Posted By: Paul
- verified customerThis Takeda Gyuto AS is such a pleasure to use. Why? Outstanding geometry and edge retention. It doesn't hurt that it's made of one of the most desirable steels in existence plus it's light and well balanced.
I'm able to make accurate, effortless, paper thin cuts with ease. While I could achieve a product something close to this with my German knives, it took a great deal more effort and the result was never as good for all the trouble. I truly enjoy cutting with this knife, and the Kurouchi finish has been a breeze to keep up with‚ÄĒbecause I understand that it needs to be cleaned and wiped off very shortly after use.
I appreciate that these knives are made individually by hand by a master craftsman. As is the typical trend with Takeda, I got a lot more knife than I paid for. Mine is 256mm. Notice that the 270 mm of this knife is nearly $65 more. Additionally, I asked Mark (of Chef Knives to Go) for a fat belly on the knife. He delivered big time. These knives are not knocked out by the dozens by automated machinery. Also, I disagree with others' assessment that this knife lacks in fit/finish. The Kurouchi finish is what it is, and the rest of the knife is as fine as I've seen. The fit and finish are top notch.
If you're looking for a Japanese gyuto, I'd also take a look at the Moritaka offered here, amongst others. The one offered here uses the same type of steel, i.e. Aogami Super Steel (AS) and also has a Kurouchi finish. I went with the Takeda due to a superior reputation in the knife/foodie forums. However, any lingering concerns about the Moritaka are nominal if you buy from Chef Knives To Go because of their class leading reputation for service after the sale. I'm putting my money where my mouth is as I'll be buying Moritaka petty or yanagiba in the near future.
This Takeda Gyuto is not cheap. That said, it would be the first knife I bought if I needed to replace my collection. The only down side is the regret I feel over the cash I dropped on my Wusthof set that now sits unused taking up space on my counter top.
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