Master Masui chose and established the brand name “SHIKI” 四季 (“Four Seasons”) because his goal was to make a collection of
hand-made knives that were just as beautiful as the four seasons of Japan.
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter; each season is beautiful and has its own
distinct natural wonders, sights, sounds, smells, tastes, traditions and
Here, we would like to introduce you to the SHIKISAI （色彩） series of knives, which expresses
the core concept behind Master Masui’s “Shiki” brand: the beauty of the four
seasons of Japan.
has a mirror-polished VG-10 Damascus stainless steel blade (HRc. 60-61) and a hand-contoured black pakkawood handle, which has fine stripes that
are red, green, or golden-brown in colour.
Master Masui discovered that this unusual type of pakkawood (A
resin-impregnated wood laminate that is very stable and water-resistant) develops very striking colored stripes during
the hand contouring process that nicely compliment the patterned Damascus blade.
He confidently decided that, in addition to using this handle material for his
“SHIKI Damascus Limited Edition Series” knives, he would also use it for his regular
“SHIKI VG-10 Series” knives.
You now have a selection of 4 different handle materials and a wide variety
of unusual colors to choose from! According to Master Masui’s original
Pakkawood Handle Scales with Green Stripes” is symbolic of the light green
leaves and mountains of Spring.
Orange Corian® Handle Scales” is symbolic of the bright Summer Sun and active
Pakkawood Handle Scales with Red Stripes” is symbolic of the red-colored
leaves and mountains of Autumn.
Finally, the “Black
Pakkawood Handle Scales with Golden-Brown Stripes” is symbolic of the
stillness and quietness of Winter.
Although Master Masui makes kitchen knives that function very well, he wants
his SHIKI knives to express something more: His artistic vision and love for
the four seasons. We think that these beautiful and exciting SHIKISAI Damascus
knives successfully express Mr Masui’s original concept for the SHIKI brand.