Chef's Knife (Gyuto) - Tsuchime Shirogami #1 (Carbon Steel) - 8 1/4 in. (210mm)
Product Description for Chef's Knife (Gyuto) - Tsuchime Shirogami #1 (Carbon Steel) - 8 1/4 in. (210mm)
Maker: Yoshimune (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97532
Blade length: 8.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.25 in.
Total length: 14.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 2.02 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 6.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged shirogami #1 carbon steel set between layers of hammer finished (tsuchime) stainless steel
Bolster: Black pakkawood
Handle: Macassar ebony with a stainless steel spacer
Description: The gyuto is the essential kitchen knife. It's used for all the same purposes as a chef's knife—all-around food preparation, but the gyuto has less curve than a Western chef's knife, which means it contacts the cutting board along more of its length, so more food is cut per slice. The Yoshimune Gyuto has a gentle roll off the tip compared to the large roll of a Western style knife, so it needs to be lifted less, making cutting more efficient. Once you try the Yoshimune Gyuto, you'll wonder what you ever did without it.
Sumio Kawamura is a third generation bladesmith working in a small forge in Niigata. Born in 1948, he began making knives at 25 years old. Though he used to work with his father and others, as they retired, he began working by himself. His brand name, Yoshimune, was founded in 1916.
Kawamura-san forges his knives by hand, beginning with a high performing shirogami #1 carbon steel core. The high carbon content of Shirogami #1 (1.3%), combined with Kawamura’s exceptional heat treatment, creates a cutting edge that is both exceptionally keen, and long lasting.
Making the knife easier to care for, the carbon steel core was forge welded between protective layers of stainless steel. While it is much easier to care for this knife than a full carbon steel knife, it still must be hand washed and dried to avoid rusting the core. We recommend using camellia oil to avoid rust and oxidation.
Kawamura-san is well known for his unique textured blade finish, which helps food release from the sides of the knife. This textured finish, known as tsuchime, is created by hammer-texturing the blade. The tsuchime created by Kawamura is particularly bold and elegant.
The premium octagonal handle is formed from macassar ebony (Diospyros celebica) with a black pakkawood ferrule. A stainless steel spacer adds nice contrast. This handle holds up extremely well in the harsh environment of the kitchen. Like other kitchen knives, this knife should not be put in a dishwasher.
Both the blade (which features a 50/50 grind) and octagonal handle are ambidextrous.
Availability: Backordered - usually ships in 1-2 months