At the Seki Outdoor Knife Show in October 2014, I fell in love with this unusual handmade knife. When I picked it up and had a closer look, I saw that every little detail had been carefully taken care of, it had perfect grip and balance, and overall it was the fruit of its creator's spirit and philosophy. Hiroshi Saito, the maker of this knife, has been dedicating long years to creating custom knives. The making process of custom knives is very different from that of factory knives, which follows many standardized automatic steps. Making custom knives requires effort, and the value of the final product lies in how the product reflects the creator's philosophy and skill to perfection.
The slightly rounded curved shape of handmade handle and stainless bolster are designed to match the beautifully hand-polished VG-10 Up-Swept blade shape and to fit the so-called 'pinch grip', the way many numbers of users hold a knife. Designed to be easy to grip, the "SBW" Wavy Custom Wooden Handle is hand contoured and finished for universal use.
For all those who love cooking, from professional chefs to people cooking at home, if you are looking for slightly different, high quality handmade knives, the Saito knife are IT!
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: Saito Custom VG-10 Gyuto
Blade Material: VG-10
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 60 to 61
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: "SBW" Wavy Custom Wooden Handle with Brass Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Gyuto 195mm (7.6")|
(Wavy Custom Wooden Handle)
Cutting edge length: 195mm
Total Length: 330mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 122mm
Total Weight: 138g
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 Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
The knife shipped quickly and arrived without issues. It is also a truly unique piece. It was a present for my wife who is a chef. She loved it! It would be great to be able to chose "gift box" or "gift packaging" options. Great experience overall.