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Comparison of Mcusta Zanmai Japanese knives

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Comparison of individual series

Bellow you can check the different properties of individual series of Japanese kitchen knives by Mcusta Zanmai. The series are listed from lowest price. The higher the series, the better materials and more manufacturing processes are used.

MCUSTA ZANMAI SeriesBladeHandleChefs knife price
MODERN AUS-8A (58±1 HRC) Black laminated Pakka wood 2450,- Kč
FOREST AUS-8A (58±1 HRC) Green Micarta 2950,- Kč
CLASSIC CORIAN 33 layer Damascus with VG-10 core (61±1 HRC) White Corian (artificial stone) 4100,- Kč
CLASSIC PRO FLAME 33 layer Damascus with VG-10 core (61±1 HRC) Red laminated Pakka wood 4650,- Kč
SUPREME HAMMERED 33 layer Damascus with VG-10 core (61±1 HRC) Red laminated Pakka wood 5650,- Kč
SUPREME RIPPLE 33 layer Damascus with VG-10 core (61±1 HRC) Red laminated Pakka wood 5650,- Kč
SUPREME TWISTED VG-10 (61±1 HRC) Red laminated Pakka wood 6290,- Kč

MODERN Molybdenum

Professional kitchen knives MCUSTA ZANMAI from series MODERN stand out by their minimalistic design and maximal practicality. Construction Full-tang (knife is made of one piece) ensures perfect balance and knife endurance. Blade is made from Japanese steel AUS-8A (C-0.8%, Cr-13.5%, Mo-0.25%, V-0.2%) which, for its properties, is ideal choice for manufacturing of quality cutting tools. Thanks to hardening of steel to toughness of 58±1 HRC the blade gains high resistance against wear. Supreme control over cut is achieved by perfectly sharpened Hamaguri edge. Sleek handle is made of black laminated Pakka wood which is durable like the rest of the knife. Proudly sitting at the end of the handle is ZANMAI logo polished to mirror sheen.

FOREST Molybdenum

Japanese knives from ZANMAI FOREST series are similar to MODERN series with just one major difference and that is their original design! Hand polished handles are made from green Micarta, imitating wood circles. This material stands out by its durability and looks, and fits well even in wet hands. All other aspects are similar with MODERN series, and that is why a combination of knives from these two series can be interesting. Like with MODERN line, FOREST line sports Full-tang construction, Japanese AUS8A steel (C-0.8%, Cr-13.5%, Mo-0.25%, V-0.2%), 58±1HRC toughness and convex Hamaguri edge. At the end of the handle there is a ZANMAI logo polished to mirror sheen.

CLASSIC Damascus Corian

CLASSIC DAMASCUS CORIAN series stands out by its unmistakable design. 33 layers of Damascus steel unite its beauty with elegance of white Corian handle. Corian is a mixture of natural minerals and clean white acrylic polymer. It is characterized by high durability, hygienic properties and by flawless appearance. Blades of these knives are hammered from 32 layers of Damascus steel with core made of traditional Japanese steel VG-10 (C-1%, Cr-15%, Mo-1%, V-0.2%, Co-1,5%). Steel is hardened to 61±1 HRC toughness; therefore the knife will retain its sharpness for long time. Knife is well balanced thanks to Full-tang construction (blade and handle are made from one piece of steel), this adds even more durability to knife as well. Perfectly sharpened edge of Hamuragi type and engraved logo with mirror sheen are a standard with all ZANMAI products, no exception with CLASSIC DAMASCUS CORIAN.

CLASSIC PRO Damascus Flame

CLASSIC PRO DAMASCUS FLAME is a very popular series of ZANMAI knives worldwide. Base of knife is created from 33 layers of Damascus steel with VG-10 core (VG-10 is also known as “super steel”). Material is hardened to relatively high 61±1HRC toughness with metal composition of C-1%, Cr-15%, Mo-1%, V-0.2%, Co-1,5%. Hamaguri type of edge offers perfect control over cut and retains its sharpness longer. Full-tang construction makes the knife so well balanced that it can stand unsupported vertically on handle end. Ergonomic handle is made from red laminated Pakka wood and is held on to knife with three rivets, middle one inlaid with beautiful mosaic. End of the handle with engraved ZANMAI logo can be used to crush garlic and others.

SUPREME Hammered

SUPREME Series is a flagship of MCUSTA ZANMAI. HAMMERED design is a tribute to traditional Japanese master cutlers. Hammered blades polished to mirror sheen look truly unique. Material used is 33 layer Damascus steel with VG-10 core (C-1%, Cr-15%, Mo-1%, V-0.2%, Co-1,5%), hardened to 61±1HRC toughness. As is customary with all ZANMAI knives, edge has a convex shape of Hamaguri. The blade is finished with a stylish nickel silver guard. This material excels in antibacterial and anticorrosion properties. Interesting and very practical 8 sided handle is made from red laminated Pakka wood. Exceptionality of the knife is underlined by rivets that are used for making musical instruments. Exclusively in our store we pack all SUPREME series knives in wooden gift box, rather than paper boxes that come with the knives as standard.

SUPREME Ripple

SUPREME series is a flagship of MCUSTA ZANMAI. RIPPLE design takes us back several hundred years back to Edo era in Japanese culture. Waves, or ripples, in blade represent a typical image of ocean and coast characteristic for this time period. Material used is a 33 layer Damascus steel with core made from Japanese VG-10 steel (C-1%, Cr-15%, Mo-1%, V-0.2%, Co-1,5%) and is hardened to 61±1HRC toughness. As is customary with all ZANMAI knives, edge has a convex shape of Hamaguri. The blade is finished with a stylish nickel silver guard. This material excels in antibacterial and anticorrosion properties. Interesting and very practical 8 sided handle is made from red laminated Pakka wood. Exceptionality of the knife is underlined by rivets that are used for making musical instruments. Exclusively in our store we pack all SUPREME series knives in wooden gift box, rather than paper boxes that come with the knives as standard.

SUPREME Twisted

SUPREME series is a flagship of MCUSTA ZANMAI. The appearance of TWISTED series is unique by its twisted handle. Not only it looks great but it is also very practical and comfortable. Handle is made from red laminated Pakka wood and is held to knife with decorative rivets inlaid with beautiful mosaic. The handle is finished by a guard made from nickel silver alloy. This material is renowned by its antibacterial and anticorrosion properties. Blade with traditional Hamaguri edge style is made from pure VG-10 steel (C-1%, Cr-15%, Mo-1%, V-0.2%, Co-1,5%), sometimes referred to as “super steel”. Toughness of blade is ideal 61±1HRC which assures longevity of edge, yet doesn’t make the steel too brittle. Exclusively in our store we pack all SUPREME series knives in wooden gift boxes, rather than paper boxes that come with the knives as standard.