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Santoku • 180 mm • pakka • UX10 Swedish steel • western handle • for right hand use
Misono’s top of the line, the UX10 is one of the best hybrid knives available. Sub-zero treated Swedish steel gives long-lasting edge life, durability and a razor-sharp edge. The angled silver nickel bolster balances the knife and the curved wooden handle fit comfortably the hand. Each knife is hand sharpened on a combination of water stones and checked to ensure they meet Misono’s exacting standards.
For a long time, the Swedish steel have had a high reputation for their quality and purity. The Swedish steel or also known as European steel is also available in a stainless version. This steel is popular among Japanese knifemakers, due to its predictable behavior during forging and the fine structure of the steel after the hardening process. Thanks to this structure, the steel excels in extreme sharpness and sharpness retention. MISONO uses this steel in their Carbon series, where it is called European steel, which is an oxydating steel. Takayuki uses the Swedish Uddeholm steel, but then a stainless version. Again, both steel variants, excel in their purity and structure and can be sharpened like a razor.
Misono was established in 1935, and the company has been kept a small, exclusively family-owned business for decades. The company began as a kitchen tool blade maker for vegetable peelers. Today Misono is Japan’s oldest Western-style knife maker, with only fifty workers producing 150,000 knives a year. While many larger companies send knives to other manufacturers to have specialists make different parts of a knife, Misono produces 100% of their knives in house with extreme attention to detail for quality assurance. Misono’s production process is very similar to that of traditional Japanese style knives, as they are largely made by hand. Misono ensures long-lasting edge retention for professional use by using hard steel and hand finished sharpening. To guarantee that all Misono knives are of the highest quality, knives do not leave the company without passing several levels of inspections.