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Karaku AS Gyuto 240mm
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Karaku AS Gyuto 240mm

Item #: WAS-G240

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(4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $165.00
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Karaku Gyuto 240mm

Michikuni Tokaji is a young blacksmith and is part of the Zakuri collective from the Tosa region of Japan. He makes knives for both Karaku and Zakuri. While the Karaku line is an entry level range of knives, they are set aside from other starter blades in their choice of construction. Tokaji-san uses the highly regarded Aogami Super steel for these blades.
AS steel is part of the Hitachi Blue Paper high carbon steel family, specifically developed for tools and knives. This steel has the highest wear resistance and lowest toughness of the three Blue Paper steels. Edge holding is truly outstanding and it is easy to sharpen too. It contains the highest amount of carbon and chromium of the three alloys which not only increases its hardness but also gives it a slight advantage of the others in terms of corrosion resistance. Be warned, however, that it will discolor and rust if not kept perfectly clean and dry between uses.

This 240mm gyuto is a rather tall knife, measuring over 53mm at the heel. The spine thickness is about average as is the mildly curved belly. With the classic D-shaped Ho wood handle, it has a rustic charm to it. While the fit and finish are not up to the standards of some knives, it is a wonderful way to get to experience this excellent steel without breaking the bank.

  • Weight: 6.8oz
  • Blade Length: 243mm
  • Total Length: 401mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.62mm
  • Blade Height: 53.24mm

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Very good knife for the money, October 24, 2016
    Posted By: John H - verified customer

    A fancy handle does nothing for me, and I actually like traditional Japanese handles as they feel comfortable in the hand. You basically buy this knife for the steel and shape of the knife. I love the high knuckle clearance and overall feel of the knife when cutting. At first I thought it was not very sharp, but realized the coating on the knife covered the edge. A few swipes on an 8000 stone to remove the coating and polish it a bit and it is stellar. It is my first kurouchi knife and I really like the look, very rustic. Time will tell if the edge holds as well as Aogami S is claimed to have, but so far, so good. Check around, you will not find a 240 gyuto with this quality of steel anywhere.

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    4  Mixed bag of feelings, but in the end good, July 15, 2016
    Posted By: Richard - verified customer

    When I first got this knife I was pretty excited. The handle looks OK, but the ferrule does not. It is made of cheap plastic that doors not fit well and had a shape that is uncomfortableThe biggest problem was that thread edge was constantly micro chipping. It was really bad. I felt like I had really made a mistake. After reading about micro chipping I took the edge back by hand. I think the way the knife was sharpen, created heat which destabilized the edge. The knife is definitely Wabi-Sabi. I changed out the handle and was able to cut enough of the edge so that I don't get the chipping. If you are willing to put some attention into the knife it can be a great knife, you should know how to use water stones. I'm happy now. edge is good, and I paid half of what I would past for an AS. It's my daily knife.

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