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Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 11:56 AM
“The blade, saya, handle - All was crafted under Mr. Sugai and Mr. Mizuyama’s instructions, crafted specially for Korin for our Masamoto company’s first special collaboration.” - Masamoto Company

This new knife came in last December, and we never really showed it off half as much as we should have. It is gorgeous and my favorite knife to just admire, so I decided that it was going to be my first knife post on this forum. I really believe that simple is best, and I think the Kizuna series is a beautiful explain of this saying.


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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.


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The Blade
Forged from Shiro-ichi, the purest form of carbon and one of the most difficult types of steel to work with. The shiro-ichi steel is very close to a tamahagane steel, which is a precious metal used for forging traditional samurai sword. The resulting blade has superior edge and a fluid cutting feel. To ensure perfection, each blade is hand inspected, checked and sharpened by Japan’s number one Grand Master Sharpener, Shozo Mizuyama.

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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, the thickest tree in the world and an African hardwood. Bubinga is regarded as a wood imbued with spirituality, and the tree that gives birth to the gods.


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The Cover
The Japanese characters, written on the saya cover “Rensei kouha mikakusho,” allude to the knife having not only superior edge to create beautiful cuisine, but also a blade that will enhance the flavor of the food on the plate.
Translation “To forge the blade from it’s liquid steel state, hammer out the impurities to produce a blade that creates a beautiful presentation and makes the ingredients taste better.”


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The meaning behind the name "Kizuna"
The red kanji stamp on the blade of the knife, kizuna, is the Japanese word for ‘bond’ or ‘connection’. The Kizuna represents the bond between the knife craftsmen and the chefs who use these knives, as well as the Masamoto company, Mr. Mizuyama and Korin. 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 very special knives from Masamoto.


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tk59
05-15-2012, 12:15 PM
Nice. Is the Bubinga stabilized? I'm very curious to see some reviews of these knives. :)

VoodooMajik
05-15-2012, 12:26 PM
Very nice, I kind of want one.

Vladimir
05-15-2012, 12:43 PM
Unparalleled Beauty

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 01:14 PM
I'm really curious too. I've only ever sold one of these beauties, but last I heard the chef didn't use it yet... I suspect he's still admiring it. LOL
I will let you know though! Maybe I can get some testimonials. I'll see what I can do. :)

Candlejack
05-15-2012, 03:49 PM
I'm really curious too. I've only ever sold one of these beauties, but last I heard the chef didn't use it yet... I suspect he's still admiring it. LOL
I will let you know though! Maybe I can get some testimonials. I'll see what I can do. :)

What about price? And a bit more info on the steel.


You can always to a pass-around too

echerub
05-15-2012, 03:55 PM
Visually the package seems a little too busy for my preferences - but I'm sure the blade itself is top-notch. Would love to hear more about the steel and user experiences :)

Justin0505
05-15-2012, 04:01 PM
Awesome! I think that collaborations like this one often yield some great results and evolution of design. What styles / sizes of knives will be in this range?

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 04:13 PM
Visually the package seems a little too busy for my preferences - but I'm sure the blade itself is top-notch. Would love to hear more about the steel and user experiences :)

Yea, I hear you. I thought the cover was too busy too, but after you see it every day it kind of grows on you. I wish they chose to put the stamp on the blade OR the top of the handle, but you know to each his own.

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 04:17 PM
Awesome! I think that collaborations like this one often yield some great results and evolution of design. What styles / sizes of knives will be in this range?

I'm glad you like it! Yea, they were working on this project for a very long time just trying to get it right. :)

There is currently only the yanagi style out, but they come in:
7.6" (195mm) It's kind of like a yanagi petty knife.
8.2" (210mm)
10.5" (270mm)
11.7" (300mm)

You can find a more detailed picture here:
http://korin.com/Masamoto-Korin-hongasumi-yanagi-petty-kizuna

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 04:21 PM
What about price? And a bit more info on the steel.

You can always to a pass-around too

The price ranges from $930.00 – $1,150.00.
Yea, it's pretty pricey.

Thats a great idea, I'll bring this up to Ms. Kawano. :D It might have to be in June when Mr. Sugai comes home so he can do the uraoshi process on the knife, but I will keep you posted.

Candlejack
05-15-2012, 05:07 PM
The price ranges from $930.00 – $1,150.00.
Yea, it's pretty pricey.

Thats a great idea, I'll bring this up to Ms. Kawano. :D It might have to be in June when Mr. Sugai comes home so he can do the uraoshi process on the knife, but I will keep you posted.


Fantastic! Always up for trying knives i can't afford yet! And i bet the other guys are also up for it!

Crothcipt
05-15-2012, 08:26 PM
I was gonna say you can see the price tags on the first pic. I love the cover and how this knife looks. Hope there is a pass around that would be sweet.

Taz575
05-15-2012, 10:17 PM
I like the look of the light colored buffalo horn instead of the traditional black. Kind of a bummer to not have a choice unless you hand pick it out, but that's a great excuse to go to Korin to hand pick! The shiro ichi is White #1 correct? Sounds like those knives would be incredible!!

Korin_Mari
05-16-2012, 07:23 AM
I like the look of the light colored buffalo horn instead of the traditional black. Kind of a bummer to not have a choice unless you hand pick it out, but that's a great excuse to go to Korin to hand pick! The shiro ichi is White #1 correct? Sounds like those knives would be incredible!!

I like the white buffalo horns or the nicely marbled one too. I hate how the completely black ones sometimes looks like its plastic... But yea, it is a great excuse to come into Korin! I've had customers ask me to bring out a few boxes so they can choose, which is fine. lol :) PLUS if you come in Mr. Sugai will do the uraoshi process for you and if you ask he'll give you a brief instruction to how to sharpen them. so yes... Come visit! I will be sure to be there if you let me know when. :D

Taz575
05-16-2012, 08:32 AM
Yup! It won't be for a while, but I found some things I could pick up. Oh, and don't think you are weird for admiring and staring at the knife. I do the same with some blocks of burled woods!! They just sit on a shelf and I stare at them. Can't bear to cut them up for a handle yet!! And I just ordered 9 more pieces of wood. Yikes!