Yoshimi Kato R2/SG2 Black Damascus Gyuto with Honduras Wa-Handle
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This handcrafted Kurosome Damascus Gyuto by Yoshimi Kato is hand-forged with R2/SG2 core steel, with 63-layer black-etched Damascus cladding. The distal tapering is super amazing and the blade is extremely thin behind-the-edge. The laser blade is paired with an octagonal Wa-handle made of exotic Honduras Rosewood, with Red Pakkawood Kuchiwa.
The overall fit and finish of this knife are superior, with everything from the choil and spine of the blade to the handle, beautifully polished.
- Origin (Made in): Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Yoshimi Kato
- Craftsman: Yoshimi Kato
- Knife Type: Gyuto
- Construction: San Mai
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Hagane (Core Steel): R2/SG2
- Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
- Hardness: 63-64 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Kurosome (Black Etched)
- Blade Length: 210mm (8.3")/ 240mm (9.4")
- Blade Height (at heel): 47mm / 51mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 1.7mm / 1.8mm
- Middle: 1.6mm / 1.6mm
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Honduras Rosewood
- Kuchiwa: Red Pakkawood
- Length: 128mm / 140mm
- Overall Length: 356mm / 394mm
- Weight: 136g (4.80oz) / 163g (5.75oz)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Yoshimi Echizen" (義実 越前)
About Yoshimi Kato 加藤 義実
Yoshimi Kato (aka. Yoshimi Katou) is a renowned blacksmith in Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, and the 3rd generation Kato. Head of Kato Uchihamono, formerly known as Kintaro, Mr. Kato has apprenticed under his father - 2nd generation blacksmith - Hiroshi Kato for many years before taking over the family business. Mr. Kato is a master of heat-treating high-end steels such as SG2 and Aogami Super. His hand-forged Damascus is mesmerizing and his tsuchime finish aesthetically pleasing. Kato knives have a great reputation for being the finest example of Echizen craftsmanship.
Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.
First, it's gorgeous. Second, it's well made. This is clearly a hand-finished piece, you can tell by how the handle is epoxied onto the blade. Third, it's a razor. Fourth, it's a laser (because of how thin it is). Fifth it's super light. Finally, it's balanced perfectly for a pinch grip.
The only thing I dislike about this blade is food sticking during a cut, but that's a common problem with Damascus clad blades. I'm not attempting the world record at slicing an onion. I need a well-built, easy to wield, well-balanced, sharp blade.
This is all of those things.