About Masamoto Molybdenum The Masamoto Molybdenum line provides high-quality, affordable knives under the trustworthy name of Masamoto. These Western-style knives are a pragmatic choice, as they are made of softer steel than Masamoto’s VG knives, making them easier to sharpen and maintain. The addition of molybdenum also helps to improve edge retention and makes the blade stain- and rust-resistant. Equipped with a comfortable, durable composite wood handle. This steel achieves a harmonious balance between sharpness and brittleness. 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. Purpose of Santoku The santoku, meaning "three virtues", is an all-purpose knife that takes its name from its ability to easily handle meat, fish and vegetables. The high profile of the blade makes the santoku well-suited for smaller kitchen spaces and keeps the knuckles well above the cutting board.