JAPANESE KNIVES AND KNIFE SHARPENING
Mr Masutani is a knifemaker based in Takafu, Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture. He is a 4th generation knife maker with over 30 years’ experience. He is well known as skilled sharpener and wants to provide great knives at a great price. His knives are light and thin, a great first Japanese knife or gift.
The Japanese version of a western Chef’s Knife, based off of French chefs knives in the 1880’s it was designed for cutting meat, Gyuto translates to “meat sword”, but it is a versatile all round kitchen knife that can be used for rock or push cutting styles. Due to the harder steel used for the cutting edge, Japanese Gyuto’s generally have thinner blades than a western knife of the same size.
VG10 and VG1 are stainless steels that make great kitchen knives. They are made by Takefu Steel and are very tough, corrosion resistant cutlery steels. VG10 is a more complex alloy but both hold a sharp edge well, they are great steels for any kitchen.
Measurements and photographs are taken from a random knife and may differ from the knife you receive.