New old stock extra tall Komakiri style stainless steel 240mm gyuto from Masakane. Thin light springy hand ground blades sharpen super easily and cut very well. Composite wood handles have exposed tang along the spine of tang and are smooth inside where the fingers wrap around.
These are from their later industrial production in Seki from around the 1990’s and were a less expensive non-bolstered model made for the food service industry.
*Please note, these are old knives, small rust spots or imperfections in the handles are possible and are not considered defects for return*
I have been hoarding whatever used vintage ones that come my way every blue moon. They were THE maker synonymous with gyuto for many many years. When researching gyuto history for our book Sharp Ashi-san had some interesting bits of information on Masakane, he got to visit their old factory in Gondazaka (after the Yokohama factory that older ones are marked with) when he was beginning his work in the 1960’s.
The Masakane knives share a lineage to the work of the first Japanese blacksmiths to travel to the west to learn Western knife making techniques for gyuto making during the Meiji era.
These Masakane represent the tail end of the most important gyuto maker of the mid 20th century.