About the gyuto
If you’re looking to invest in one but a good quality knife, then you should be looking at chef’s knife – gyuto. While specialised knives may be easier to use in some applications, there are few chores that a Gyuto cannot do in a pinch. Gyuto knives were originally designed for cutting larger pieces of beef, which is where their name came from – it literally means “a cow sword”. Now, they are the must have knife in the kitchen as they are very versatile – they can easily cut meat, vegetables and fruit. The Gyuto has become very popular as more of a general purpose knife and serves a variety of functions. Its double bevel makes it perfect for both left and right-handed use.
About the blade
The blade is handcrafted with premium Japanese VG10 high-carbon stainless steel by skilled Japanese blacksmiths in Sakai. VG10 is a cutlery grade stainless steel, the name stands for V Gold 10 (“gold” meaning quality). It is a stainless steel with a high carbon content, making VG10 harder than most stainless steel types. With VG10 you get the hardness of a carbon steel but the corrosion resistance of stainless. Hence, VG10 steel offers an excellent balance between toughness, durability, and razor sharpness.
The blade has a Rockwell Hardness rating (HRC) of 62 which means the edge stays noticeably sharper for a longer time. It is forged with 46 layers Damascus steel which is legendary for its plasticity, hardness and distinctive patterns. The blade is designed to increase strength, edge-holding, and cutting ability.
About the handle
The beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European Maple Burl dyed in Olive Green, Mediterranean Blue or available in a Natural Brown colour. The wood is dried for two years before it undergoes the process of stabilisation and colour dying. This ensures the wood is completely waterproof to avoid bacteria growth and is able to last generations. The stabilised premium-cut maple burl is cut into the octagonal shaped ambidextrous handle, giving you a firm grip on the knife. Not only are the handles aesthetically pleasing, they are also perfectly balanced and light. This allows for maximum precision and more controlled movements during use. After all, maple wood is known for being a strong and durable wood with good resistance to decay.
All Sakai Kyuba knives come in a handcrafted, minimalist fine ash wooden box wrapped in a Japana signature illustration strip presenting Onna Bugeisha – Japanese women warriors. The box is filled with recycled wooden wool guaranteeing a safe transport and aesthetically pleasing unboxing experience.
Nothing about Sakai Kyuba is left to chance. It has been designed, forged and rigorously tested to serve your family for generations. Made from the highest quality V10 46-layer Damascus Hammered Stainless steel – sturdier and sharper than anything you have experienced before. Presented in a natural-coloured ash box for safe storage and keeping. Wrapped in a beautiful Japana illustration strip styled on ancient Japanese paintings. Backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Although inspired by over 600 years of tradition, each of the Sakai Kyuba 堺久馬 blades is absolutely unique. Every single one has been meticulously handmade and perfected in Japan by Sakai’s (堺市) master blacksmith. Each blade is then forged and hand-polished in Japan by master swordsmen using techniques perfected by their families over centuries. The handle and blade are satin-finished to a subtle, yet stunning lustre. Crafted, not manufactured. No handle pattern is the same, guaranteeing you a unique piece of craftsmanship.