Kobayashi Gyuto SG2 Morado 210mm is a laser-thin multi-purpose kitchen knife with excellent out-of-the-box sharpness!
SG2 is currently one of the more interesting steels, comparable in its properties to ZDP-189. Powder steels are more difficult to produce, but the final result is worth it, as they provide long-lasting sharpness, easy maintenance, exquisite sharpness… everything we look for in a knife that will serve as a real workhorse in a professional and home environment.
A lot of attention has been paid to small details, making the knife an excellent choice for the best chefs and most passionate knife enthusiasts.
Gyuto is the most versatile and useful blade shape in the modern kitchen. It has a wide profile for easy food transfer and tends to be fairly flat towards the heel, enabling easy and fast chopping on the cutting board. A pointed tip allows piercing and precise, delicate work. A slight curve between the tip and the midsection makes the belly great for rocking the blade back and forth when cutting. It can be used for cutting meat, fish and vegetables.
SG2 (also known as R2 steel) is a powder steel, renowned for its hardness and subsequent edge retention—due to a high carbon (C) content of 1.5%. The steel is also high in chromium (Cr)—around 15%, which adds to corrosion resistance and Molybdenum (Mo) that improves the blade’s wear resistance. R2 steel blades will be able to achieve a fine sharpness due to the fine microstructure of the steel and will keep it—without having to worry about maintenance and corrosion.
A high hardness of around 63 HRC means that the blade won’t be very tough, so the blade’s core was laminated using the san-mai method to improve its structural integrity and subsequent ability to withstand impacts and prevent chipping. San-mai translates to “three layers” in Japanese, referring to a blade that is composed of a primary, inner layer of harder steel (hagane) and of two secondary, outer layers of softer steel (jigane) that protect the prior.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade with a hamaguri convex grind which helps to prevent food from sticking to the blade.
The surface of the blade is polished and only a line along the cutting edge stands out from the otherwise minimalist look. This dividing line between hard inner SG2 steel and outer soft steel is called a “hairline finish”. A neat feature on the knife is a hand chiseled kanji.
The balance of the knife is ensured with a well designed blade-handle ratio, as the handle is made of morado wood and is octagonally shaped, comfortable to work with the right and left hand.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
Kei Kobayashi is an extremely talented sharpener and has worked for many of the best blacksmiths in Japan, putting his touch in the final knife making stages. Recently, he set out on his own with his first line of powder steel knives. Despite him being regarded as a relative novice in the master blacksmith circles, you would never be able to tell, as his knives far exceed all expectations, whether that is in terms of steel choice, precise workmanship, perfect finish and long-lasting sharpness.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: SG2/R2
Blade construction: San-mai / Migaki
Hardness (HRC scale): 64
Overall length: 353mm (13.8")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade height: 46mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 1.8mm (0.07")
Weight: 130g (4.5 oz)
Handle length: 127mm (4.5")
Handle type / wood: Japanese (Wa) style / Morado
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Kei Kobayashi
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.
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.
❗️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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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.
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- 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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