Yoshimi Kato is the son of Hiroshi Kato and has worked for his father for many years. He recently took over the business and is making quality knives for us, just as his father did. He works at Takefu Knife Village cooperative, home of some of the world’s greatest blade makers.
This is about the smallest size that the gyuto
style knife is made. At just 180mm, it is part petty and part santoku
—not just in dimensions but in abilities and feel. People who like a shorter blade will be intrigued by this knife as it serves so many purposes and is so adroit at those many tasks.
The knife is made from VG10, a very popular stainless steel among some of the top knife making powerhouses like Shun and Myabi. The inner core of VG-10 has an outer layer of a damascus stainless steel applied in the san-mai fashion. The inner core is revealed under the damascus which then transforms to a great looking nashiji (pear skin) finish.
A traditional rosewood and pakka wood handle is a perfect match for the blade in terms of form and function. It’s a great looker and a wonderful all-around performer.
Brand: Kato Nashiji Suminagashi
Blacksmith: Yoshimi Kato
Location: Echizen Japan
Construction: San Mai
Method: Hammer Forged
Core Edge Steel: VG-10
Cladding: Nashiji/Damascus Stainless
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Edge Grind: Even (See Choil Shot)
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
Ferrule: Black Pakka Wood
Weight: 4.6 ounces
Blade Length: 178 mm
Total Length: 325 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.5 mm
Blade Height: 42.9 mm