Kajiwara Gyuto Aogami #2 Kuro-uchi 210mm (8.3")
✔︎ No import fees & duties - worldwide
Kajiwara Gyuto Kuro-uchi is a multi-purpose knife that will impress most admirers of traditional Japanese knives.
The double-bevel traditional Japanese knife is somewhat heavier than similar varieties, but due to the narrowing of the spine of the blade (from 4.9 mm at the handle to 1 mm at the tip of the blade), it is excellently balanced. It requires minimal force to cut and due to its classic appearance (and the rustic kuro-uchi blade finish), it will complement any kitchen, be it a home or professional one. Due to the characteristics of the Aogami #2 steel, the knife is easy to maintain and will keep its sharpness for longer than comparable European stainless steel knives. The knife has a traditional oval-shaped Japanese Wa handle made from rosewood and is comfortable for both right- and left-handed use.
The Aogami #2 steel core, the premium rosewood handle, and the masterful craftsmanship of Kajiwara smithy make this gyuto the crème de la crème of traditional Japanese knives with an excellent ratio between price and quality.
❗ Warning: Due to the specific requirements of professional chefs, the blade is not fully sharpened in the last stage of the fine sharpening process, only to 80%. This way chefs can adjust the final sharpness of the blade to their requirements and taste. Despite this, the blade is still extremely sharp, so be careful! If you want us to sharpen the blade fully for you, contact us while placing the order.
🚩 The blade can develop a patina
As Aogami steel contains a lower proportion of chromium, such a blade will acquire a patina over the course of use (which is part of the charm of this knife). The advantage of this steel is that it has a very fine, delicate sharpness, is easy to sharpen, and stays sharp for a very long time. This knife is not machine washable, it is best washed by hand and wiped with a cloth. We recommend using a blade care oil regularly.
Read more about patina and blade maintenance in this article.
Kajiwara is a third-generation blacksmith from the town of Tosa, renowned for his traditional methods of forging and the experience of his lineage will be evident the very first time your fingers run across his beautiful knives that are extremely durable and sharp.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: Aogami #2
Blade construction: San-mai / Kuro-uchi, kasumi
Hardness (HRC scale): 62-63
Overall length: 350mm (13.8")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade height: 48mm (1.9")
Spine thickness: 4.9mm (0.19")
Weight: 180g (6.3 oz)
Handle length: 128mm (5")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Tsutomu Kajiwara
Location of the smithy: ECHIZEN - TAKEFU KNIFE VILLAGE / Fukui Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
☝️ THIS KNIFE MAY DEVELOP PATINA
Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:
✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.
A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).
→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.
GENERAL KNIFE CARE TIPS:
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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- Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.
DUTIES AND IMPORT TAXES:
We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.
- Europe: 1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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