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Masakage Yuki 120mm Petty Stainless Clad White Steel

Masakage Yuki 120mm petty stainless clad white steel is made in Takefu Japan by Hiroshi Kato, the Masakage Yuki series is a stainless clad #2 white steel with a round Japanese magnolia handle. Yuki is the Japanese word for snow which refers to the texture of the stainless after it has had the scale removed from the forge, this texture is sometimes also called nashiji, or pear.  Hiroshi Kato began making knives in 1959 and is a third generation knifemaker.

Petty knives can fall into several general camps depending on their geometry, narrow ones as small slicers wider ones as small santoku/gyuto which can be used for chopping. Great for cutting smaller items which would be otherwise cut with the tip end of a chef knife, the shorter blade makes for easier precise cutting of small items.

 White steel is a high grade carbon steel loved for it’s fine grain and ability to take a very fine razor sharp edge and to hone easily. Named for the color of the tag put on the billets at the Hitachi steel mill. White steel is a low contaminate steel (sulphur and phosphorus being the main ones) which is a favorite of sushi chefs for knives in which a very fine finish is essential. Not the easiest steel to forge and temper properly, white steel done well is a testimony to a smith’s skill. The core is hardened to HRC 63 and has both a nice edge life and easy sharpenability, the stainless cladding makes for easier use.

Price : $140.00

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