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Artifex II BD1N Gyuto 210mm
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Artifex II BD1N Gyuto 210mm

Item #: ARTIFEX2G210

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Richmond Artifex II 210mm BD1N Gyuto! It's one of our best selling knives to line cooks around the country and it has unmatched edge retention for those of you in the industry that need an affordable knife that will hold its edge through long shifts.

So it is with some pride that we now introduce the new Richmond Artifex II knife line. Our first offering is a very useful and universally liked 210mm gyuto. The new Artifex knives continue the tradition of using tough materials that can cope with the daily routines found in the busiest kitchens. To this end, we have continued with the proven G-10 handles but now mated to a blade made from Carpenter BD1N stainless steel. The blades are made in China and we export the BD1N steel from the USA to the factory so they can make them with good steel to our specifications.

Heat treated to HRC 63, this steel will take a nice edge and hold it exceptionally well. It is also really easy to maintain. This is perfect for the demands of pro cooks who don't have the time to constantly sharpen or wipe down their knives during their shifts. Coupled to the virtually indestructible G-10 handle scales, these knives are nearly indestructible and will provide line chefs with a comfortable, long-lasting kitchen cutter at a really attractive price.

  • Brand: Richmond
  • Line: Artifex II
  • Construction: Laser Cut, Mono Steel
  • Steel: Carpenter BD1N
  • HRC: 63
  • Weight: 6.2 oz/ 176g
  • Edge Length: 210 mm
  • Overall Length: 330 mm
  • Spine Thicknessat Heel: 2.04 mm
  • Blade Height: 43.76 mm
  • Edge Grind: 50/50
  • Angle: 16 Degrees Each Side
  • Handle: Western
  • Scales: G-10



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      My first real chef's knife, April 13, 2021
    Posted By: Dane

    I only recently got into higher-end cutlery. As I was looking for a good entry-level knife, someone recommended the Richmond Artifex II. I decided to give it a try since, at just $60, it would be a more palettable investment (compared to the countless gyutos that are beautiful and highly-rated but cost $150 or more!). Well, I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    For context, I'm coming from a 15-year-old set of department-store kitchen knives that were mid-range (at best) when originally purchased but haven't been well cared for in the years since. I don't even think they'd been sharpened. So admittedly, the bar was pretty low for me. On the other hand, I've had experience with some higher-end knives, such as my grandmother's Wusthof set and my mom's Cutco set. In other words, I felt confident in my ability to distinguish a good knife from a not-so-good knife.

    The Richmond Artifex II impressed me from the moment I first laid eyes on it. It actually LOOKS well-made: The handle is smooth with tight rivets. The metal is creamy with not a single scar or blemish from production.

    Despite being a solid, well-built knife, it's surprisingly light and balanced in the hand. The spine of the knife is nicely crowned and very smooth, making it super comfortable to hold. The Artifex II is definitely a knife I could see myself using for those extra-long chopping sessions.

    The knife had a really nice edge right out of the box. After a solid six or so weeks of use, I haven't felt the need to resharpen or even touch up the blade.

    At this point, I've added a couple Japanese gyutos, a Japanese bread knife, a petty, and a utility, but the Artifex II will definitely remain in my rotation. I couldn't be happier with this knife, especially for the price. It makes a great starter knife for someone who's knew new to the world of high-end cutlery, or it would be an outstanding beater knife for chefs who don't want to have to worry about damaging their $300+ gyutos.

    Buy with confidence!


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      Great fell, April 5, 2021
    Posted By: Kris - verified customer

    My first real Chefs knife and I think I will buy them for my family.

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      Good Enough for the French, March 26, 2021
    Posted By: Coco Amarotico - verified customer

    Fast shipping. Great customer service. Sent as a gift to a friend cook-friend from France living in Cali. I told him it's an everyday knife but he said he's only using for special preparations. Great value.

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      Very affordable utilitarian workhorse., March 10, 2021
    Posted By: Brian

    For the price, the Artifex II is a VERY impressive knife. As a matter of fact, I can't think of another 60 dollar (at the time of writing) knife that competes with this one. For one, I like the balance of it. It has no bolster so the balance isn't shifted back towards the handle. It's work great in a pinch grip. The spine is thin, so it has a laser feel. I love the 210 length. It's perfect for a home kitchen, has the length to handle plenty of different products, but the tip doesn't seem far away when doing tip work. Haven't had any issues with board clearance, though some more room for my somewhat bulky hands would be better.

    Secondly, it's plenty sharp for a home cooks needs. The tip is high performance for a home kitchen, and the profile works great for most needs. It rocks through herbs easily, and I love how sharp the heel is. Beware though, the choil is pretty close to the handle so the heel can get you if you're not careful while maneuvering. That's just me being an amateur though. I haven't noticed any issues with fit and finish. The spine is rounded, haven't noticed how rounded the choil is, but doesn't bother me so that's a good sign.

    Lastly, the edge retention is probably my favorite part of this knife. I've used it consistently for maybe a month now, and it seems like the edge the same now as the day I got it. I don't see myself having to sharpen this for a while.

    Overall, the Artifex II is a total workhorse that will take plenty of abuse. It's a very utilitarian knife that will perform reliably. If that's what you're looking for, I very much recommend it. And at $60, I'd say it's the perfect starter Japanese style knife.


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      My first gyuto -- LOVE IT, February 18, 2021
    Posted By: Dane O'Leary - verified customer

    Recently, I decided I wanted to get into Japanese cutlery, but I had no idea where to start. On a recommendation, I gave the Richmond Artifex II a try... and I've not been disappointed!

    To be clear, I don't have a ton of experience with "professional" cutlery, much less Japanese knives. However, the Artifex II is head-and-shoulders better than the off-the-shelf knives we've had for about a decade. From the moment I took it out of its box, I knew I was in for a treat.

    It was plenty sharp out of the box, but I did use my whetstone to refine it a bit more. It absolutely slides through everything I throw at it like butter. Best of all, it's comfortable in both pinch and handle grips, which I was nervous about since I do switch between grips based on what I'm chopping/slicing.

    Build quality is incredible too. It's got a nicely-rounded crown, and the construction of the handle in particular is perfectly smooth.

    The one issue I had, which wasn't even an issue with the actual knife, was the shipping. It was a week between placing my order and the carrier receiving it, which is borderline-unacceptable in 2021.

    Overall, I couldn't recommend the Richmond Artifex II more highly. If you're look for your first "real" chef's knife, you're not going to find a better combination of quality and price.


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      Richmond Artifex II Bd1N Steel Gyuto from Chef Knives To Go: A+++, January 30, 2021
    Posted By: A. K. - verified customer

    I bought this knife reading extensively on several forums.
    I was attracted by the shape, materials and price, hoped that the knife itself would turn out to be good in use. It turned out to be better than what I expected. The slim G10 handle provides a secure grip and allows for a great control in many different grip positions. The grind of the knife is excellent, the edge was quite sharp out of the box. Edge holding is excellent for a home cook, exceeded my expectations. This knife is a great value, not only in its price range. Highly recommend!
    Customer service (communication, shipping, packaging) was top notch. Thanks, Chef Knives To Go, for the excellent product and great service!


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      Outstanding-Best BD1N value and design , December 22, 2020
    Posted By: Chef Instructor in Boston

    My students start on rubber handled Dexters, or generally beaters. We've been using these after they have had some training in knife skills-CKTG has, and continues to provide us with exceptional service and outstanding knives. The Fit and Finish are excellent, ground / polished well to make for easier handling, holds an edge exceptionally well (and we're using them for hours daily.) the best review I can leave is that we've bought close to 30 of these and we keep on (we give them to graduates as a gift too) a little honing, a little respect-$60 at present on their website. Bravo!

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      Superb, December 1, 2020
    Posted By: Ross - verified customer

    I'm not a chef, so you can disregard everything after that opening salvo. Great knife, great finish, great edge, great edge retention. Makes everything I prep easier, Very surprised by the quality at this price point.

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      Great Bang for the Buck Knife!, December 1, 2020
    Posted By: Mike Schneider - verified customer

    This is a well executed knife especially at this price point. The choil is sharp, but a few minutes with some sandpaper fixed that. I gave it a few minutes on a 6k stone and man this thing cuts great. I like the handle as well it feels good in the hand and the F&F is excellent. I highly recommend this knife.

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      Oops! WRong knife!, December 1, 2020
    Posted By: FisherMan1298 - verified customer

    I was all set to buy the Artifex II knife which looks amazing when my eye caught sight of Tthe akamura Chromax Pakka Santoku 170mm. For $80. it's a best buy. the blade is a work of art! One look and I had to have it. Sarp as can be OOTB I love cutting with this beautiful knife. when I finish using it I wash and dry it, oil the steel and just sit and admire its elegance and beauty.

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      Great Bang for the Buck Knife!, November 17, 2020
    Posted By: Mike Schneider

    Very laser like with a very nice handle and excellent F&F. If I cold knock a 1/4 of a point off it would be because the choil is quite sharp and really benefits from a little "shoe shine" action with some sand paper (and this thing eats sand paper.) The spine is nicely rounded and the grind is very well done on these. You'd be hard pressed to find anything in this price point to compete with it.

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      Chef's knife, November 3, 2020
    Posted By: Marge Parkin - verified customer

    My son chose your chef's knife. He loves how it handles.

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      Love the knife., October 26, 2020
    Posted By: Chris Morrissey - verified customer

    Razor sharp, packed beautifully, slim handle makes it feel more wieldy than a knife of this size normally would.

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      Daughter's first chef knife, August 16, 2020
    Posted By: Jay werkhaven - verified customer

    My daughter has grown up in the kitchen using the good knives, so when she got her first apartment at college, she needed a first knife. This is more than a first knife. Shipping was fast. Shaving sharp out of the box. A laser thin knife. Processes food quickly and smoothly. Very nice. Haven't had to sharpen it yet. I should mention that a comparable knife with the same steel from a company whose folding knives have a trademark hole in them cost almost 4 times as much. This is a fantastic deal.

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      Love it! , August 3, 2020
    Posted By: Joshua Leisner - verified customer

    I'm not a chef, just like to cook. A chef friend recommended this to me as a great everyday knife. He's not wrong!

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      Richmond Artifex Gyuto, June 25, 2020
    Posted By: Mark S - verified customer

    Received promptly as usual (thanks CKTG crew!). Very impressed! Lotta bang for the buck IMO. Sharpened up easily and took a nice edge. Only had it a few weeks but the edge is holding up well. Fit and finish were good and I find it a comfortable knife to use.

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      love it, May 16, 2020
    Posted By: Aaron Bennett - verified customer

    Incredible knife for what you pay for...every chef should have one in there knife roll..

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      Beautiful Knife, May 15, 2020
    Posted By: Gian

    This thing is gorgeous! The G-10 handle is breathtaking. I'm new to Japanese knives but this thing is almost too pretty to be a workhorse. I took it to the stone out of the box even though it most likely didn't need it. It was hair-shaving sharp with King 1200 and 6000, mainly stropping. I want to use the crap out of this knife but I also want it to sit pretty in my knife bag.

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      Great Value, February 19, 2020
    Posted By: T. Worley - verified customer

    I got this knife on a recommendation of a chef friend. He said it was his favorite utilitarian blade. That was good enough for me. It's been a great knife and we think that for the cost it is tough to beat. Highly recommend!

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      The thar , January 27, 2020
    Posted By: Samberger

    Great job

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      Richmond artifex, January 3, 2020
    Posted By: tufan - verified customer

    I always want it this knife,used once it is sharp out of box .

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      Cheffle Off to Buffalo, April 19, 2019
    Posted By: Jay R

    I have had this for about 6 months or so. The bad- the handle is a little bit uncomfortable. The belly starts a bit too early. But for $75, these are incredibly easy to overlook. I do not work this in hand for more that 30 minutes. And there are usually breaks in that time period, so that handle might be a problem for one doing nothing but cutting. The Good, everything else. For me, I am very happy with this. In fact, I just posted on a different website that I thot that this was a vastly superior tool to one that they were hoping to sell with the same steel, but without any specs and some poor reviews.

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      Order, January 3, 2019
    Posted By: Johnathan s dorsey - verified customer

    Great products and I'll definitely recommend them to others.

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      A+ , December 24, 2018
    Posted By: Bill B

    First, these people sell a lot of great knives. Secondly, they are easy to work with. I inadvertently order a knife that was larger than I want. When I called, I actually spoke with the boss who canceled the order, no questions asked. I had a chef knife of his design in AEL-B that someone evidently liked a lot. I wanted to replace it and was curious about BD1N steel. So I picked one up. There must have been some promotion going on because I got a nice 9-10" bread knife thrown in free.

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      Perfect line knife, August 1, 2018
    Posted By: Cactus jack - verified customer

    Bought this knife to endure the rigors of a kitchen full of knife abusers who constantly use my knife when I'm not looking. Has survived several drops on tile floor, has been through several cases of chicken butchery and this thing is perfect. Not too hard to sharpen either and holds an aggressive edge. The only thing i did was sand down the somewhat squared corners of the handle a bit and its amazing now.

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      Durable and very sharp, April 30, 2018
    Posted By: V Bedrosian

    I take this knife to work daily and it's an amazing deal. The edge lasts longer than my $250 Miyabi! Great deal.

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      Love it, February 26, 2018
    Posted By: Jim Scott - verified customer

    I use this knife at work daily and it holds an edge better than anything in my kit. Great deal on excellent steel.

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