Our number one pick for a good quality, entry level gyuto
! The Kanehide PS60 Gyuto
210mm is a lotta knife for the money. Hitachi makes this steel for the razor industry and has a dominant share of the market worldwide. The steel is almost identical to AEB-L and 13C26. Kanehide was able to increase the hardness to HRC 60-61 through special heat treating and also increasing the wear resistance by giving the blades a cryogenic treatment with liquid nitrogen at minus 180 degrees C. The sub-zero treating works to change retained austenite to martensite, as a result, it is effective not only to enhance the hardness but also the wear resistance.
We tested this knife for over two months and it's quite simply the best Wa-handled stainless steel knife in its price range. It's fully stainless, sharpens extremely well, and has a nice handle. We think it's better than the MAC Pro, Masamoto VG, Tojiro DP, Richmond Artifex, and the Fujiwara FKM which we also sell and are all in a similar price range. Give it a try and we think you'll be as delighted with this knife as we are.
Location: Seki City, Japan
Construction: Laser Cut/Mono Steel
Bevel: Double Bevel
Edge Grind: Asymmetric 70/30 (ok for lefty or righty)
Weight: 4.6oz (132g)
Blade Length: 210mm
Overall Length: 355mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.1mm
Blade Height at Heel: 45.7mm
Steel: PS60 Stainless
Handle: Urushi Octagonal