grip. Red color fiber
spacer and decorative Mosaic pin are nice accent and matching for Mr. Masui’s
design concept “Japanese Sword Katana”.
VG-10 core sandwiched with 420J2 stainless steel HRC60 to 61.
Ellegant&Modern design of SHIKI KATANA Series (Clad) is now being
available with total 6 kinds of blades for serious home chefs to professional
chefs who demand stylish and excellent hand made knives.