This Custom Limited Edition Sukenari R-2 Damascus Wa Gyuto Knife was produced in Collaboration with a Custom Handle Maker, who makes beautiful "one-of-a-kind" handles.
The beautiful Damascus Wa-Gyuto knife blade was forged and hand crafted by passionate forge-smith Sukenari, using R-2 steel. R-2 is a high quality Powdered Metallurgy (P.M.) High Speed Tool Steel from Kobelco and it has a very rich chemical composition, which includes 1.25-1.45% Carbon, 14-16% Chromium, 2.3-3.3% Molybdenum and 1.8-2.2% Vanadium.
Sukenari has a lot of experience and considerable skill in hammer forging modern, high-performance steels. Sukenari leveraged this expertise to produce R-2 steel knives that have extra-high cutting performance, outstanding edge retention and a beautiful, wavy Damascus pattern. A special mirror-polishing and finishing processes is used to create a high-contrast Damascus, which has shiny layers of stainless steel and white-colored layers of nickel steel.
This knife comes with a Custom Octagonal Wa Handle (Snakewood body, Composite Stone Ivory ferrule and endcap, Brass collar with Brass and Red Line spacers). For safekeeping, this knife comes with a matching Black (Lacquered) Wooden Saya ("Sheath") and a black pakkawood Saya pin.
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: Custom Limited Edition Sukenari R-2 Damascus Series Wa Gyuto
Blade Material: R-2 Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagon Shaped Custom Wa Handle (Snakewood body, Composite Stone Ivory ferrule and endcap, Brass collar with Brass and Red Line spacers)
Saya Included: Yes.
Wa Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.
This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
This is a truly distinctive and beautiful blade.The custom handle really compliments the blade. An impressive combination with impeccable craftsmanship for both blade and handle. Since I purchased it for my collection of Japanese knives, I don't expect to use it and risk blemishing its new condition.