Master Takeshi Saji, known for his eye-catching and extravagant knives, played on the golden-orange hues of his now almost signature rainbow damascus finish and matched them with a striking cow bone handle. The latter might not be for everybody, but it makes this knife a very special piece. Etched tiger stripes flowing along the handle give the knife a primal look, and it has just as big an appetite for food as a hungry tiger waiting on its prey.
This fiery knife is not just an art piece to admire though, as it's still a great performer made of superior stainless VG-10 steel. So put it behind glass, show it to your friends, but make sure to use it as well!
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.
VG-10 (V for Vanadium, G for "gold" as in "gold standard") is made by Takefu Special Steel Company, a relatively small steel company that around 60 years ago managed to find just the right balance of different elements to create the most popular Japanese knife making steel today. VG-10 steel is stainless steel with relatively high Carbon (C) content (1%), 15% Chromium (Cr), 1% Molybdenum (Mo), 0.3% Vanadium (V) and 1.5% Cobalt (Co). The combination of Cr, Mo, and V forms a lot of hard carbides, making the steel abrasion resistant, which translates to long-lasting, smooth sharpness.
The blade’s unique look was achieved by wedging the blade's core between layers of softer, rust-resistant stainless steel, to which brass and copper were added. The result is a beautiful rainbow-colored Damascus pattern from which these knives got their name. This is not just a cosmetic feature, though, as the outer layers improve the knife's structural integrity and help prevent breakage, as well as any other damage such as corrosion of the blade.
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade.
Beautiful rainbow-colored Damascus pattern was achieved by adding brass and copper to the outer, protective layers of the blade.
This gyuto was fitted with a daring western style (Yo) handle made out of cow bone, which had pigments added to it to achieve a flashy orange color.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: San-Mai [brass + copper] / V-edge / damask
Hardness (HRC scale): 61
Overall length: 338mm (13.3")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade height: 45mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.08")
Weight: 215g (7.6 oz)
Handle length: 120mm (4.7")
Handle type / wood: Western (Yo) style / Cow bone
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Takeshi Saji
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.
✔ 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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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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