Masutani Kokuryu Gyuto 180 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length 180 mm
Total Length 305 mm
Steel VG-10
Handle Blue Pakka Wood
Ferrule Welded Steel 
Rockwell 61
Height Spine to heel 43 mm
Width at Spine 1.5 mm
Weight 135 grams
Bevel  Double (50/50)

Masutani Hamono

works in a small shop behind his house located in the famous Takefu Knife village. He primarily works on his own but gets help from his two grandson's on the weekends and his Son in law who he would like to take over the business when he retires. He is a master sharpener and takes great pride in making sure every knife that leaves his shop is razor sharp. He makes beautiful and affordable knives that we highly recommend to home users looking for something that performs well, won't break the bank and is easy to maintain.

Takefu Knife Village

The Takefu Knife Village is a cooperative workshop in the Echizen region of Japan. It is the home to a long list of blacksmiths that we work with and many young and upcoming apprentices learning the trade. The area has a 700 year long history of smithing with roots in agricultural tools turned cutlery powerhouse. 

The Knife

This particular Gyuto is quite light and is balanced right down the middle. The thin blade gives it a really amazing cutting feel and the VG-10 steel has great edge retention. The Gyuto is the Japanese equivalent to the standard western style chefs knife and is easily the most versatile knife shape available. It can be used to chop fruits and vegetables, slice meat and is even great at breaking down smaller fish. 


Knife Care (Stainless Steel)

  • Although this knife is made from stainless steel we do still encourage our customers to keep their knives as dry and clean as possible.
  • NO DISHWASHER - the high heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Wash and dry by hand using regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Ensure the knife is dry before being put away for storage and ensure the edge of the knife is protected to avoid any unnecessary dulling.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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