This knife is one of the MV-H range of Masahiro knives. The MV-H range is made from MBS-26 high carbon stainless steel. MBS-26 is proprietary to Masahiro. MBS-26 stainless steel is treated by three stages of quenching, sub-zero treating and tempering until the steel reaches a hardness of 58-60 HRC. Masahiro believes this is the ideal hardness for a kitchen knife.
The edge of the MV-H knives is 80/20 asymmetrical. 80 percent of the edge is ground on the right side of the blade and 20 percent is ground on the left side. This asymmetrical edge is derived from traditional one-sided Japanese knives which are also 80/20 asymmetrical.
The handle is a heat, moisture and solvent resistant resin which is remarkably durable. It is much more practical and longer lasting than a laminated wood handle. The composite handle is also resistant to bacteria which keeps the knife very hygienic in daily use. The handle is a three rivet design and uses a very wide full tang almost as wide as the handle itself. This provides plenty of room for the rivets and still allows room for the handle to cover the tang for an incredibly smooth rounded handle that feels great in your hand.
The Masahiro knives are amazingly light weight, yet perfectly balanced.