The KS Series is Masamoto’s range of high-grade Shiro-ko #2 (White Steel No.2) Japanese traditional-style knife. Masamoto KS Series Wa Gyuto is completely hand sharpened, polished and finished by especially skilled and experienced craftsmen, which results in extra edge sharpness and a more refined level of finish.
Masamoto KS Series knife uses Hitachi White Steel No.2 (HRc. 62-63). White Steel No.2 is very pure and is capable of achieving a high hardness level without being overly brittle, so it can be used to create very sharp edges with good edge retention that are also easy to sharpen. It is perfect for professional users who like to keep their knives extra sharp.
Each knife is fitted with a traditional Japanese ‘D-shaped’ magnolia wood handle with a water buffalo horn ferrule / collar and also includes a matching magnolia wood Saya (Sheath) for safekeeping.
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It can be used with a variety of different cutting techniques to achieve a wide range of kitchen tasks and is suitable for cutting the vast majority of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. The Gyuto is true multi-purpose 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 KS Series Wa Gyuto
Blade Material: White Steel No.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: Yes.
| Wa Gyuto 210mm (8.2")|
Cutting edge length: 220mm
Total Length: 370mm
Blade Thickness: 2.6mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 132mm
Total Weight: 135g
| Wa Gyuto 240mm (9.4")|
Cutting edge length: 255mm
Total Length: 405mm
Blade Thickness: 2.8mm
Blade Width: 49mm
Handle Length: 138mm
Total Weight: 176g
| Wa Gyuto 270mm (10.6")|
Cutting edge length: 285mm
Total Length: 440mm
Blade Thickness: 3mm
Blade Width: 53mm
Handle Length: 142mm
Total Weight: 206g
| Wa Gyuto 300mm (11.8")|
Total Length: 480mm
Blade Thickness: 3mm
Blade Width: 56mm
Total Weight: 240g
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 itssharp 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 cares and attentions to prevent rust.
This was an emotional purchase for me. Growing up, my father had a carbon Sabatier and I loved the profile. But I never got one because I always wanted a lighter knife. I have a selection of Japanese knives so I am very spoiled. However over time I kept returning to the Sabatier profile and I think I have filled that gap. When I received it I was so impressed by the beautiful marble buffalo horn ferrule. I knew there were possible issues with fit and finish, the price is on the higher end for a relatively simple piece and so on. Yes there are a few small dents on the handle, the glue is not quite perfect, it will patina and the out of the box sharpness is not as great as could be achieved, The edge won't last as long as particulate metal knives etc. But - there is a real beauty in the simplicity of this piece. It is stunning to look at. It has character. It is light and balanced, and most importantly, it will be bring me joy for a long time to come.
The best knife I’ve used. Lovely pick up nice and light. Feels great in the hand. Very sharp. Great for fine jobs like chives
Very good knife. Excellent quality and workmanship. Very sharp cutting edge. I like the carbon steel edge. Knife requires respect and extra care as any quality product demands. If you’re looking for a knife, go to Walmart. If you’re looking for a quality instrument, you’ll not be disappointed.
Super high quality, super sharp knife. Delivery was fast, and packaging very adequate.
Great knife super sharp and stays sharp longer. Easy to use light and handle fit my hand just right.