About Masahiro Cutlery
Masahiro MV-H knives feature an 80/20 asymmetrical edge which is polished to a mirror finish. What does an 80/20 asymmetrical edge mean? It means that 80 percent of the edge is ground on the right side of the blade and 20 percent is ground on the left side. This asymmetrical edge is derived from the traditional one-sided Japanese knives which are also 80/20 asymmetrical. The 80 percent side on the MV-H is only 1/8" high as compared to 3/4" high on a traditional Japanese knife. This asymmetrical edge is approximately 35% thinner than a 50/50 straight edge. Making it even sharper than its competitors.
The Masahiro knives are amazingly light weight, yet perfectly balanced. The handle is a heat, moisture and solvent resistant resin which is highly durable. The composite handle is also resistant to bacteria. The handle features a three rivet design and uses a very wide tang. This provides plenty of room for the rivets and still allows room for the handle to cover the tang for a handle that's incredibly comfortable in your hand.
The MV-H range is made from MBS-26 high carbon stainless steel. This MBS-26 is proprietary to Masahiro; however, it does come from the VG family like VG-10 which is found in a number of high quality cutlery lines. The MBS-26 stainless steel is treated by three stages of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering until the steel reaches a hardness of 58-60 HRC. Masahiro believes this is the ideal hardness for a kitchen knife with the features of the MV-H range.
As with any good cutlery, it is recommended that care be used in the cleaning and maintenance of these knives. Hand washing is suggested as well as proper storage. This type of care combined with regular steeling and sharpening will give you super sharp knives that will last.
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