Gyuto knife, Shirogami 1 core, iron clad, Damascus finish - Yoshikazu Tanaka
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Yoshikazu Tanaka is at the very top of the Sakai makers, he individually forges each knife. This range is forged with a workhorse profile, they also feature wide bevels, making sharpening much easier and a real joy.
SHAPE: Gyuto. Japan's answer to the chef's knife with a thinner profile. Gyuto translates to cow sword.
STEEL: Shirogami (white paper) 1 steel. This steel has the highest amount of carbon out of the paper steels so will get crazy sharp easily. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use.
FINISH: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect. This material is then clad around the core metal of the blade as an elaborate protective layer for the core steel - thus giving the knife a beautiful and striking appearance.
HANDLE: Walnut or teak handle, buffalo ferrule.
LENGTH: 210mm and 240mm in length.
MAKER: Yoshikazu Tanaka - Sakai city, Japan
BEST FOR: Everything apart from bones.
SAUNDERS SAYS: “I really love this steel for its ease of sharpening and these have the added bonus of of having a lovely weight to them.”