Gyuto: A general-purpose knife that most chefs would say they could not do without. This knife is the Japanese knife makers answer to the western “chef knife”. Gyuto translates to “cow blade”. They are generally tall at the heel, flat throughout, and rounded toward the tip of the knife for rock chopping. I would use my gyuto for just about anything, from butchering certain fish, to brunoise veg, to cutting the cake. Any good chef will tell you to buy a quality Gyuto first, and build the the rest of your knife kit around it.
- Steel: Shirogami #2 (White Carbon)
- HRC: 62:63
- Length: 195mm
- Height at heel: 45.7mm
- Spine thickness above heel: 2.9mm
- Weight: 139g
- Handle: Wa-Octagonal Magnolia w/Buffalo Horn Collar
- Construction: Iron Clad San-Mai
- Edge/Bevel: 50/50
- Shape: Gyuto
- Knife line: Gokujyo
- Finish: Migaki
- Blacksmith: Yoshikazu Tanaka
- Maker: Sakai Kikumori
- Place of Origin: Seki, Japan
CARE FOR YOUR CARBON STEEL KNIVES
Anyone who has used a carbon knife can testify that they are awesome. They cut beautifully, they sharpen easier than stainless knives, and generally look rad when handled and cared for properly.
The downside to owning a carbon steel knife is that is can rust. To avoid rusting, please wipe the blade clean after use, and NEVER store a knife that is not dry.
After time, with proper care, you will develop what is called patina. The patina on your blade will only get better looking over time, and will become more resistant to oxidation.
If you do happen to notice a little rust forming, not to worry, simply use a soft sponge or scrubby (never use steel) with warm soapy water to remove. Afterwards apply a small amount of camellia oil or mineral oil, and away you go!