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Masno is a small Japanese family smithy / company. Their customers have been only Japanese so far. These cook's knives from Mr. Masano belong to best knives made in traditional way available in Japan. The knife blades are of three-layer-steel and not stainless. The middle layer is of premium Japanese Stahl Shirogami 01 and the outer layers are of a little softer carbon steel. These knives are as usually not stainless.
The knife clamp is of real horn. As traditionally - one side of the blade is ground straightly, the other obliquely. This grinding enables very precise cutting.
In the case of hand-forged blades, our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it by hand on the anvil or under the drop hammer. The steel gets more solid (denser) by forging. In the case of industrially rolled spring steel blades, the sheets of steel plate is cut to strips under drop snips, then ground or milled and immediately forged into the annealing furnace and oil-quenched. The properties of both kinds of steels are not very different, since industrial rolling is already very good! On forged blades are usually blacksmith marks, which give them an authentic and unique look.