Mcusta Zanmai "Forest" Molybdenum Petty
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This Zanmai "Forest" petty has a thin spine and beautiful thin grind, giving it laser-like cutting performance. The solid monosteel blade gives the knife a clean look, and the AUS8 steel makes the knife very affordable. Although the Molybdenum steel does not offer as good edge retention as the VG10, it is slightly more forgiving. The unique hand-polished green micarta handle showcases Zanmai's refined production qualities - a result of merging Seki's blade making tradition with innovative technologies. The spine and choil of this series are less polished than other higher-end series, but still offers better overall fit and finish than other knives at this price range. The signature Zanmai fit and finish can still be seen all over this knife, from the beautiful handle with mirror finished end cap to the precision ground blade.
- Origin (Made in): Seki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Mcusta Zanmai
- Model No.: HBG-6000M / HBG-6001M / HBG-6002M
- Knife Type: Petty
- Construction: Monosteel
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Steel Type: AUS-8
- Hardness: 58-59 HRC
- Blade Length: 90mm (3.5") / 120mm (4.7") / 150mm (5.9")
- Blade Height (at heel): 26mm / 30mm / 31mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 1.8mm / 1.8mm / 1.9mm
- Middle: 1.6mm / 1.6mm / 1.6mm
- Shape: Western-shaped
- Material: Green Micarta
- Length: 101mm / 101mm / 101mm
- Overall Length: 195mm / 224mm / 253mm
- Weight: 71g (2.50oz) / 83g (2.93oz) / 87g (3.07oz)
- Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Zanmai" (三昧) ; Mcusta Zanmai logo ; "Molybdenum Vanadium" ; "Made in Japan"
- Engraved mark (bottom cap) : Mcusta Zanmai logo with Mirror Finishing
About Mcusta Zanmai 三昧
Mcusta Zanmai is based in Seki City of Japan, a town with over 800 years of swordsmithing history. While embracing Seki's blade-making traditions, Zanmai is also bringing innovative technologies such as CNC machine and laser cutting into the workshop, making the brand a rare and seamless integration of craftsman traditions and modern technologies. Zanmai knives have unique handles that not only pay homage to traditional Wa handle design, but also bringing innovations such as high temperature compressed layers of natural Pakkawood to create polished and strong handles. Zanmai's laser cutting of VG10 steel produces high precision finish on monosteel blades. Mcusta craftsmen finish each knife on Japanese Waterstones to give their knives refined looks.
Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethylene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.
Stays sharp but when needed easy to sharpen. The handle feels good in the hand. I just touch it up on my 5000 stone. My wife loves this little knife. We got the 3.5 paring size. I own Bob Kramer carbon, Shun, Yaxell, and Messermeirster and the quality of this knife is right there with them. This is my second knife from Ricky and I am impressed and I will be back
Excellent quality, shipping - razor sharp, stainless and easy to sharpen.(just use the 30 degree back bevel on the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I have this and the longer one from this set. Couldn’t be happier with the steel and the handling.
(I have several high end custom knives as well to compare with — this is a good buy.)
I found Burrfection while browsing on YouTube. Wanted a few decent knives. Spent a few months looking and came across the Forest line from Mcusta Zanmai. Amazed they came from Japan, to China, and finally to Pennsylvania. Over 7000 miles just for some knives. 150 years ago it would not have been possible. The knives more than lived up to the description and pictures. I'm very pleased and would not hesitate to buy from Burrfection again. They shipped on March 17th and were at my front door March 24th. Many thanks to Kevin from Burrfection for the topnotch service.