The Misuzu AUS10 gyuto
is a great looking knife featuring a highly polished damascus finish. The core steel is AUS10, which is a higher carbon version of the popular AUS8 alloy. The added carbon gives the edge a slightly higher level of retention while still allowing for ease of sharpening. It is hardened to about 60 Rockwell. The core steel is then given a multi-layer soft stainless steel cladding with a very nicely realized damascus finish. The outer cladding not only adds strength to the blade but imparts lightness as well.
This is one very light knife indeed, weighing in at just 3.8 ounces. The blade length is longer than the name implies, coming in at 216mm. This is a really nice medium length for almost all cutting applications. Blade height is on the short side of average at 46mm. The spine is quite thin with very little taper.
This is a nice nimble knife that boasts very good fit and finish and a good out of the box edge. The profile is quite flat up to about 2/3 along where it transforms to a gently curved edge to the tip. The traditional octagonal ho wood handle has a buffalo ferrule which is well finished and comfortable in the hand. This is a lovely knife that will find favor with both professional and home cooks seeking a finely made tool that looks as good as it performs.
Maker: Misuzu Hamono
Location: Miki City, Japan
Construction: San Mai
Edge Steel: AUS-10 Stainless Steel
Cladding: Stainless Damascus
Weight: 3.8 ounces
Blade Length: 216 mm
Total Length: 360 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 1.7 mm
Blade Height: 46.1 mm