We only started working with blacksmith Kyohei Shindo quite recently and after receiving a couple of shipments of his knives we are impressed. So, we have asked him to start making some longer gyutos for our customers.
Mr. Shindo uses a relatively new (to us) steel called SRK8. This high carbon alloy is made by Hitachi and it has been reported to be a similar steel to the ubiquitous White Paper #2, but with some added elements for extra toughness and edge retention. He hardens the core steel to HRC 63+. The inner core steel is clad in a soft iron that retains the blacksmith scale, or kurouchi, on the upper blade road. This adds a bit of corrosion protection while enhancing food release properties. This is still a reactive blade and will require care with cleaning and drying between uses.
Enjin is a name derived from two Japanese words: “en” means flame, and “jin” means blade. We really like the connotation and to emphasize it we asked for a burnt handle finish for these blades!
The Enjin SRK8 Togatta Gyuto
is an all-around great knife at a very competitive price. It is perfect for users looking for a chef-type knife that will hold its edge and look good for an incredibly long time.
Blacksmith: Kyohei Shindo
Location: Tosa Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
HRC: 63 +-
Handle: Oak Urushi Burnt
Weight: 7oz / 200g
Blade Length: 245mm
Overall Length: 399mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4mm
Blade Height at Heel: 46mm