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Kato Damascus Gyuto 210mm
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Kato Damascus Gyuto 210mm

Item #: Kato Damascus Gyuto 210
Our Price: $1,050.00
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We have several licensed swordsmiths on our site and here is a great new addition to that list. Kiyoshi Kato was born in 1944 and has been making knives for 50 years. We plan on a visit to Kato-san on our next trip to Kiyoshi Kato is one of the most highly regarded sword and knife smiths in Japan. He has been making hand-forged blades using very, very traditional techniques for over 50 years and now works out of a small shop in Hokuto City. Due to the limited production and high demand for Mr. Katoís blades, his Yoshiaki Fujiwara brand of knives sell out very quickly.

Mr. Kato is particularly adept with White steel and as such, we are offering his knives in Shirogami #2. These knives are coated in a clay mixture before being heat treated in a charcoal fire pit during the pre-dawn hours letting the smith determine optimal heat treatment by the nuanced color of the steel. After being heated, the knives are water quenched. Along with the generous amount of core steel used in the forging process, and the relatively thick spines of these knives, this treatment/quenching process results in some of the stiffest and hardest W#2 knives we have ever handled.

The grinds on all of Katoís knives are immaculate with subtle convexing and a nice thinness behind the edge. The cutting performance is phenomenal, providing a completely singular experience for the user. In many cases, the difference between a Damascus clad knife and a kasumi, or non-Damascus clad, knife by the same smith is only aesthetic in nature. This is not the case with Katoís Damascus blades. Kato uses harder high carbon steel for the Damascus cladding which results in additional strength and rigidity, which allows the smith to use less metal. As a result, these knives are a bit thinner and lighter than the non-damscus knives Kato produces. In addition, because of the slightly alloyed carbon steel that is used for the cladding, they are less reactive as well. This 210mm gytuo runs slightly undersized, but does not lack in cutting power. One would be hard pressed to find any other knife in this format that can handle hard, dense ingredients with the same aptitude as the Yoshiaki Fujiwara 210mm Damascus gyuto.

  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Blade Length: 210 mm (8.25")
  • Overall Length: 345 mm (13.5")
  • Thickness at Heel: 4.2 mm
  • Blade Height: 45.4 mm
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