Harukaze VG-1 Gyuto 300mm (11.8")
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We are very happy to be able to introduce this new line to Japanese knives aficionados across the world! The minimalism and subtlety of design is what first drew us to this collection forged in Harukaze smithy.
Gyuto knife is a Japanese version of traditional European Chef knife; a multi-purpose knife, where blade lengths vary from 210mm (8.3") to as long as 300mm (11.8"). The longer ones primarily for cutting larger chunks of meat, while the shorter ones excel at slicing vegetables and cutting a steak or two.
This 300mm (11.8") Gyuto’s blade, at just 2.7mm (0.1"), is among the thinnest we have in our range. The knife has an immaculate "out of the box" sharpness, laser-thin spine of the blade, good balance and offers a lightweight feeling while in use.
VG-1 steel is synonymous with efficiency and durability and is extremely easy to maintain as the blade is completely stainless. Unlike other knives, this knife is not laminated and is made entirely of one steel, being of so-called "monosteel" construction.
The blade is minimalistic with a polished surface and an engraved signature by the master on the right side. The handle (traditional Japanese Wa) is oval and smooth, with no discernible transition between the walnut and maple wood. It’s suitable for both left- and right-handed users.
Where the blade meets the handle, you may notice a special feature called Machi spacing. This is a small gap between the lower part of the blade and the handle, which can be seen mostly in Yanagiba knives. It is a feature that pays tribute to Japanese swords and is typical mostly in the work of blacksmiths located in and around the Tokyo area. So don't worry, it is not a flaw in assembly of the blade and the handle, but rather a homage to Japanese forging tradition that could be displayed on a magnet right there on your kitchen wall. :)
Suitable for first-time buyers of a Japanese kitchen knife. It can also serve as a wonderful gift!
In Japanese the word Harukaze means "a windy spring". This smithy is famous for the best quality traditional steel used for the core of the blade, coupled with stainless outer layers and elegant wooden handles.
|Hardness (HRC scale):||58-61|
|Overall length:||459mm (18.1")|
|Blade length:||300mm (11.8")|
|Spine thickness:||2.7mm (0.1")|
|Weight:||215g (7.6 oz)|
|Handle length:||140mm (5.5")|
|Handle type / wood:||Japanese / Walnut, Maple|
Use & Care:
- Handwash in warm water and towel dry
- Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
- Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
- Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
- Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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