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Richmond Artifex AEB-L Gyuto 210mm
Richmond Artifex AEB-L Gyuto 210mm
Richmond Artifex AEB-L Gyuto 210mm

Richmond Artifex AEB-L Gyuto 210mm

Item #: Artifex-Gyuto-210mm

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Gyutos are the Japanese chef knife. The one knife almost every cook that is into Japanese knives owns. They are regarded as an all round cutter, slicer and chopper.

The Richmond Artifex AEB-L Gyuto is a great knife for professional line chefs and enthusiast home cooks looking for a start in the world of Japanese style knives. It is made from a single piece (mono steel) of stainless steel called AEB-L. This rugged steel was originally developed for use in the manufacture of razor blades. It has has since proved to be an excellent steel for use in kitchen knives. It has really good edge retention and is relatively easy to sharpen.

The Artifex AEB-L gyuto weighs 6oz which is about the average for this style of knife. It comes with a very nice thin grind and gentle distal taper. It has a nice thin tip too. The edge profile is fairly flat and it is quite sharp out of the box but can be improved on with a simple touch up on some fine stones.

The knife comes with a well made, nicely finished black linen micarta composite handle which does not have a traditional bolster. Consequently it feels rather like a Western-Japanese hybrid. So itís a good choice for both pinch and racket style grips.

  • Name: Richmond Artifex
  • Steel: AEB-L (13C26)
  • Hardness: HRC 60.5-61
  • Grind: Convex
  • Edge: V at 15 Degrees
  • Taper: Distal
  • Style: Yo Gyuto/Western Chef
  • Handle: 2 Rivet Linen Micarta
  • Spine thickness: 2mm at heel
  • Weight 6oz
  • Height 43.4mm at the heel.
  • Total Length: 330mm
  • Made in the USA with our partner Lamson & Goodnow

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  Product Review, April 9, 2014
    Posted By: Jerry Fragapane - verified customer

    I bought this knife on the recommendation of a local knife sharpener, and I couldn't be happier. I'm not a professional, just a home cook, but this knife is fantastic. It's well-balanced, solidly built, and I know I'll have and use this for a long time.

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    5  Product Review, March 10, 2014
    Posted By: Larry Cook - verified customer

    Got it with the sharpening service and it's the sharpest knife I've ever used. Wish I would 've got got the 240mm though.

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    3  Product Review, February 18, 2014
    Posted By: Brian Chang - verified customer

    Razor sharp out of the box, rust stains easily need to wipe dry!

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    5  Product Review, February 15, 2014
    Posted By: Courtney - verified customer

    Got got with the extra finish, was laser out of the box. After heavy use, takes an edge readily without much work. This knife is a serious workhorse that replaced our MAC Mighty for everyday prepwork. It's weight it a little more to the rear of the MAC, making the blade feel a bit lighter. The blade shape is substantially different but easy to work with and a seamless transition. For the price, it's a no-brainer. Buy two.

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    5  Product Review, February 5, 2014
    Posted By: Garth Proctor - verified customer

    In my humble (yet moderately informed) opinion, the Artifex gyuto is the best value in a kitchen knife currently available!

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    5  Product Review, January 27, 2014
    Posted By: Jerry Ross - verified customer

    I am very pleased with my purchase of the Artifex 201mm Gyuto. The balance and fit in my hand is just what I like and it quickly felt like a natural extension of my hand.

    My only regret is that I couldn't figure out how to purchase the hand sharpening (It was not available via the drop down menu on Mac). Even with the factory edge which is understandably not very sharp, I find this knife great to work with. I really look forward to using it once I find someone locally to hand sharpen it.

    Thanks Mark for such a great knife at such an affordable price.


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    5  Product Review, September 24, 2013
    Posted By: Karlo - verified customer

    Quality is beyond the price.

    I work in a pro kitchen, and I have cut so much stuff with this thing, cut through chicken bones, pork ribs, thinking, sh*t, i have to sharpen this tomorrow after all that. Then the next day, just a few passes on my steel and it's sharp again... It has been 3 months since I last sharpened it, and it's still sharp. I think it the AEB-L steel.

    I used to have a devin thomas itk and they are sort of similar in performance.

    I also have had a hiromoto, shuns, takeda, and currently only own 2 murray carters, a mac and an artifex.

    And I'm dead serious, I am actually putting my carter funayuki on ebay.

    I'm not saying that this knife is actually better than a carter. I just tend to reach for it when sh*t starts hitting the fan.

    BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. i kid you not...


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    4  Product Review, August 23, 2013
    Posted By: Peter - verified customer

    I think this knife is a pretty good value for the money, and unless you've already made the foray into much nicer knives, this should be satisfactory, especially if you're coming from Western knives.

    For the cost, you're looking at a Fujiwara FKM knife or Tojiro DP knife (or perhaps something out there I'm missing, I'm excluding carbon knives in this selection). I personally don't like cladded knives so I didn't chose the Tojiro. The Fujiwara is thinner behind the edge so it cuts better. However, this thinner edge makes it a little more delicate, although the softer steel of the Fujiwara may balance it out a bit compared to the Artifex. The Fujiwara also has less edge retention due to a softer steel. Do not get too caught up on steel quality though as knife geometry and heat treatment have have bigger effects on the knife than minor difference between the quality of steel. Do not expect these knives to be of the Devin Thomas quality just because AEB-L is used.

    With that being said, I do think that the heat treatment on the knife is done decently. As I mentioned earlier, the knife is thick behind the edge (still thinner than most German knives though) which means it can wedge a bit when cutting, and food tends to stick more than it would on a thinner knife. The knife is convex, but it seems that the thickness of the knife behind the edge negates any food release benefits from it. The thickness does make the edge less prone to chipping though. The edge retention is decent, and I've sharpened it about twice in the last two months use with pretty heavy use. If your a fan of thin knives, this knife desperately needs to be thinned, but with a few hours of work, I think it's a pretty good knife. I'm not a huge fan of the handle, and I wish it had a little more texture on it for grip. The choil and spine is slightly rounded, although I'd like to see a little more choil rounding. These last two fit and finish issues may just be a result of the price point though, and once again, I think this is a pretty good knife for the price.


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    4  Product Review, July 30, 2013
    Posted By: Rtb178 - verified customer

    An excellent knife. Lighter and more agile than our global knife, but able to perform all the same tasks. Comfortable in both large and normal hands. The knife came with a few scratches on the blade, but it's an excellent value, so it is what it is.

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    3  Product Review, July 30, 2013
    Posted By: Jeff - verified customer

    Very sturdy knife but is entirely to thick behind the edge and is aggravating to use without a good thinning. Good knife once you get it thinned down.

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    5  Product Review, June 14, 2013
    Posted By: ChrisE - verified customer

    I love this knife. It holds an edge for a very long time. It's a bit easier to put a good edge on than a standard stainless blade (VG1, VG10) The only ding against it is food had a habit of sticking to it. For the price this knife cannot be beat.

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    5  Product Review, May 30, 2013
    Posted By: Jody - verified customer

    I decided my cooking needs were finally outpacing the quality of the no-name stainless steel chef's knife I purchased from Sams. After weeks of research I chose to go with the Artifex. I can tell you this knife has made a wholesale improvement to my prep time and quality. I went with the finish sharpening option and it arrive promptly with an edge that slices through veggies and meat with little to no resistance. The knife is light, sharp, and sturdy. Love the feel and quality of the handle also.

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    5  Product Review, May 30, 2013
    Posted By: Jody - verified customer

    I decided my cooking needs were finally outpacing the quality of the no name stainless steel chef's knife I purchased from Sams. After weeks of research I chose to go with the Artifex. I can tell you this knife has made a wholesale improvement to my prep time and quality. I went with the finish sharpening option and it arrive promptly with an edge that slices through veggies and meat with little to no resistance. The knife is light, sharp, and sturdy. Love the feel and quality of the handle also.

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    5  Product Review, May 22, 2013
    Posted By: Andrew - verified customer

    I love this knife, out of the box it sliced paper perfectly (regular edge) once this edge wheres down I'll put a good polished edge with my edge pro. The wife rolled her eyes when i bought this, until she used it, now I'm always washing this thing and not more complaints from the kitchen for I need your help now I have permission to order more :)

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    4  Product Review, December 22, 2012
    Posted By: Teo - verified customer

    This is a very good knife despite its inexpensive cost. It is well made with an attractive pakka wood handle. I got the finished sharpened version and used it immediately for dinner. Loved the way it cut but it was a bit toothy for my liking. That aside, I loved the feel of the knife. It is very comfortable even for large hands like mine. I would recommend this knife for anyone who has an interest in testing out Japanese blades.

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    5  Product Review, November 17, 2012
    Posted By: Rodney - verified customer

    My first introduction to a quality knife. So far I love it. Ootb it was not sharp but with a little work on the stones I was able to get it √ľber sharp, and that's saying a lot since I'm a novice sharpener. The fit and finish is great and nicely balanced. It's been a few weeks and the edge retention is holding great. I highly recommend this knife. Service from cktg is top notch.

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    5  Product Review, October 18, 2012
    Posted By: Eric - verified customer

    Really solid for the money! Easy to maintain an edge with minimal work. Holds a candle if not surpasses knives and double the price especially vg10 blades.

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    5  Product Review, September 9, 2012
    Posted By: Darrell Milton - verified customer

    Absolutely beautiful knife. Very sharp, and easy to use. My girlfiend thought her old Henkels were the bomb until she used the Richmond Artifex I gave her as a gift!

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    5  Product Review, September 9, 2012
    Posted By: C. J. Doyle - verified customer

    This knife is an exceptional performer, especially in regard to its modest cost. It is well balanced,well made and has held its edge very well with only light honing. Difficult to surpass for the price.

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    4  Product Review, August 29, 2012
    Posted By: Sean - verified customer

    Great knife, had the additional sharpening added on and was not disappointed. Found the balancing point of the knife to be in an awkward spot just before the handle meets the heel of the knife, only a minor drawback though.

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    5  Product Review, July 23, 2012
    Posted By: Ross - verified customer

    I got the finish sharpened version. It is now the sharpest knife we own. My only criticism (though I don't think it warrants dropping a star) is that the spine is not nicely rounded like the Fanatic cleaver that I also have. But that's something that can be fixed on the first re-sharpening. This is absolutely the best deal I have ever seen on a chef's knife with high-end steel. Seven months on, my Fanatic is just as sharp as when I got it, and I expect this one to perform equally well. All of my knives will be Richmond knives going forward, and I always tell people to go with Richmond.

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    4  Product Review, July 23, 2012
    Posted By: Jason Craig - verified customer

    A great workhorse of a knife that holds a nice edge.

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    5  Product Review, June 14, 2012
    Posted By: Gary - verified customer

    Just arrived via USPS went straight from the box through the soapy water onto the cutting board. My wife is thrilled with the knife. Beautiful fit and finish on both the blade and the handle. Great handle shape which should allow for a lot of work with no hot spots on the fingers. Already found its way through a half a bag of onions a mess of tomatoes some garlic and even diced up a few Apples. Fantastic blade shape for general usage should be a great go to knife for many years to come. Oh yeah did I mention the steel WOW. Great stuff thanks Mark!

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    5  Product Review, June 6, 2012
    Posted By: Tim - verified customer

    I picked up an Artifex recently and have been using it over the past few weeks. I gotta say up front that I greatly prefer Carbon blades in terms of sharpening and the edge they can take, but the AEB-L is growing on me! Out of the box, I got the factory edge. The factory edge was very bitey and aggressive and fairly coarse, but it cut great! Tomatoes were no problem and there was no wire edge felt. I used it for a while with the factory edge and then took it to the stones. Beston 1200 grit, Rika 5K, then a 8K stone and stropped on a laminate strop between each stone to remove the wire edge/burr. It took an edge very close to my carbon blades at this point! Sharp and smooth, yet still a bit toothy. I used it some more on onions, mushrooms, steak, chicken, peppers, etc and it performed well. Not much wedging on the onions and I could push straight down to cut through the thawed chicken breast. The 210mm length was pretty handy for smaller cutting jobs where I didn't need one of my 240mm gyuto's. The factory handle is very comfortable and smooth. Handle to tang fitting was awesome, nicely rounded and blended with the tang and handles nice and flush. The spine was very nicely rounded out as well. For $70, it's a great blade!!

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    5  Product Review, March 4, 2012
    Posted By: Charlie Montgomery - verified customer

    A fine knife and so sharp OOTB. It holds and edge with the powder steels.
    I wanted a beginner chef knife to give someone for Christmas and got a CKTG 210 mm Tojiro. To me the AEB-L steel is better for a chef knife than the VG-10 in the Tojiro.
    The Artifex is $10.00 less too. I wish I had gotten two when I placed my order. This is probably the only knife an amateur like me would ever need and truly the best buy I've run across anywhere.


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    5  Product Review, February 25, 2012
    Posted By: Chuck Tingle - verified customer

    Richmond Artifex is a great knife. Light and quick. I added the $15 sharpening option just out of curiousity. Wow, super sharp. Love it.

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    5  Product Review, February 19, 2012
    Posted By: charles - verified customer

    i bought this knife a couple of weeks ago and didnt get much use out of it.someone had broken into my house and stolen a number of things including this knife.i guess i will just have to get another.but from what little i used it for it was amazing,light,sharp,and a great buy for the price.

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    3  Product Review, February 8, 2012
    Posted By: Kevin M - verified customer

    Great knife for the price although not very sharp out of the box, with a little work on some stones this thing was extremly sharp. I have noticed two cracks on the handle to the left of the tang both on top and below the handle. I have emailed mark and he will be sending me a new one. This place really has phenomenal customer service and despite this mishap will always be using chefknivestogo for every knife product i buy.

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    5  Product Review, January 29, 2012
    Posted By: adam - verified customer

    I contacted JMBullman on foodieforums about this knife since he did a review. I found out he lives near me and had a couple for sale with his edge on it. I snagged this knife from him and all I can say is WOW. This knife for the money cannot be beat and the edge that JMBullman put on this thing is scary sharp. As a chef there is nothing negative I can say about this knife. And once again thanks to Mark for making this knife available and JMBUllman for making this thing cut like nothing else I have owned.

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    5  Product Review, January 25, 2012
    Posted By: John Butkofsky - verified customer

    I like this knife it's not heavy holds a edge and for the money a great buy looking forward to buying more knives from your company

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    5  Product Review, January 19, 2012
    Posted By: Andrew Dill - verified customer

    This is a beautiful design and highly effective kitchen knife. I bought two.

    The first knife helped solve a family problem. My 240mm wa-gyuto was too big for my wife and her favorite knife became a 170mm Masahiro santoku. I stropped the factory edge of the Artifex on balsa loaded with 0.5 micron CBN and now I can not get it out of her hands. Score: Artifex 1 and santoku 0.

    The second knife got the spa treatment and created a family problem. I reprofiled the blade to 12 degrees per side using a sequence of Trizact belts beginning at 180 grit and ending at 2500 grit. I then polished the bevels on 6,000 and 10,000 grit Japanese waterstones with a final stropping on balsa loaded with 0.5 micron CBN. My test Artifex was the sharpest knife in the house, but didn't stay in the house long. Score: Middle son - 1 crazy sharp Artifex and me 0.

    Thanks Mark for designing and bringing a beautiful American knife to the world market. Keep them coming!


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    5  Product Review, January 2, 2012
    Posted By: Jim Scott - verified customer

    Just got my knife and it's excellent! Takes a fantastic edge and has a really nice handle. Can't wait to take this to work tomorrow.

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