Kawamura Sakimaru-Gyuto Aogami #2 Damascus 220mm (8.7")
Kawamura Sakimaru-Gyuto represents the ultimate craftsmanship of Japanese knives. It originates from one of the most famous knife centres in Japan, the city of Sakai, and is hand-crafted by the artisans of the Sakai Kikumori smithy. The distinctive Sakimaru tip is a tad rounder than usual, resulting in a smoother look. The blade's finish is a beautiful damascus pattern that flows over the kireha — and stretches almost all the way down to the cutting edge.
Knife obsession is a very real thing. It's a good kind of obsession. The kind that results in ideas popping up when you’re brewing your first morning coffee and that motivates you to keep discovering, to keep widening your horizons.
It was one of these idle moments when an idea popped into Luka’s* head. Single bevel knives. The specificity of their tasks is what scares a lot of users from using single bevel knives, believing they are too advanced for them.
This kind of geometry enables a half-size, much sharper angle, and consequently higher sharpness of the knife, which cuts more cleanly than double bevel knives. The main advantage in terms of function is that the blade pushes the slice of food that is being cut off away from the blade, causing it to fall away from the knife. The flat edge on the opposite side (uraoshi side) has a slight concave grind to it, which breaks the surface tension between the knife and the food. This allows the flat side of the knife to glide against the food with much less resistance.
* Luka is the founder of SharpEdge. Get to know the team by clicking this link.
While this knife may not be the star player of the food prep team, it is however the perfect love-child of the single-bevel knife shapes. Its wide profile, similar to that of an usuba or a deba, gives it all the makings of a chef's go-to knife for precise and complex techniques, like the julienne or the Japanese katsuramuki. Despite the age-old saying, (in the kitchen) size does in fact matter, and the knives listed above usually lack it. This is where the lengthy gyuto really shines - the 220 mm blade is perfect for longer, precise pulling motions used when slicing meat and filleting fish too.
To sum up: by joining a universal shape with a single bevel grind (giving the knife the width of a gyuto, with all the perks of a chisel ground knife) we managed to get the best of both worlds.
This blade is exclusive to SharpEdge and was created in collaboration with Sakai Kikumori.
This gyuto differs from others of its kind by two very distinct characteristics. The first one is the grind, and the second is the blade’s unusual shape. The spine is straight and the belly tapers in a continuous curve, until making a sharp turn right before the point. This is where the name sakimaru comes from, it refers to tanto tip.
The single bevel blade is suitable 🚨 for right-handed users only!
The blade was forged by master blacksmith Nakagawa-san. Its construction is called ni-mai. The hard core is made out of Aogami #2 (we recommend oiling the blade regularly - see Knife maintenance). The jigane consists of several layers of steel, forming a raindrop Damascus pattern (for more, read Blade construction: Blade Finish).
The front surface of the blade is adorned with a hand-chiseled kanji, while the uraoshi side bears the mark of the core steel and a wavy line denoting the border between the hagane and jigane. This cladding line can only be done by an experienced blacksmith.
The blade is fitted with an octagonal traditional Japanese handle, made out of rosewood and a buffalo horn ferrule. The combination was carefully chosen - the difference in colors is very subtle, resulting in an elegant look.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
Sakai Kikumori has been producing kitchen knives with skilled craftsmen since 1925. The chef's culture has been supported by the creation of traditional knives in Sakai, a town known as the home of kitchen cutlery in Japan. Kikumori smithy is considered one of the best knife makers in the region.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: Aogami #2
Blade construction: Ni-mai / Damascus
Hardness (HRC scale): 62-63
Overall length: 366mm (14.4")
Blade length: 220mm (8.7")
Blade height: 54mm (2.1")
Spine thickness: 3.3mm (0.13")
Weight: 200g (7.1 oz)
Handle length: 134mm (5.3")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Sakai Kikumori
Location of the smithy: SAKAI / Osaka 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.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use 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.
❗️A knife is a tool intended for specific use: it’s not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc. Kitchen knives are meant for preparing food.
→ For more details, read our guide on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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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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