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The KA Series is Masamoto’s range of high-grade Ao-ko #2 (Blue Steel No.2) Japanese traditional-style knives. KA Series Kurouchi Wa Santoku is completely hand sharpened by especially skilled and experienced craftsmen, which results in extra edge sharpness and a more refined level of finish.
Masamoto KA Series knife uses a blade core of Hitachi Blue Steel No.2 (HRc. 62-63), which is forge-welded and sandwiched with soft iron. Blue No.2 steel is made by adding Chromium (0.2-0.5 %) and Tungsten / Wolfram (1.0-1.5 %) to a base of White steel No.2. This results in steel that has comparable edge sharpness to White steel No.2, but improved strength, toughness and edge retention, so it is a good choice for users who need a sharp knife throughout their working day. However, it can take a little longer to sharpen than White Steel No.2 blade.
Masamoto KA Series knife is fitted with a traditional Japanese ‘D-shaped’ magnolia wood handle with a water buffalo horn ferrule / collar.
The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
Notice about White and Marble Colored Water Buffalo Horn Ferrules for Masamoto Knives:
For several years, Masamoto and most other Japanese knife makers have unfortunately been struggling to source Wa handles with White or Marble colored Water Buffalo Horn Ferrules, which are becoming very scarce.
Under these difficult circumstances, both we and Masamoto have done our best to satisfy customers who have requested knives with White Ferrules or Marble colored Ferrules. However, to cover increased costs, Masamoto will now require an extra US$13 when you request a knife with either a White or a Marble colored Ferrule. Please note that even if you request a Marble colored Ferrule, there is still a possibility that Masamoto will only be able to supply your knife with a White Ferrule. Similarly, even if you request a White Ferrule, Masamoto might only be able to supply your knife with a Marble colored Ferrule.
Although White and Marble colored Ferrules have an appealing, distinctive appearance, we actually recommend the simple, stylish solid Black Horn Ferrules because many years of expert experience (Including numerous Wa Handle Craftsmen, professional Japanese Food Chefs and Experienced Knife Users) suggests that Black Horn Ferrules are stronger and more durable than White or Marble colored Horn Ferrules.
If you order a Masamoto knife with a White or Marble colored Horn Ferrule and Masamoto cannot fulfil your request, we will inform you by Email and ask if you are willing to accept a Black colored Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule instead. We apologize for this inconvenience, however, no matter the color of the ferrule, we are confident that you will enjoy your Masamoto knife.
Knife Model: Masamoto KA Series Wa Santoku Kurouchi
Blade Material: Aogami #2 (Blue Steel #2)
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: D Shaped Magnolia Wooden Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: No.
| Wa Santoku 170mm (6.6")|
Cutting edge length: 170mm
Total Length: 310mm
Blade Thickness: 3.5mm
Blade Width: 46mm
Handle Length: 130mm
Total Weight: 157g
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and their sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.
Great blade. Need more handle options. Service is always outstanding.
I've had the knife for a couple of weeks. First impressions were really good. The packaging was excellent and the knife looked great. After two weeks, however, I'm finding it's not quite living up to expectations. I have been exceptionally careful with it and made sure to hand wash and oil the blade after each use. It's still is discoloured from rust but I don't mind that so much. I expected such a steel blade to have some discolouration. Sharpness out of the box was incredible. I've used some sharp knives in my life but this was exceptionally sharp. Two weeks on, it's not so sharp and I haven't used it more than 10 x for vegetables. It feels like it needs a lick of sharpening to bring it back to a good sharpness. I expected it to hold its edge just a little better. Grip - For this price the sharp edges between the tang and blade could have been removed. I'll get my die grinder out and do it but really guys, it could do with more attention to detail. Overall - happy with the knife but I probably wouldn't buy another one like it in the same range.
What an excellent knife. It does it’s job effortlessly and incredibly well. Highly recommend these quality knives to people I know. Thanks for making functional art. Cheers!
This knife if well balaced and very sharp. Ready for my day to day cutting needs.
Really pleased! It’s very sharp out of the box and the finish is great!