In the year 2006, we had a chance to meet Mr. Itou and his impressive Custom Kitchen Knife Collections. We don’t forget the moment (the time we met Mr.Itou and his custom knives first time) and how his knives are impressive and unique. We started to introduce his fine custom knife collections for our customers then.
Since then, his knives have attracted many customers and they are also impressed with its outstanding cutting performance and edge retention.
Mr. Itou uses R-2 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel for the cutting edge of his knives (HRc. 62) and he also creates the incredibly beautiful and powerful appearance Damascus knives.
As seen on other expensive full tang custom knives, Mr. Itou hand tapers the blade tang in order to reduce weight and to perfectly balance the blade and handle. He contours and polishes the handle to ensure a perfect grip and an attractive finish. This knife comes with Stag Handle. Mr. Itou is serious collector of the knife handle materials. Each time, he carefully selects the good condition and nice shape of the Stag material for his knife making.
Each one of Mr. Itou’s knives is a unique ‘one-off’, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ knife, that is 100% custom handmade and hammer forged.
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: Mr. Itou R-2 Custom Damascus Gyuto
Blade Material: R-2 Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Stag Handle with Nickel Silver Bolster
Saya Included: No.
| Gyuto 180mm (7")|
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Total Weight: 204g
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 the fine craftsmanship and its sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
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.
Honestly, I was going to use it and I couldn’t bring myself to do so. Mr itou is an artist and I don’t want to blemish this beautiful piece in any way. So I’m looking for another knife. As usual JCK is the absolute best with customer service. Fastest shipping you will ever come across. Orders appear to be filled same day. And they follow up. Great to do business. With. I have bought a number of knives from these guys over the years. They are awesome. Thanks Koki!!!!