€ 115.00

Mcusta Paring Damascus Flame 90mm (3.5")

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Mcusta Paring Damascus Flame is a looker. 33 layers of softer and stainless Damascus steel resemble a flame spreading from the bottom to the tip of the blade, giving every knife a unique look. The core of this knife is made of great performing, easy to resharpen, VG-10 steel.

A paring knife is a small and highly versatile kitchen knife. Paring knives offer more dexterity, precision, and maneuverability than the larger, multi-purpose knives, therefore its main tasks are peeling, slicing, and trimming. Due to its short blade, it is best suited for in-hand usage, it does not have enough knuckle clearance to use the knife on the cutting board. The flat ejiri, a bottom part of the handle, has a function - it can be used for crushing garlic and other ingredients.

Damascus Flame is a full-tang petty, attached to the ergonomic red pakkawood handle. Three rivets hold the knife securely attached to the handle. The middle rivet features a mosaic pin, a small detail that makes this knife even more special. A stainless bolster is added for a smooth transition from the blade to the handle.

About Mcusta Zanmai:

Mcusta Zanmai has an interesting (and very high tech) philosophy of knife manufacturing. With their 800-year tradition of making knives, they decided to incorporate traditional knife craftsmanship knowledge into their own custom-made machines. Mcusta is the only knife manufacturer who uses laser machines to cut out the knives, instead of stamping the knives out of the steel sheet. Due to this process, their blades are less susceptible to structural stresses in the steel, making them the most innovative and modern knife maker in Japan.

Handles and pins are milled to the precision of 1/1000mm with their high-quality CNC machines. Every knife is then inspected and assembled by hand. The final (sharp) edge is sharpened by Mcusta's team of master craftsmen to get a very good out-of-the-box sharpness.

☝️ Fun fact: Mcusta is a made-up word - a combination of Machine and custom!


Blade shape: Petty (Paring)
Steel type: VG-10
Hardness (HRC scale): 60
Overall length: 200mm (7.9")
Blade length:
90mm (3.5")
Blade height:
25mm (1.0")
Spine thickness: 1.9mm (0.07")
Weight: 65g (2.3 oz)
Handle length: 110mm (4.3")
Handle type / wood:
Western / Red Pakka
Blacksmith: Mcusta Zanmai


Use & Care:

  • Handwash in warm water and towel dry
  • Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
  • Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
  • Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
  • Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

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