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Best Made X Masanobu Knives

When Peter Buchanan-Smith started the Best Made Company®, his claim to fame was a classic American icon - the felling axe. Over the years, Best Made Co. has brought the "old school cool" back to market, emphasizing quality over quantity, and timeless pieces that can be passed on to the next generation. The latest addition to Best Made Co.'s range of knives, are three kitchen companions from the famed Japanese knife maker, Masanobu.

The three knives are the Paring, Petty, and of course, the Santoku. If you're looking for high end Japanese kitchen knives, check out these three staples from Best Made Co. From axes to kitchen knives, it just goes to show, fusion transcends food.


From Best Made Co.

  • VG-10 Cobalt Stain Resistant Steel
  • Double-Edged (90/10)
  • Blade Length: 7"
  • Pressed wood with nickel silver bolsters
  • HRc: 59-60

At the crux of this exceedingly sharp and hardwearing knife lies the VG-10: an exquisite steel of Japanese origin and invention, a corrosion and stain resistant composite of iron, carbon, manganese, molybdendum, cobalt, chromium and vanadium. It has a sublimely thin blade, a traditional octagonal wooden handle, and superb balance to insure that cuts will be dispatched precisely.

Our Masanobu VG-10 series come to us from the city of Seki: since the 13th century home to most of Japan's legendary knife makers. Japan's most advanced knife-making techniques go into this blade, all the while it embraces classic traits that have typified Japanese kitchen knives for centuries. As rare as they are, it will come as no surprise that the Masanobu VG-10 knives can most often be found in the hands of the world's most elite chefs. 

Paring: At 4.25 inches, the Paring Knife has a slim profile that embraces dexterous movements, allowing for scrupulous kitchen execution.

Petty: The Petty Knife offers 5.9 inches of precise utility in the kitchen. It's multipurpose length allows the knife to easily accommodate decisive situations - such as peeling, chopping, or cutting. 

Santoku: Warranting its name "Santoku, or three virtues," this knife boldly handles meat, fish & vegetables.

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