Mcusta Paring Supreme Hammered is a great performing kitchen knife, made from the popular VG-10 steel, clad into 33 layers of softer, stainless Damascus steel. The top part of the blade features dents from the hammer, which have been polished to a high polish, while the bottom part of the blade features a subtle, wavy Damascus pattern.
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.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade with convex (full hamaguri) grind. Hamaguri grind allows superior sharpness that requires delicate handling and helps to prevent food from sticking to the blade. Such a shape keeps a lot of metal behind the edge and makes for a stronger edge, yet it still allows a good degree of sharpness. The downside to a convex grind is that it is very hard to reproduce by anyone other than a very experienced sharpener.
Supreme Hammered is a full-tang paring knife, attached to a beautiful, durable and unique-looking red pakkawood octagonal-shaped handle. The middle of the handle features a rhombus-shaped pin with a mother-of-pearl inlay that adds a classy, vintage look. 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
Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge / tsuchime & damascus
Hardness (HRC scale): 60
Overall length: 215mm (8.5")
Blade length: 90mm (3.5")
Blade height: 25mm (1.0")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")
Weight: 75g (2.6 oz)
Handle length: 113mm (4.4")
Handle type / wood: Western / Red Pakka
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Mcusta Zanmai
Location of the smithy: SEKI / Gifu Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.
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- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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