This Custom Limited Edition Sukenari ZDP-189 Wa-Gyuto Knife was produced in Collaboration with a Custom Handle Maker, who makes beautiful "one-of-a-kind" handles.
Hitachi ZDP-189 is a premium Powdered Metallurgy (P.M.) tool steel that includes 3% Carbon and 20% Chromium. Although ZDP-189 is very attractive to knife enthusiasts, it is seldom seen in the kitchen knife market.
This Sukenari ZDP-189 knife is made using difficult and time-consuming forging and hand sharpening processes by Passionate Forge-Smith Sukenari. Sukenari have devoted many years to testing and refining their ZDP-189 knife production techniques, and these incredible knives stand as a testament to their hard work and their hammer forging expertise.
The blade core of ZDP-189 steel (HRc. 65!) is sandwiched between two layers of soft, corrosion-resistant stainless steel.
This Custom Limited Edition Sukenari ZDP-189 Clad Wa Gyuto knife is fitted with an Custom Hand-Made Octagonal Handle(Stabilized Karelian Birch body, Resin ferrule and endcap with G10 Brass and Red Liner 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 ZDP-189 Clad Series Wa Gyuto
Blade Material: ZDP-189 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 65
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Custom Hand-Made Octagonal Handle (Stabilized Karelian Birch body, Resin ferrule and endcap with G10 Brass and Red Liner spacers)
Saya Included: Yes.
Wa Gyuto 240mm (9.4")
Cutting edge length: 231mm
Total Length: 393mm
Blade Thickness: 2.6mm
Blade Width: 50mm
Handle Length: 147mm
Total Weight: 259g
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 handler 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.