Masamoto Sohonten Damascus Purple Heart Wood Handle Wa-Gyuto

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About Masamoto ZDP-189 Damascus
Masamoto's ZDP 189 Damascus is extremely high in carbon and chromium making it extremely wear and stain resistant. With an HRC of 66, this knife is one of the harder steels to sharpen by hand. 
About Masamoto
Minosuke Matsuzawa, the founder of the Masamoto Sohonten Company started making knives in 1866. It was his dream that his family would come to be remembered as knife craftsmen throughout the generations. Now, five generations later, Matsuzawa’s vision has been realized and professionally crafted Masamoto knives have become widely regarded as the finest knives made for professional use.
About Purple Heart Wood 
Purple heart wood is native to tropical rain forests of Central and South America. The trees are known for their heartwood which, when cut, quickly turns from a light brown to a rich purple color. Purple heart wood is extremely durable. 
Purpose of Gyuto
The Gyuto is a versatile chef's knife. It can be used for cutting meat, fish and vegetables, making it suitable for preparing Western cuisine. Lightweight and thin, Japanese chef knives have a sharper blade and maintain their sharpness longer than most other chef knives.

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