Out of stock. Konosuke 210mm Wa Gyuto ZDP189. This is a brand new line of knives from Konosuke. These gyutos are made with ZDP189 steel which is considered a really fine steel. Although the exact formuation is kept proprietary by Hitachi, we think it is 3% carbon and 20% chromium. This makes the knife both hard and tough. Some makers heat treat this steel up to 67-68 HRC but these knives are heat treated at 65-66 HRC. The knives are solid not clad and take a wicked edge. The knives come with a saya. This one comes with a custom handle by our woodworker Isaiah Schroeder.
this knife as a utility knife is pretty close to perfect.
210mm length and just enough knuckle clearance plays nice with cutting boards while working good in your hands as well.
the steel holds an edge extremely well and responds superbly to light honing.
sharpening takes a touch more effort than most others but not difficult.
it does not need to be babied,the thing’s a rock star,if you let it be.
SIX+ STAR!!! Got this with a custom maple handle & had KEN shape edge & sharpen it. KILLER EDGE!!! Most impressive is the weight (or lack there of) - feather light. My favorite knife,only negative is that for some items I chop/dice is that at 210mm (around 8") it is a bit short at times. If You want a thicker heavier knife buy a Watanabe,but if You want a Light Laser Edge Knife THIS IS IT. ZDP-189 steel is not cheap (HRC 66),but YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! The Konosuke HD series is also great but a bit more weighty (not as light). Again I STRESS **KILLER EDGE**
Outstanding knife. I was looking for a smaller,laser edge knife,and this knife is it! I ordered mine with a custom handle (different from the one in the photo),and Mark and Isaiah did a fantastic job!!!