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Types of knives
Masahiro produces different kinds of Japanese and Western-style knives using their proprietary MBS-26 steel and other quality steels too. They have released a couple of series designed for both professional and home cooking. The main series are:
Masahiro MV Knives
The blades in this series are made from MBS-26 steel (Masahiro’s special stainless steel) which comprise of 0.9% carbon and 13% Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium. They have a hardness of 58-60 HRC and their edge is 80/20 asymmetrical. The handles of the knives are triple-riveted to a full tang with a solid metal bolster. They are made of laminated wood that consists of thin layers of stained/dyed black wood that’s pressed in a matte polycarbide. The knives are slightly heavier than those of the MV-H series, making them more versatile and ideal for heavy duty use. The knife types include: Pairing, Gyuto, Honesuki Boning, Sakabone, Sujihiki, Santoku, and Usuba.
Masahiro MV-H Knives
The MV-H is Masahiro’s top of the line range. The knives are made of the same solid MBS-26 stainless steel with a hardness of 58-60HRC and 80/20 asymmetrical edge. The handles are made of composition plastic (polycacetal) that is remarkably durable, much more practical, and very hygienic in daily use than the laminated wood handles of the MV series. They are triple-riveted to a wide full tang that gives a smooth rounded shape that feels great in the hand. They are designed with solid bolster. The knife types include: Santoku, Chef’s, Flexible Boning, Carving, Bread, Slicing, Honesuki Boning, Utility, and Pairing.
Masahiro MV-H Dimple Knives
This is a version of the Masahiro’s MV-H series. The knives have the same handle and blade materials. The only difference is that the blades have a double-sided gouging that helps prevent food from sticking on their surface. The knife types include; Chef’s and Santoku.
Masahiro Pure Carbon Knives
These knives are made of high carbon steel (Japanese steel) with a hardness of 59-60 HRC and 80/20 asymmetrical edge. They are very sharp, provide longer edge retention, and are easy to keep sharp. However, they develop a patina over time and rust if left wet. The handles are made of the laminated wood used on the MV series and are triple-riveted to a full tang with a solid bolster. The knife types include; Gyuto, Santoku, Sujihiki, Sakabone, Honesuki, Usuba, and Utility.
Masahiro Stainless Japanese-Style Selections
The blades of the knives in this series are made of original stainless steel by Masahiro. The handles are compressed laminated wood that’s double or triple riveted. The knife types include: Deba, Yanagiba, Takohiki, and Usuba.
Masahiro BWH Series
In this series, the blades are made of MBS-26 steel while the handles are Pakkawood, triple riveted to a full tang. The knife types include; Chef’s, Pairing, Santoku, Peeling, Utility, and Boning Flexible. The series also has a dimple version where the blades have a double-sided gouging. The only knife available in this version is Santoku.
Masahiro knives are priced slightly lower than those of many other Japanese brands, partly because of their single-layered blades. The prices vary from one series to the other as well as depending on the blade design. The MV-H series has the most expensive knives while the carbon steel knives are a bit more affordable than the rest. The prices of Masahiro’s Santoku knives, for instance, range from $80 to $250.
A 7-inch MV-H series Santoku knife goes for around $126.99 while that from the MV series with same blade length goes for $89.95. The price difference here is due to the handle material and design because both series use the same MBS-26 steel and blade design. The Masahiro’s Carbon Steel 7-inch Santoku knife goes for about $85.95, making it one of the cheapest amongst the few Santoku knives that the company offers.
The MV-H Dimple series Santoku knives cost more than the others (around $136.95) and this is due to their different blade design which features a double-sided gouging. Therefore, the major difference in the prices of these Masahiro’s knives is just the blade design and material, as well the handle material because most of their knife types, especially Santoku come only in one blade size which 7-inch blades.