Gyutos are by far the most popular blade style on the CKTG site. They are the Japanese version of the classic western chef knife. Designed as an all round cutter, slicer and chopper, these knives are strong and nimble.
The Richmond Artifex Gyuto is a perfect knife for busy line chefs and aspiring home cooks looking for a gateway into the world of Japanese blades. It is made from a single piece (mono steel) of carbon alloy called 52100. This rugged steel was originally developed for use in the manufacture of ball bearings. But recently it has been made available in bar stock and has proved to be an excellent steel for use in kitchen knives. It has better edge retention than its cousin 5160, but is not quite as tough.
This particular gyuto is of average weight with a very nice thin grind and gentle distal taper starting at the neck end of the knife and going all the way to the thin tip. The edge profile is fairly flat in the French style of chef knives. The edge is quite sharp out of the box but can be improved on by removing the transition point at the bevel shoulder.
The knife comes with a well made, nicely rounded G10 composite handle. Because the knife does not have a traditional bolster the handle feels like a Western-Japanese hybrid. So itís a good choice for both pinch and racket style grips. The fit and finish are really first rate especially considering its low price.
Blade length: 210mm
Total length: 331mm
Spine thickness at base: 2.45mm
Blade depth at base: 46.26mm
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