Gyuto knife, VG10 Stainless steel, tsuchime finish - Yu Kurosaki


Yu Kurosaki is a young blacksmith based in Takefu, Echizen. He started his blacksmithing career in 2002 apprenticing under Hiroshi Kato the then owner of Kanehiro. In 2018 he was given the award of Traditional Japanese Craftsman, a very high accolade. We are very proud to sell his knives and think he is a real one to watch in the future.

SHAPE: Gyuto. Japan's answer to the chef's knife with a thinner profile.

STEEL: VG10. A high performance, Japanese-made stainless steel

FINISH: Kurosaki’s unique scratch pattern finish is named after the Japanese wind gods (Fuji’s). Damascus or Suminigashi. This type of finish is made by repeatedly folding two different steels until they create the twisted and folded pattern. Generally speaking this is then used as a cladding so doesn’t affect the knife physically except for the looks  

HANDLE: Octagonal mono Keyaki wood. and Octagonal rosewood handle with a black pakkawood ferrule

LENGTH: 210mm and 240mm in length.

MAKER: Yu Kurosaki - Takefu, Japan.

BEST FOR: Those looking for a range of knives that is as functional as it is beautiful.


SAUNDERS SAYS: “We met Kurosaki San last time we were in Japan and we both immediately knew we wanted to sell his knives."