View Full Version : Mcusta-Zanmai

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:13 PM
Every now and then something new comes along that I haven't seen and makes me stop and really check it out but not so much these days do I see something new that impresses. Well today I got in a gyuto for sharpening that had a pretty unique feature that I'll leave without description for you to figure out for yourself. :)

BTW, this knife has a fantastic faint convex grind and pretty decent profile. I have no idea what this costs or if it's worth the price or not (it's VG-10) but it seems like a very nice knife from what I can gather holding it in my hands.

I figured that some of you would like to see it as well.....

Andrew H
06-13-2012, 04:15 PM
That handle is crazy!

06-13-2012, 04:19 PM
That handle is crazy!

yeah, this knife is real nice looking.

06-13-2012, 04:20 PM
Neat handle, is that from the factory? Is it actually san mai, looks monosteel to me.

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:26 PM
Neat handle, is that from the factory? Is it actually san mai, looks monosteel to me.

It's "Zanmai" - no "sanmai" :D

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:27 PM
I didn't mention this but the F&F is exceptional and yup it appears to be factory

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:29 PM
I just Googled it - looks inexpensive


Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:30 PM

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:31 PM
They do a "rippled & hammered blade" jobbie too...




06-13-2012, 04:31 PM
About 270 for a 9.5 in

06-13-2012, 04:33 PM
How does the handle feel in your hand?

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:33 PM

Dave Martell
06-13-2012, 04:34 PM

06-13-2012, 04:34 PM
they have quite good prices for single bevels.

06-13-2012, 04:40 PM
Neat handle, is that from the factory? Is it actually san mai, looks monosteel to me.

It's factory. Was sold here in Sweden until a while ago, wasn't worth the price for the steel though.. but i did want one.

06-13-2012, 04:43 PM
I didn't know the nickel silver anti-bacterial!

06-13-2012, 04:48 PM
How is the wondering octagonal handle? It looks like it wants to be held, very comfy.

06-13-2012, 05:25 PM
I didn't know the nickel silver anti-bacterial!

yup. it's the copper. some hospitals have been switching to nickel silver, and other copper alloy, plated hardware on cabinets, etc, because of the effect. i wouldn't think it would matter so much on a knife, since knives get washed often, but it's great for cabinets and pulls, since they aren't washed often. here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimicrobial_copper-alloy_touch_surfaces) is a little info from wikipedia.

06-13-2012, 06:12 PM
Would be a whole hell of a lot cooler if it wasn't VG - 10.

06-13-2012, 08:45 PM
Would be a whole hell of a lot cooler if it wasn't VG - 10.

+ 1
Really, really like the handles and f&f. If it was carbon or a better stainless, Id be googling where to place an order. Thanks for sharing though! Cool stuff.

06-13-2012, 08:50 PM
A bit steep for VG-10, but them handles sure are nifty.

NO ChoP!
06-13-2012, 11:45 PM
It appears the handle is twisted....

The hekler
06-14-2012, 12:44 AM
The f&f looks great as far as picture can say, the twisted handle I haven't a clue I'd have to hold it in hand before I said anything about comfort. VG-10 well I wish it was a more highly regarded steel but let's hear from Dave, how was it to sharpens? I've heard varying reports on VG-10 which basically came down to the HT, was it super chippy or was it a decent blade?

06-14-2012, 04:07 AM
Hmm here is one that is on the website. kinda a different handle too.


not as much detail on that pic, but different.

06-14-2012, 02:21 PM
I got one of these for my dad. And it's a surprisingly good knife. Holds a really good edge. At least his one does.

Dave Martell
06-14-2012, 02:24 PM
The sharpening went nice, it kind of reminded me of the Hattori FH knives.

06-15-2012, 10:14 AM
"Knife of the Year 2012"

Well not only Mcusta figured it out.

Eamon Burke
06-15-2012, 10:28 AM
HA! You're kiddin me!

Dave, you've got a job opening at the Blade Show.

I wouldn't buy that knife for $30 BTW. The blade looks like poorly set concrete.