Average rating is 4.7
By: Steve G.St. Louis,MO
Kudos to Mark on creating this knife! It represents a great value for the money.
The profile is a Funayuki/Gyuto style quite similar to the Konosuke HD2 240 Funi/Gyuto,only shorter. (I own the Kono BTW).
The handle is very,very nice. The yew wood is harder and more nicely finished that your typical Ho wood found in many Japanese (Wa) handles.
This knife has a longer neck into the handle from the back of the blade. Longer than the Konosuke. I really like the extra neck length when using a pinch knife grip.
The blade height is shorter than many 240 Gyutos at just over 45mm,but it didnít seem that short during actual use. Iím actually going to put this knife to use doing double duty as a Sujihiki slicer.
The factor edge on the blade is very sharp OOTB. It appears to be a 70/30 or 80/20 edge bevel,with the 70/80 on the right side of the blade. Iím a lefty and I had no steering issues at all.
I know the steel (AUS-8) is not supposed to be quite as good as the AEB-L used in the most of the Artifex line,but from my research so far,AUS-8 is said to sharpen easily and take a very good edge,but the edge retention is not as good as something like AEB-L,depending on the heat treatment used on this steel.
Iíll report back on edge retention after using the knife for a while.
Overall - this knife looks great,feels good to use,is sharp OOTB,and performs quite well in my limited use. At this price point - itís a killer value!
This knife is an amazing bargain! At $79.95 (or even $99.95) you’re not going to get the fit and finish of a Konosuke but with a few tweaks you can come pretty close. OFTB it was satisfactorily sharp but not scary sharp. The first tweak I made was,using automotive sandpaper,to round and polish the spine and the choil area. Then I re-sharpened it to a scary sharp edge (the edge appears to be 70/30 asymmetrical). The result is a very thin blade,a very light knife,nice wa-handle and a great shape. I haven’t had it long enough to find out how this stainless steel holds its edge,but so far I’m very impressed. It’s like buying a $300-$400 knife for $126.96.36.199
First off,when i received this knife,there was an immediate wow factor concerning how the knife looked and felt. However,it looks like a 5-star knife but behaves like a 4-star. Do not get me wrong,this knife is fantastic especially in relation to its inexpensive cost. The steel is ok; sharpens easily and cuts reasonably well. It is extremely light and comfortable either in a pinch or neck grip. The only thing left is how long it holds its edge and that would take some time to figure out. Highly recommended to someone willing to try out a wa handle Japanese knife at a fraction of the cost.0.3
By: michael millssonora,ca.
This is a great knife for the price,with an easy to maintain stainless steel blade that cuts well. After cutting restaurant quantities of onions and tomatoes there is no blade discoloration. The geometry of the knife blade is very good,without a lot of belly. There is a somewhat flat spot at the heel that I really appreciate,but the knife could be used for that rocking cutting motion,for those of you who depend on that. This knife is MUCH better than any Henckels I have owned. My Konosuke HD Wa,Moritaka Supreme and Takeda gyutos hold an edge longer,but the price is much much greater. The $330 I paid for my Takeda 240 gyuto could go a long way toward building a knife set with the Richmond Artifex series. However,I am kind of a knife nut. I like those other knives. My calamity is my salvation. Have a nice day.0.3
Great knife at this price point...first test was the newspaper test right out of the box and it passed with flying colors...the fit and finish goes right along with the great collaboration with Fujiwara...Good knife at this price point that’s all I have to say...THANKS!0.3
By: Craig LSparks,NV
I am really enjoying this knife. It’s my first Wa handled knife and I love the light nimble feel of this knife. It came very sharp OTB and is super fun to use. Make it with AEB-L please!0.3
By: Janny Kimcolumbia,md
Overall,great knife for the price. As for f&f,just average. I was quite disappointed with it not having a round choil and spine. The edge ootb wasnt scary sharp but sharp enough. Super easy to sharpen and beautiful profile. I was surprised by how round the heel and belly was but a quick sharp session will easily resolve that. I think that a richmond kanji would be more appropriate with it being a wa gyuto. Overall,beautiful work mark!0.3
By: RomzSan fran,CA
very nice gyuto... would rival the expensive ones.. been using it for more than a month. and the edge still remains..0.3
By: Dayn P.Chapel Hill,NC
I just received my Artifex Gyuto last night along with a Tojiro ITK Nakiri. OOTB,the Richmond is laser sharp. Much more so than the Tojiro. It passes the paper towel test with scarily flying colors. Fit and finish are great,and the balance is very nice. Compared to my 210mm Tojiro DP chef’s knife,this thing feels weightless. Will definitely buy more Richmond products!0.3
Damn it so disappointing,I had this in my cart since early this morning,went to order it,error message popped up,it removed itself from my cart and it was sold out. Man I wish I just ordered it earlier. 0.3
So I snatched this up when it came back in stock and have had it for awhile now but just started using it a lot recently and this is a really impressive knife. 0.3
At this price point you’re not going to find a nicer more serviceable knife,especially with a handle like this.
I thought it was a tad dull OOTB when I first got it,but now having put it through it’s paces for a couple days of heavy prep nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s toothy and quite sharp,I’m going to take it to stones later this week to see what it’s really got.
Solid fit and finish and it’s just sexy looking.
It looks exceptionally long for a 240,but it’s nimble and light and handles very nicely.
I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for a Gyuto in this price range and truthfully I’d imagine this would hold it’s own against knives priced much higher.
This is pretty much an ace entry in Japanese knives yet still an awesome addition to any mid-priced type of collection.
Props to Mark on this one.
By: Mike CrabtreeJacksonville,Fl.
The knife is very sharp and feels good in my hands. It slices nicely0.3
By: henJerusalem Israel
im currently usnig this knife for more then 3 month in professional kitchen.0.3
the knife is light,the F&F is great and it can take a really nice edge.
for me the only problem was the edge
retention,but i guess that’s the price you need pay.
overall its great value and i really love it .