Gyuto knife, Aogami 1 carbon steel, damascus finish - Ikeda
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This gyuto is made by the legendary Yoshikazu Ikeda. He is the current chairman of the Sakai dentokogeshi (traditional skilled crafts)association.
SHAPE: Gyuto. This is the Japanese version of the western chef knife.
STEEL: Aogami (blue paper) 1 steel. This is very similar to white paper steel but with tungsten and chromium added to it which helps with edge retention and slows down rusting. The difference between blue 1 and 2 is the amount of carbon present with 1 being the highest.
FINISH: Damascus or Suminigashi. This finish is created by repeatedly folding the steel and then forge welding this to the outside of the knife.
HANDLE: Octagonal ebony handle with buffalo horn ferrule.
LENGTH: 210mm in length.
MAKER: Yoshikazu Ikeda - Sakai City, Japan
BEST FOR: If you can’t quite stomach his thousand pound honyaki this is an excellent second best.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "I’m not usually a fan of damascus finishes but this thing pops."