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Masamoto Korin Shiro #1 Hongasumi Mirror Finish Takobiki
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Masamoto Korin Shiro #1 Hongasumi Mirror Finish Takobiki
Item #: HMA-KZTA
Size: 12.9" (33cm)

Specifications

Style

Takobiki

Steel Type

Shiro-ichiko
(White steel #1)

Classification

Hongasumi with Mirror Finish

Saya Cover

Authentic Korin & Masamoto Collaboration Wooden Cover Included

Blade

Single Edge

Blade Length

12.9" (330mm)

Handle Material

Magnolia Wood and Bubinga or Pink Ivory Wood

Bolster Material

Water Buffalo
(Bolsters are made from natural horn therefore colors may vary)

*HRc

63

* Hardness Rockwell C scale

For Left-Handed Customer

  • Left-handed blades must be special ordered from Japan, and will cost 50% more than the right-handed blades. Due to how each traditional Japanese knife is handmade by right handed craftsmen, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to forge and deliver.

Did you know?

  • Korin offers their customers a free maintenance service for all traditional Japanese knives!

  • The initial blade serves as a sharpening guide in the future. Free initial sharpening and uraoshi sharpening is available with every purchase. Please be aware that sharpened knives are not eligible for returns.

Forging the Bond We are honored and excited to announce Masamoto’s first ever knife collaboration with Korin. These knives are expertly forged and crafted by the very best blacksmiths and edge crafters in Japan and are 100% hand-made.

The Blade: Forged from Shiro-ichi, one of the most difficult types of steel to work with, this steel is very close to a tamahagane, which is used for traditional samurai sword forging. The resulting blade has superior edge retention and a fluid cutting feel. The Japanese characters, written on the saya cover (Rensikouhamikakusho), allude to the knife having not only superior edge retention, but also creating beautiful cuisine and enhancing the flavor of the food on the plate. To ensure perfection, each blade is hand inspected.

The Handle: The magnolia, octagonal handle is fitted with water buffalo horn on the bolster and butt cap to ensure a comfortable feel in the hand. The two dark wooden bands are crafted from Bubinga wood, an African hardwood. Bubinga is regarded as a wood imbued with spirituality and is used in Japan to make wadaiko drums and other instruments used in Shinto ceremonies and festivals.

Kizuna: The red kanji stamp on the blade of the knife, kizuna, is the Japanese word for ‘bond’ or ‘connection’. The goal of the craftsmen who make these knives is to truly forge a bond between themselves and the chefs who use these knives. We hope that you feel this kizuna when you use these truly special knives from Masamoto.

Available exclusively from Korin.

General knife care tips and warnings

  • Carbons knives are not stain resistant. Rust and discoloration will occur after cutting acidic ingredients or if left wet.
  • Please wipe knives dry after use to prevent rusting. Korin recommends wiping carbon knives with tsubaki oil to keep moisture off the knife.
  • Traditional Japanese knives have significantly thinner and more delicate blades than Western knives. The use of honing steels or sharpening machines will result in chipping.
  • Please do not attempt to cut through bones with traditional Japanese knives, unless it is a butchering knife.
  • Traditional Japanese knives could slightly bend, due to the heat tempering of the two different carbon quality steel in the blade. Korin offers customers a free service to prepare the knife before use.
  • We advise all customers to have a skilled sharpener put the initial blade on knives, due to how the initial blade serves as a sharpening guide in the future. Korin offers a complimentary initial sharpening and uraoshi sharpening with every purchase.
  • It is important to always flatten sharpening stones with a stone fixer to avoid knives from warping shapes.
  • Please always use sharpening stones to sharpen traditional Japanese knives.  

For more information different types of stones, please check our pages on or sharpening tips

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Caution

Korin will not accept returns on damaged knives, please be cautious when inspecting carbon knives with wet hands. In the event you receive a rusted knife, please call customer service within 48 hours of arrival, and we will be happy to assist you.

注意

  • 鋼は錆び易いため、使用後は必ず布等で拭いて下さい。
  • 酸性の物を切った際には、変色する場合がございます。

请注意

  • 纯钢刀不防锈。请保持刀身干净,干燥以防止生锈。
  • 酸性的食材会导致纯钢变色。

Precaución

  • Los cuchillos de carbón son propensos a oxidarse. A modo de evitar dicho comportamiento, se recomienda limpiar la superficie con un trapo limpio y seco después de cada uso.
  • Cortar ingredientes ácidos puede generar la decoloración del cuchillo, pero ello no significa que la calidad de la cuchilla se vea afectada.



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