Migaki Chef's Knife - Gyuto, 240mm (9-1/2 in.) with Saya
Product Description for Migaki Chef's Knife - Gyuto, 240mm (9-1/2 in.) with Saya
Maker: Yoshikazu Ikeda (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93391
Blade length: 9.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 9.25 in.
Total length: 15.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.75 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 8.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 15.8 oz.
Blade: Hand forged Shirogami 2 (white #2) carbon steel with satin finish
Bolster: Buffalo horn
Handle: Ho wood
Sheath: Ho wood saya
Description: Yoshikazu Ikeda is one of the finest smiths in Sakai, Japan. Ikeda has been making knives and swords for over 40 years, beginning in his early 20s. In 1988, he was recognized as a dentoukougeishi by the Japanese government and since 2001 he has been the chairman of the association of dentoukougeishi. Dentoukougeishi are highly skilled master artisans recognized by the Japanese government for their commitment to protecting traditional arts and techniques.
The gyuto is modeled after the French pattern chef's knife. Longer and slimmer than the santoku, it is suited to preparation of meat and may be used as a general purpose chef's knife. The long blade is needed for the sawing motion required to cut meat and the slim profile keeps the weight low and the balance right.
These knives are completely hand forged by a true master. The center layer of hard Shirogami #2 is clad on both sides with mild steel, resulting in a keen, long lasting edge. White steel is a favorite of sushi chefs for tasks in which a very fine edge is essential. It is a steel that tests the skill of the bladesmith in both forging and heat treating. A distal taper ensures a perfect balance.
The octagonal handle is comfortable for both right and left handed users. It is formed from ho wood, the traditional wood for Japanese knife handles. Ho wood holds up extremely well in the harsh environment of the kitchen. A buffalo horn ferrule completes the handle. Like other kitchen knives, this knife should not be put in a dishwasher. We recommend using camellia oil to avoid rust.
This knife is accompanied by a handmade ho wood saya (blade guard) with ebony pin. This protects the knife's edge while in transport and storage.
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days