Masutani San was born in 1944, he lives and works in Echizen Japan. At the age of 15 he began studying with his father and at the age of 30 he opened his own smithy in the Takefu knife village (Echizen). The blades he produces offer a very high quality in relation to their favorable price.
The Masutani knives are made of VG-1 steel. VG1 steel is Japanese stainless steel but is not as stainless as, for example, VG-10. However, the steel is easier to grind yourself. Components: carbon 0.95 - 1.05%, chromium 13 - 15%, molybdenum 0.2 - 0.4%, nickel <0.25%. The steel is manufactured at the Takefu Factory in Japan. The steel can be cured in the production process to a level of 59-61 HRC, allowing the blade to be sharpened to exceptional sharpness.
Masutani san is also praised for its grinding technique, these knives are therefore razor sharp out of the box and do not need to be re-sharpened. The VG-1 steel is forged on the 'Sanmai' technique between 2 layers of softer steel, which protect the blade against possible damage and oxidation.The handle is made of red Pakka wood (stabilized hold). The Nakago (sting) is secured to about half in the handle with 2 stainless steel pins. The sting is not visible at the bottom so you do not feel it when you hold the knife. Between the handle and the blade is a stainless steel bolster.