A great sized knife for those jobs where a Chef's knife is just too big, the handle is a good length and fits comfy in the hand. A joy to use.

Everything about this little knife is a joy. The shape and size of the blade, the wonderful handle which is in scale to the rest of it and the cutting performance of course. All in all it's a lovely little package that performs as well as it looks.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.

5 / 5Overall performance

The VG10 steel core that makes up the cutting edge of this knife is heat treated by only the best metalsmiths at Masakage. Their experience means that these knives are made of the best material they can be. Clad in stainless steel to protect the core from corrosion this range offer the best of both worlds. The sharpness of this blade has to be sampled to be believed and it will retain that edge for what seems an age, again thanks to that super hard VG10 core. Amazing performance to go with those amazing looks. Bliss.

5 / 5Beauty

Just look at them, look! Each knife is an individually manufactured unique work of art. The stainless steel cladding is layered multiple times (to create an effect called Damascus steel) around the VG10 core which when ground to taper the blade to make the edge, reveals the many layers to create the cloud like effect you see here. The dark rosewood handles are capped off with a pakka wood bolster and both have an octangular shape. These knives are certainly eye catching and will lift any kitchen which is honoured with their presence.

5 / 5Durability

The VG10 core will keep this knife very sharp, the stainless cladding will keep it from rusting, the handle is firmly attached to the blade (using century old, tried and tested methods). This knife is going to last a long time. Like most of our knives, treat it with respect and care and it will repay you with many years service.

5 / 5Ease of care

Use, wipe, dry and store. Our golden mantra on knife care is all you really need to follow. Using a ceramic sharpening rod every few weeks to keep that edge super keen and a yearly whetstone session (don't worry we'll show you how to do it) and you are done.

4 / 5Comfort

The handles on these knives are octangular, which sounds like they would be uncomfortable but they really aren't. The handles are very light which leads to the balance of the knife being towards the front. If used with a pinch grip it just works. Chopping takes no effort due to the sharpness of the blade.

5 / 5Value for money

Custom made, each blade unique, fabulous technology in the VG10 core and stainless cladding make this a fantastic purchase. Made in small batches by Katsushige Anryu these really are a rare treat and while not the cheapest, we have no hesitation in saying that the Kumo range is still worth every penny!

The technical bits

  • Blade length148mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length280mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width3mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height31mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight69 grams
  • Blade materialVG10 cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
  • Hardness60:62HRC
  • Handle styleJapanese
  • Tang styleHalf
  • Left or right handedBoth

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

Beautiful blue fibre boxes with the Masakage logo and name in silver foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a blue stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course, wrapped in Japanese newspaper by the craftsmen who made it. So while you're not working on your knife skills you can catch up your Japanese language skills. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving...

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

What is a Paring knife?

Small and handy, the paring knife is your mini Chef's knife used for those jobs where the Chef's knife is too big. You'll miss it if you don't have it.

You can read more about Paring knives.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

We want you to be happy that you're buying the right knife for your cooking needs so if you're not sure what you need, read our guide to buying the right knife. You can also check out the frequently asked questions or for anything else, contact us.