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Hiroshi Kato

Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:41 pm

I just made the connection (unless I am mistaken) that Hiroshi Kato is the craftsman who makes both:

2.)Masakage Koishi

For those, if any, who have used both. How do these knives compare. The pricing is about the same, any opinions or notable comparisons between these two series of knives?


Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:10 am

As per Masakage's website http://www.masakageknives.com/craftsmen_hiroshikato.html & CKTG's header http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kanehiro.html you appear to have made a brilliant observation.

Anyhow, I only have a Kanehiro, and as such I can't compare beyond the obvious similarities they have in steel,weight & profile or the dissimilarity they have in finish from hammered to non or the spread in HRc from 62 to 65.

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:01 am

Are these related to the much vaunted and slightly dubious Kato from the other site?

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:01 pm


Could you explain your reference a bit more?

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:05 pm

A Kato seems to be a popular knife elsewhere. A friend bought one and was very excited. I saw him cut his first onion. Or not really cut it because the blade literally crumbled when it hit the root to cut it in two. About a 1.5 cm long "chip." It is a very beautiful knife, though. Maybe the prettiest I've seen. It just doesn't seem to be for cutting. On the other site they say the knives are magic, though.

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:15 pm

The one "Kato" I've seen was nice, but nothing super special. Good geometry, very thick spine, very heavy knife. Had a beautiful handle when it left though. :)

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:22 pm

The engraving is mesmerizing to me. Pretty, pretty, pretty. Did you try to cut anything? I am afraid paper would crumble that mighty blade.

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:24 pm

No, blade was covered in blue painters tape the instant it arrived and not uncovered until it was put in a box to leave. Not my knife, and I never use the knives that come for new shoes unless I ask and get approval. :)

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:32 pm

The blue tape probably adds extra toughness. ;)

Re: Hiroshi Kato

Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:46 pm

Hopefully, my worst fear is chipping an edge on an expensive knife.
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