“Beautiful” and “Japanese Tradition” are the words that perhaps best describe these Custom Rainbow Damascus kitchen knives from Master Blacksmith Takeshi Saji.
The unique multi-colored Damascus blades match the natural figure and grain of the Ironwood Handles and the decorative mosaic pins exceptionally well. The knife handles are also fitted with a polished metal bolster for improved durability and blade-balance. The blades feature a core of Blue #2 high-carbon steel that is clad with multiple layers of rust-resistant stainless steel, brass and copper.
As you may already know, Master Saji is always seeking new methods and ideas for his innovative and distinctive traditional hammer forged knives. His expertise in advanced forging techniques and fabricating custom handles has allowed the creation of these very special, and utterly unique, custom Damascus knives.
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It can be used with a variety of different cutting techniques to achieve a wide range of kitchen tasks and is suitable for cutting the vast majority of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. The Gyuto is true multi-purpose knife.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji Rainbow Damascus Series Gyuto
Blade Material: Blue Steel No.2 with Rainbow Damascus Cladding
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Ironwood handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Gyuto 180mm (7") |
Cutting edge length: 185mm
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right-handed and left-handed use.
Please Note: In general, Japanese Kitchen Knives are designed for right hand use and their blades have a relatively strong convex grind on the right-hand side and relatively weak convex grind (almost straight) on the left-hand side. However, double bevel edge knives with a 50/50 grind can be used by both right-handed and left-handed people without any problems.
We believe that Japanese knives have the best quality and cutting performance in the world, and we hope that you will enjoy the fine craftsmanship and sharp edge of your new knife. With proper care, your new Japanese knife will be your faithful cooking partner for many years to come.
The Carbon Steel blade of this kitchen knife can discolor or rust easily. Consequently, extra care and attention are required to prevent it from rusting.
The craftsmanship of this knife is on another level. Don’t expect a super high performing laser though, it’s more of a big heavy workhorse with amazing steel. This knife is just pure quality and it was worth ever penny to me.
This is a beautiful knife in every respect. The weight and balance is ideal for me, the carbon steel holds a great edge in no small part due to the excellent grind on the blade. The craftsmanship is of course superb and it also happens to be work of art. Koki's customer care was excellent as always, the knife arriving quickly and safely.
I've had my eye on these knives for several years, and finally took the plunge. I can't believe I waited so long. Got 'er indoors to give it to me for our 9th wedding anniversary/Valentine's Day gift.
This knife is an heirloom piece, truly a work of art by Master Saji. It cuts beautifully, well balanced, the only downside is it’s a bit on heavy side but hopefully I’ll adjust to it with more use.
I've had a set of these knives for 2 years and I use them daily. Initially I bought the Gyuto and was going to display it. After using it a few times, I purchased some more and stopped using most of my other knives. The multi layers make for a heavier knife, different from the Japanese thin blade. For Western style preparation, this weight against the carbon blade makes for a fantastic knife. The blue carbon keeps a fine sharp edge and cuts clean and smooth. Over time the blue carbon will darken with some spotting (you can see this in the attached photo). The 240mm Gyuto is very versatile, especially trimming whole briskets, bulk meats and fish. Overall these are beautiful knives that maintain a fine cutting edge over years of use.