Masutani Hamono is a well known fourth generation blacksmith. Furthermore, he is brother of the owner of Ryusen Hamono. Kunio Masutani , 増谷 訓生, is a small knife maker located in Echizen, (the “Knife City” of Japan). Kunio Masutani has more than 30 years of knife-making experience. Mr. Masutani’s philosophy is to make affordable and practical kitchen knives intended to be used in everyday households. His attention to detail of the cutting performance & ease of maintenance as well as the aesthetic quality are unmatched.
This Santoku is crafted from a VG-10 stainless steel core, clad in an SUS405 stainless steel Damascus. The thin blade allows for precise & smooth cuts. The half tang Pakkawood western-style handle is comfortable with an approachable price. A Santoku knife rivals the Gyuto in its functionality and multipurpose ability with its slight curve in the blade profile. Literally translated to three virtues, a Santoku performs at a high-level for meat fish and vegetables. It's profile exhibits a shorter and thinner blade which makes it user-friendly and versatile.