Created back in 2007, Masakage was an effort by Takayuki Shibata – maybe the best knife sharpener in Japan – to cooperate and showcase the talent and skills of some of the best Master blacksmiths of Takefu Village like Anryu, Kato, Kurosaki and others.

Handcrafted by Yu Kurosaki – one of the most famous blacksmiths in the world today – and being sharpened by Shibata-Son himself. Shimo line is made with White-2 (Shirogami-2) with an iron clad. Features an amazing Damascus pattern that reminds of frost on a window (Shimo translates to frost). Tradiitonal Wa Magnolia handle adds to the beauty of this series.

Meaning “Beef knife” in Japanese, the Gyuto is the most common and basic of all knives, the Japanese version of the classic western Chef’s knife. It is used as a multi-purpose knife, suitable for meat, fish, vegetables and more. Can be used with almost all different cutting techniques. The 210mm size is the most common, used both by professional and home cooks.

Brand / Blacksmith: Masakage  / Yu Kurosaki
Series: Shimo
Knife type: Gyuto 210mm
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 215/355
Grind: 50/50
Finish: Damascus
Steel type: Shirogami-2 (White-2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 61-63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Magnolia / Black Pakka
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 2,3/0,3
Blade height at heel (mm): 47
Weight (gr): 149