Japan's certified Traditional Craftsman, Takeshi Saji is also devoting his time to nurture the young successors. This is very important duty to keep the tradition and technique of the Takefu's "Uchi-Hamono (hand forged knives)" handing down from generation to generation.
For this purpose, Master Saji is adopting young workers at his workshop. One of them is Mr. Yasuhiro Nakayama, who has joined and is learning traditional knife-making processes. Master Saji has noted his design talent and has collaborated with him to create an unique design series of Chef knives.
The blade and handle have unique shapes and designs. Here are Mr. Nakayama's design concepts.
The handle is hand contoured and finger grooved with a beveled hole to fit with your hand firmly and comfortably. The blade has a finger rest (stopper) on the back, that can help precise control for a pull stroke (Gyuto). His suggested two grip styles are shown in the photos, but it's up to you how you grip it.
The blade is made of VG-10 core forge layered of 63 Nickel and Stainless Damascus steels, and is hamaguri-ba ground to a sharp hand honing edge. This unique series come with a red velvet lined wooden Kiri presentation box, and Ironwood Handle.
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 New Design VG-10 Custom Damascus Series Gyuto
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Ironwood Handle
Saya Included: No.
Gyuto 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 185mm
Total Length: 295mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 40mm
Handle Length: 104mm
Total Weight: 158g
Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
Cutting edge length: 217mm
Total Length: 335mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 117mm
Total Weight: 196g
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.