The Masamoto KK Series is Masamoto’s most affordable range of hand-made Japanese traditional-style Kasumi knives, however, they maintain the high standards of craftsmanship, product quality and cutting performance that Masamoto are famous for.
Masamoto KK Series Knife uses a blade core of Hitachi White Steel No.2 (Shiro-ko #2; HRc. 62-63), which is forge-welded with soft iron. White Steel No.2 is very pure and is capable of achieving a high hardness level without being overly brittle, therefore it can be used to create very sharp edges with good edge retention, which are still easy to sharpen.
This knife is fitted with a traditional Japanese ‘D-shaped’ magnolia wood handle with a water buffalo horn ferrule / collar. This knife also includes a matching magnolia wood Saya (Sheath) for safekeeping.
The Usuba is ideal for cutting vegetables and fruits which are served raw, because the thin and sharp blade produces cut surfaces with very little cell damage, and this minimizes the discoloration and change in flavor often caused by oxidation. The versatile middle section of the blade can be used for thinly slicing vegetables and also for performing the specialized Katsuramuki ("Rotary peeling”) technique.
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 KK Series Usuba
Blade Material: White Steel No.2
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Single Bevel Edge
Handle Material: D Shaped Magnolia Wooden Handle with Water Buffalo Horn Ferrule
Saya Included: Yes.
Usuba 165mm ( 6.4")
Total Length: 310mm
Blade Thickness: 3.9mm
Blade Width: 44mm
Total Weight: 190g
Usuba 180mm (7")
Total Length: 325mm
Blade Thickness: 4mm
Blade Width: 44mm
Total Weight: 200g
Usuba 195mm (7.6")
Total Length: 340mm
Blade Thickness: 4mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Total Weight: 230g
Usuba 210mm (8.2")
Total Length: 360mm
Blade Thickness: 4.2mm
Blade Width: 50mm
Total Weight: 260g
Usuba 225mm (8.8")
Total Length: 380mm
Blade Thickness: 4.3mm
Blade Width: 53mm
Total Weight: 312g
Japanese Traditional Style “Wa-Bocho” knives generally come with Single bevel edge for right-handed use (the opposite side of blade is ground flat with slightly concaved shape). The reverse grinding left-handed version is also available at 50% extra of regular price. (Sorry for much extra! Due to a small demand for the left-handed version in Japan, it is costly to run a special small production from the beginning step and production is very very limited.)
If the left-handed version knife is being out of stock in Masamoto inventory, it often requires very long delivery time. Please contact us first for the availability at email.
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.
Overall solid single bevel knife, but it's pretty pricy even for the quality.
This knife can bring me to another level... Cutting veg at the finest, specially to make katsuramuki it become much easier. And the customer service always at the top level, it was a second knife order for me with this site. Will order more to make a collection of Masamoto brand. Thank you very much JCK, arigatou gozaimasu, all the best..
I love this knife! Very well made and holds an edge wonderfully. Easy to keep sharp and to sharpen. Balanced perfectly and feels great in my hand.
I am very satisfied with JCK's service. My knife came very fast as always. > > Since I bought my Masamoto KK Series Kasumi White Steel No.2 Usuba 165mm > > The greatest and most well handling knife.I have ever touched, it is suitable to cut any kind of vegetable. quite nice to cut spring onion by using this single-blade knife,, > > you are and will be the first place I go to when looking for knives.
My fist use was little strange, because i haven't much experience in single bevel edge knives. But more that i use this beauty, that i like this heavy blade gliding just with the weight from itself into the vegetables. The rounded tip helps for gently rocking rolling chop or drag cuts. It's a must have.