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Handle: Damascus
Blade lenght: 8.7cm
Blade material: Damascus
Usage: Outdoor
Weight: 143,00 g
Producer: Mcusta

Limited edition of 100pcs. Mokume Damascus blade with layers of steel, copper and brass. Aogami 2 core with 63 HRC hardness. Handle in damascus steel, high polished anti-corrosion steel SUS 420J2 and Corian. Copper and brass inlays. Use blade oil. Limited editions are not covered by the discount system.

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There are products whose brand is a guarantee of unquestionable quality, even without their detailed examination. You do not need to see them, but you know that nothing inferior has been produced under this brand in its long history. You just want it, whether you need it or not. Making yourself happy is nice and life is so short ...

Premium manufacturers are aware of their long-standing position and go even further. From time to time they decide to please collectors with a special product in a strictly limited edition. But it is not just the limited availability that makes the product exceptional. Above all, they are the best materials and the famous Japanese craftsmanship with an unprecedented sense of even the smallest detail. The price does not play an important role and will only surprise a person who has not yet been familiar with the commodity.

Basically anyone has the right to produce a limited series. But only those from producers who have already achieved something have been "condemned" to success. It is difficult to imagine anyone more suitable than Marusho Industry Inc., a manufacturer of značiek Mcusta a Zanmai. Last year, he presented the first edition of SUZAKU from a multi-part astrological cycle. As they were Zanmai kitchen knives, Mcusta pocket knives got the opportunity this year.

SHINWA is the name of the cycle under which the manufacturer plans to produce editions of special knives. None of them will exceed 100pcs worldwide. Even the manufacturer does not know how many editions will be created in total. Not only good will is enough to make such gems, but above all the availability of exceptionally skilled craftsmen. We have witnessed several times the retirement of an experienced craftsman and thus the cessation of production of a particular type of knife. No one else could substitute him.

SHINWA represents Japanese mythology. It is based on Shintoism, which is characterized by the worship of many Kami deities. The individual stories are captured in the works of Kojiki /Ancient Essences/ and Nihonshoki /Chronicle of Japan/. One of them is the story of YATAGARASU.

YATAGARASU is a mythological three-legged crow of respectable dimensions /144cm/. The crow represents rebirth and purification. This divine bird was sent by heaven to accompany the first Japanese Emperor Jimmu on his journey to Yamato Kashihara /today's Nara Prefecture/ where he built the first imperial palace. His three legs represent the unity of heaven, earth and humanity. As YATAGARASU is still a symbol of divine guidance, it has a special position in Japan. His depiction is used, for example, by the Japanese Football Association, it is not missing in the emblem of the Japanese national football team, and the winner of the Imperial Cup also has the right to wear his image on the jersey for a year.

When presenting the product itself, this time we chose the opposite procedure. We start with the packaging and keep the most important thing at the end. So welcome to today's popular "unboxing".

The "nest" of the mythical crow undoubtedly deserves our attention. It is a trendy box /Kiribako/ made of paulownia wood. There are 3 colors on the sliding lid. Black kanji characters represent the name of the product, gold is the engraved MCUSTA brand and there is a red stamp Rakuin. Just below the age, you will come across a quality certificate with a description of the legend presented by the company's president Tomohiro Hasegawa. It should be noted that the entire packaging is designed in the same way as in the case of Japanese swords. So in the wooden "formwork" we find Nishijin. It is a woven fabric in which the knife is carefully wrapped. Its floral decor is not printed, but woven with multicolored threads. This challenging method has been practiced in Japan for more than 1,200 years. In addition to the knife itself, you will find something else in the box. It is an inconspicuous yellow sticker. It is used to glue the sliding lid with the box itself. In Japan, this means that its content is intended solely for its owner, as it is a very personal matter. It is an exaggeration to compare this to the hotel's "Don't disturb".

Release the button on the red string /red is a symbol of happiness and well-being/ and unpack Nishijin. The first thing we register is an unusually heavy weight for a Japanese knife. 143g is a good 40g more than standard MCUSTA knives. Too bad the missing 1 gram. The symbolism would be perfect. But of course the weight has its justification.

The story takes place on both the blade and the handle. So let's start with the handle. Its massive frame is made of Damascus steel and SUS 420J2 steel. Damascus steel is shaped to show clouds as genuinely as possible. The part around the main pin is hammered /Tsuchime/, which contributes even more to the authenticity of the cloud. The edges of the handle, including the bolster and the end piece, are polished to a high gloss. The seamless combination of SUS 420J2 damask and smooth steel is further proof of craftsmanship. From behind the wrought cloud rises the sun made of copper. The blue sky is made of quality Corian and forms the body of the handle. The main protagonist of the story - YATAGARASU- stands out majestically on it. The mythical bird was depicted in gold and therefore the manufacturer used brass. Its rough texture perfectly depicts feathers. On the other side of the handles, the mountains are indicated by decent curves. There is an excerpt of this story in the six columns with kanji characters.

The blade cannot be called anything other than a championship of the highest degree. It is called Mokume Damascus. Mokume is a term for wood with distinctive tree rings. These are shown on the blade by interleaving layers of steel, copper and bronze. The upper part is unpolished /Kurouchi/ with the hammering application /Tsuchime/ and resembles a heavy cloud with shining sunlight. The core of such a perfect blade cannot be made of a material other than Blue Paper Steel - Aogami 2 from the Yasugi Specialty Steel plant belonging to the Hitachi Metals concern. It is hardened to 63 HRC and the symmetrical blade is in the convex shape of Hamaguri. The blade requires maintenance with oil, so you will also find a paper sheath for the blade in the package so that you do not get dirty your Nishijin. As both copper and brass oxidize, over time the blade acquires an attractive patina.

It is unnecessary to talk about the line lock, Teflon inserts and the acoustic signature of the end positions of the blade. After all, we have the honor of the MCUSTA brand.

3 elements corresponding to the three legs of the mythical bird YATAGARASU can be easily found on your knife. The heavens are represented by the sky and the clouds, the earth by the mountains and the wood, and humanity by the emperor. But do not look for him on a knife. After all, you and 99 other lucky people are him.

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About producer


The manufacturer of iconic MCUSTA knives is Marusho Industry Inc. from Seki City in Gifu Province. Any connoisseur of Japanese knives knows that this is a prominent area with more than 700 years of tradition. The Hasegawa family clan has been producing the most sophisticated pocket knives you can find here for three generations.

Marusho Industry Inc. has a rarely seen production background in this industry. Since we are lucky, or rather honored, to be a family friend of the Hasegawas, we did not miss the opportunity to tour their factory. We start with the design and construction section, where experienced programmers prepare algorithms for modern CNC machines. The most elegant materials that you can only imagine in a cutlery shop are casually resting in the entrance warehouse. VG-10 steel sheets from nearby Takefu, 33-layer damascene sheets, aluminum alloys, rare woods and high-quality micarta. Laser cutters and CNC mills work in the machining section. However, the most interesting thing for us is the finalization of the knives and their subsequent sharpening. Here, on the contrary, everything is done manually. Even the president of the company, Tomohiro Hasegawa, sits down at the rotating grindstone and skillfully shapes the razor blade. This is followed by a final inspection, where each knife is carefully examined and travels to the dispatch warehouse. The whole world is supplied from there. Today, you will hardly find a brand that is still produced in its country of origin. MCUSTA is among those that have retained this privilege.

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