In the early 1960s, Mr. Kobayashi embarked on his quest to create the world’s finest kitchen knife. He pioneered many concepts that have become “standard” today – molybdenum, tungsten high alloys for increased strength, toughness and hardness; thin blades for less resistance and greater precision; sharper than razor edges; and ergonomic designs for maximum performance.
MAC knives are still handmade without the use of robotics, automated production lines, computers, or lasers. Unlike many other makers, Mr. Kobayashi has steadfastly refused to eliminate production steps, outsource to China, switch to less expensive materials, or in any way to compromise the performance of his knives for the purpose of decreasing costs. He is extremely proud of MAC’s reputation as one of the world’s finest knives and his passion is the enjoyment of those who own his MAC knives.
For centuries, camellia oil has been used to protect the finest Samurai swords. A small amount applied to your carbon steel knives will keep them free of corrosion and rust. Camellia oil is non-toxic and non-allergenic. Spray bottle.$16.75 Details
Messermeister Edge Guards are a perfect way to protect the edge of your knife. They are especially convenient for in-drawer storage and are perfect for storing and transporting knives in knife rolls and bags.$5.60 Details
Renaissance Wax is the #1 choice of major museums and art galleries for the preservation of the precious pieces.
Renaissance Wax is a revolutionary formula that is a semi-synthetic micro-crystalline fossil-origin wax entirely free of, damaging acids. It remains chemically neutral and is therefore completely safe, even on vulnerable surfaces.
Guard your precious pieces against the damaging effects of humidity, heat, dust, environmental destruction, aging, and ordinary wear. Renaissance Wax provides a barrier against fingerprints and the devastation of water, wine, alcohol and other spills. With its high moisture resistance, it forms a durable, lustrous protective coating. Prevents tarnish, corrosion and "bloom". Remains completely waterproof.
Flitz is an excellent metal polish for carbon steel knives as well as fiberglass. This anti-tarnish formula lasts up to 6 months. It is non-abrasive, non-toxic, non-flammable, acid-free, won't dry out, and leaves behind no residue. Not designed for Damascus steel.$19.99 Details
This Rust Eraser nicely cleans and buffs away scratches & light surface rust on metal surfaces and more. 320 grit abrasive is suspended in a slightly "springy" rubber matrix, making it perfect for cleaning up slight imperfections on both curved and flat surfaces. The 320 grit Rust Eraser is very quick to remove rust and scratches and provides a clean looking satin finish. To clean up a surface faster, use the 120 grit Rust Eraser. Measures approx. 2 3/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches x 1/3 inch.$10.00 Details
This hinoki cutting board is the best way to keep knives sharp longer.
Hinoki (Japanese Cypress) cutting boards are used throughout Japan. The wood and its oil are known for their ability to kill bacteria, viruses and fungus. It is also prized for its longevity under the wettest conditions. These properties add to its desirability for use in a kitchen.
The unusually straight grain structure of the wood makes for the perfect surface for the sharpest knives. The medium-soft nature of hinoki wood provides a self-healing cutting surface that helps hide scratches and keeps knife sharp as long as possible. A swivel walnut foot assists the board to dry evenly.
This board is a perfect size for preparing full meals to snacks in a more compact kitchen!
Serrated teeth effortless remove fish scales while ensuring less mess than traditional fish scaling with a knife. Fish scales are removed by teeth, while leaving flesh intact -- with less effort and less mess. A rubber guard keeps fish scales from scattering. Made from stainless steel by Kai (Shun) for strength and to prevent corrosion. Dishwasher safe.$14.95 Details
This set has everything you need to properly take care of your knives.
Ceramic rods provide the best touch up possible between sharpening. By removing very little material, the blade is honed to a razor edge. Fine ceramic rods will hone a knife to the most optimal edge. However, if a considerable time has passed since honing or sharpening, a coarse rod is often required. Generally, a ceramic rod should be approximately the length of the longest knife that you will be honing. This set comes with a 12 inch fine ceramic rod.
Over time, ceramic rods build up metal particles that clog the abrasive surface. The Superaser cleans the surface of all ceramic rods so that they will continue to hone just like they did when they were new.
I was really excited when the folks over at ChefSteps (www.ChefSteps.com) told me about their favorite kitchen shears. Their recommendations are always pretty spot on. (If you don't know about ChefSteps, go over and check them out!)
MAC's forged kitchen shears really get the job done. They will make quick work out of hard shellfish shells, poultry bones, fish bones, and miscellaneous packaging. One blade is micro-serrated for holding onto slippery surfaces while the other has a razor-polished edge that slices cleanly through tough shells and bones. The drop-forged stainless steel blades are some of the strongest we could find. They are held together by an adjustable nut with a quick-release joint so that you can maintain tight blade-to-blade contact and yet be easily taken apart for cleaning (very important in a kitchen shear!). Strong enough to cut through a penny, these shears were designed for heavy-duty kitchen tasks. Slightly right-handed handle but we know some lefties who use them too. These sharp and smooth functioning shears feature a blue textured/rubber grip.
Made in Japan.
Fish Bone Tweezers help effortlessly remove bones from fish.
These Fish Bone Tweezers are made by Kai, the maker of Shun Knives. The angled tweezer makes it very efficient. The ergonomic handle allows either a home user or a professional chef to effortlessly work for extended periods. This Japanese-made tool looks as great as it feels!.$9.95 Details
This magnetic knife strip can be used for just about anything you can imagine. As long as it's magnet friendly, you're good to go. You'll wonder how you got along without it!
Unlike typical magnetic holders that rely on steel rails, this rack won't ding or nick your high quality blade steel. Your knives will stay sharp longer because wood is edge-friendly. Also, unlike traditional countertop knife blocks, bacteria cannot get trapped in deep slots.
Your knives and tools will be safely secured. With the holding power of rare earth magnets, this strip is capable of holding heavier items such as large hand tools. Holding-power is dependent on shape, friction and size of item. For large items, such as heavier hand planes with a relatively small contact area, we recommend two horizontal racks spaced several inches apart.
To store knives horizontally, two racks can be set vertically spaced several inches apart. The construction methods used to make these strips are such that the entire block seems to be a single piece of wood. Only premium solid hardwoods are used. These magnetic knife holders are backed by a lifetime guaranty.
Unlike typical metal rail magnet bars, these are attractive, designed to accentuate and blend with their environment. Natural sycamore wood figure and tone will vary on each knife strip.
Handmade in the USA.