Masutani San was born in 1944, he lives and works in Echizen Japan. At the age of 15 he began studying with his father and at the age of 30 he opened his own smithy in the Takefu knife village (Echizen). The blades he produces offer a very high quality in relation to their favorable price.
The Masutani knives are made of VG-1 steel. VG1 steel is Japanese stainless steel but is not as stainless as, for example, VG-10. However, the steel is easier to grind yourself. Components: carbon 0.95 - 1.05%, chromium 13 - 15%, molybdenum 0.2 - 0.4%, nickel <0.25%. The steel is manufactured at the Takefu Factory in Japan. The steel can be cured in the production process to a level of 59-61 HRC, allowing the blade to be sharpened to exceptional sharpness.