The Gyuto is Japan’s answer to the western chef knife, in a country where the food culture has given birth to a myriad of highly specialised knives with specific jobs, the gyuto is an all round knife to cover all the bases. It was created in the latter part of the 19c after the son of a prominent Japanese blacksmith visited the west to investigate new knife making technologies, he returned with a few samples and a load of ideas and ever since then it has evolve into the hugely popular style we recognise today.
This particular knife has one of our favourite finishes, the Nashiji or “Pear Skin” finish. Once a knife has been forged it can be finished with one of several levels of refinement, the Nashiji would technically be the second least refined finished but we love it! It’s had the black carbon deposits removed (which would be consistent with a Kurouchi finish) but not the rough texture you wouldn’t expect to see on the higher levels of finish. To add to the great finish this knife is also made with Blue#2 steel, a superb knife making steel which can really extend the time your edge will last between sharpening.
Nashiji Gyuto 240mm
Blade Material – Blue #2 (Aogami) Carbon Steel
Handle Material – Lacquered Oak
Blade length – 240mm
Total Length – 390mm
Blade Height – 57mm
Weight – 225g
Hardness – 62
Sakai, in the Osaka region of Japan has been a thriving hub for Japanese blade making for over 600 years. Sakai Kikumori, itself approaching 100 years in business, continue to work with some of the areas most skilled craftspeople to produce a broad range of cutlery.
A note on carbon steel – Like many others we at Community Cutlery favour carbon over stainless steel for its ability to take a keener edge and hold it for longer, for this privilege we need to care for our carbon products with a little more consideration, particularly when it comes to washing. Once you’ve finished with your knife we recommend giving it a quick wash and a thorough dry, as if left wet it will start to rust, surprisingly quickly. If this does happen then take a dry scourer and lightly give it a rub, another rinse and a good dry, it should come off with relative ease. With use you will also notice a light change in the colour of the blade, this patina is natural, beautiful and to be cherished, it’s like yo knife developing its own fingerprint!
And for many reasons – Never put your knives in the dishwasher
Knives are only available to persons over 18 years of age. Due to the nature of our business ALL customers will be asked to prove their age at checkout.