Matsubara Damascus Gyuto 180 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length  185 mm
Total Length  331 mm
Steel  Ginsan (Silver #3)
Handle  Rosewood
Ferrule Black Buffalo Horn
Rockwell 61
Height Spine to heel  53 mm
Width at Spine  2.7 mm
Weight  140 g
Bevel  Double (50/50)

The Blacksmith 

Tanaka Kama Kogyo is the leader of the Matsubara hamono workshop and directs a small team of employees along with his son who is slated to take over operations after Tanaka-sans retirement. He forge welds the steel he uses to make his knives in house which is becoming a rarity even amongst skilled blacksmiths in Japan. They work in the Nagasaki region of Japan and make some truly awesome knives which are loved by knife enthusiasts for their edge retention and tall blades. Each blade is very handmade and unique, as head Blacksmith, Katsuto Tanaka-san, hand forges using traditional techniques, working with primarily Shirogami #2 and Aogami #2 steel. The family also has a history in sword-making and tool making, and has since transitioned to kitchen knives, for their practicality and growing demand for traditionally crafted products. 

Matsubara Hamono blades have an above average blade height, as they tend to lean over 50mm tall. Their profiles are easily recognizable for the height, as well as gentle curve, with a large flat spot towards the heel, making them very versatile in shape. The height makes knuckle clearance a non-issue, and doubles as an easy ingredient scooper! The blade width typically holds steady from heel to tip, and the thinness towards the edge varies from midweight to quite fine, making them feel robust with a smooth cutting feel.

The Knife

The Gyuto is the Japanese equivalent to a standard western style Chef's knife and is THE most versatile shape available. It can be used to break down fish and other animals, chop vegetables with both an up and down and rocking motion, slice cooked and raw proteins and anything else you can think of. We highly recommend this shape to anyone looking for that one go to knife they can grab with confidence for any task. 

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.
  • Simply Wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use to keep it from rusting or discouloring.
  • Never put your knife in the Dishwasher. The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.

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