The Kamo VG10 Suminagashi Gyuto looks like something out of a designer magazine or Scandinavian furniture catalog. The sleek bolstered construction. The light colored multi-ply oval handle. The slim understated finish to the blade. All of this results in a truly handsome knife. Fortunately this beauty is more than skin deep.
In fact the skin, in this case, is that of a low count multi-layer damascus made from a stainless steel. This cladding is hammer forged to an inner core of VG10 stainless steel which is hardened to about 61 Rockwell. VG10 is a really popular steel in the knife world for its great edge retention, while being very wear and corrosion resistant. The cladding is etched to reveal the damascus in-grind line while the upper road receives a semi-matte brushed finish.
The profile of the edge is fairly flat to about two thirds along and then turns into a gentle sweep to the medium height tip. This should be a blade suitable to all styles of cutting. The length to height ratio is also fairly average.
A contemporary oak handle and stainless bolster combination complete this very striking and unusual picture. This is a beautiful performer with looks to match.
Blacksmith: Katsuyasu Kamo
Location: Takefu Village, Echizen, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: VG10
Cladding: Damascus Stainless
Blade Length: 246mm
Total Length: 400mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 2.58mm
Blade Height at Base: 52.52mm
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