Second batch of Mazaki for 2023. More of a traditional Sanjo profile. Standard K&S Ebony with black horn handle, with optional wenge saya.
Mazaki is a one-man operation based in Sanjo, Niigata. His knife is artistically beautful, and from the very beginning with very high level of Fit and Finish. I didn't look further into it as its cutting style was not my preference.
A while ago I was able to sample his latest work and was thoroughly impressed by how much it has improved. His knife now cuts much better than his earlier ones. I am particularly impressed that Mazaki's knife is largely finished on a stone by hand, while it is a much more time consuming process, such process ensures the knife is straight and flat with minimal low spots. We are talking about a type of finishing that is very much like Shigefusa's final handle sharpening process (albeit not the same level of polishing), rather than a water grinder sharpening process, which creates uneveness and low spots along the blade road, and sometimes even worse: over-grind. Given the effort that Mazaki-san has put in, the production is understandably very limited, and given the low price, I am sure his work will be highly thought after veyr soon.
I would confidently rate it amongst some of the best Sanjo knives out there because:
- Trained under Kato-san, excellent White 2 heat treatment;
- Tall and long profile, edge has excellent sweet spot;
- Signature Sanjo grind, with thick spine at the heel, and aggressive taper;
- Thin behind the edge with excellent cutting performance and food release;
- Iron cladding, will rust if care is not taken.
I am super happy that I can offer you, my fellow knife enthusiasts, another top quality knife from Sanjo.
||White 2, 63HRC+
|Tip to Heel Length||243 mm|
|Blade Height at Heel||53 mm|
|Width of Spine Above Heel||5.9 mm|
|Width of Spine at Middle of Blade||
|Width of Spine at about 1 cm from tip||1.2 mm|