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Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm
Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mmShibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mmShibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm
Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mmShibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mmShibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm

Shibata Kotetsu R-2 Gyuto 210mm

Item #: SKR2-G210

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews)

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The Shibata Kotetsu line of R-2 knives are made by young bladesmith Takayuki Shibata out of his shop in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima, Japan. His first line of kitchen knives have a very distinctive design philosophy which can best be explained by the master himself:

In my kitchen I was using a gyuto knife. It was a beautiful knife. But it was a little too curved for my liking. Didn't make enough contact with the food. So I switched to a straight-edged nakiri. Better for chopping vegetables. But when I was cutting meat, then I wanted to go back to my gyuto. Hmm, I thought. Somebody should make a new type of knife, one that falls between a gyuto and a nakiri. And then, as I am a knife maker, I thought that I should make it. So I did. I gave it a slightly curved edge. Too-straight produces too much friction. Too-curved reduces contact with the food. This slight curve is my attempt at a happy medium. I also gave it a sharp point. This is very nice for scoring vegetables, or squid, or chicken.

Shiba makes use of the popular R-2 powdered stainless steel alloy to fashion the jigane (inner layer) which then receives a hagane (outer layer) of a softer stainless steel. A lovely hand executed rough finish is applied to this layer to aid in food release, especially in items with a high water content.

These laser-like blades are finished to the highest standards and then matched to a lovely octagonal rosewood handle and pakka wood ferrule.

If you look at the 4th photo you can see a carrot sliced on the right was cut by a good, but ordinary, kitchen knife. The slice on the left was cut by a Shibata Kotetsu.

We think Shibata-san is really onto something, and we think you might agree!

  • Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Blade Length: 205 mm
  • Total Length: 352 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 2.1 mm
  • Blade Height: 44.2 mm
  • NO BONES OR FROZEN FOODS

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  Great Laser cutter, July 16, 2020
    Posted By: M. Palis - verified customer

    This is a light, thin blade that is made for cutting efficiency. It breezes through produce and proteins, it balances perfectly at the pinch grip. I do worry a little about it maybe being easily chipped but there are plenty of professionals that use it regularly in line service. So, I plan to use the knife and not abuse it.

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    5  Amazing knife!!! , February 13, 2020
    Posted By: Josh

    Razor sharp out the box. Beautiful fit and finish. Kanji adds a lot. Super light weight. For a home cook looking to make meals for family and friends, this really allows your knife skills to shine!! You can make incredible precise cuts, very quickly. I felt like a professional chef immediately. I was not battling the pepper, I was caressing the pepper.

    If the other 11 5 star reviews of this knife didn't convince you, grab one before they are gone.


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    5  Amazing., January 30, 2020
    Posted By: Chris Buckley - verified customer

    Amazing

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    5  Shibata Kotetsu, January 24, 2019
    Posted By: Bill Ahl - verified customer

    Beautiful knife! Excellent fit and finish,razor sharp otb and effortlessly glides through product. Very happy with this one.

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    5  R-2, July 14, 2018
    Posted By: SDM - verified customer

    Beautiful knife. In hand, it is slim and sleek. As advertised, it has a little flatter cutting edge in contrast to the guyots I have, but.still a pleasure to use. Very sharp and a very nice handle.

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    5  New favorite, August 27, 2017
    Posted By: John Tucker - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    I received the 175mm Bunka version of this knife last X-Mas. I've enjoyed it immensely, but I generally like a longer blade for general purpose work . Ordered the 210 mm Gyoto for myself and immediately had buyers regret, thinking I should a have ordered the 240mm version. I was wrong. The 210 length is perfect and I processed through a hefty amount of onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, chicken (boneless) and steak (also boneless) last night for Shish Kabobs. Great feel and so SO precise. White#1 is still my favorite steel, but overall...fit, finish, feel in the hand, edge out of the box...this is the new king in my chef knife collection.

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    4  Very Good Service Knife, January 13, 2017
    Posted By: paul brown - verified customer

    I purchased this knife as a service knife, hoping to replace the combination of a larger gyuto and smaller petty I normally lay out. It works as planned. Substantially thinner than my Masamoto gyuto it slices more easily and cleanly, while being the same thickness and similar length to my Takamura petty. The thickness and angle of the blade make for very quick sharpening. The only major flaw in my mind is the Japanese style handle. The handle exaggerates the length of the blade, and it would be more balanced and agile with a western handle. That's the only reason I rated it as good not excellent.

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    5  Superb , November 29, 2016
    Posted By: Alex - verified customer

    The knife is razor sharp and feels beautifully in the hand. The blade has a very slight bow to the edge which makes for a effortless chopping motion. Drag cuts are like the vegetable is already sliced! I would recommend this blade to anyone!

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    5  Excellent, September 20, 2016
    Posted By: Pedro - verified customer

    This Knive is just what i was expecting!!! I love it!!! Little expensive but it's great

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    5  excellent knife, September 15, 2016
    Posted By: Karna - verified customer
    2 people found this review helpful

    excellent blade, super service from the retailers and the knife keeps a good edge for a long amount of time. have been using it for 9 months now. i would like a suggestion for a sheath or a saya fro the knife from the retailers if possible?

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    5  Product Review, July 12, 2016
    Posted By: Jason - verified customer

    When you pick up this knife you'll notice how light it is and then how thin it is. I bought this the same I bought his 150mm petty brother. Both are beautifully well made and finished. The edge was impressively sharp out of the box. The only thing I would raise for consideration is that this knife has a rather smooth texture compared to my other favourite knife, the anryu hammered, when putting it through it's paces through rather wet potatoes I found there was some slices that stuck to the blade momentarily. It cut through it like butter though!

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    5  Shibata Knifes, March 23, 2016
    Posted By: joao isidro - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    The knife is absolutely beautiful and extraordinary sharp. Very light with very useful shape. Super easy to sharp and with very long retention. Great deal that i recommend with closed eyes to every body.

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    5  Beautiful, Thin, Sharp, July 10, 2015
    Posted By: Kevin Wang - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    Beautiful knife. the spine of the blade is rounded to a pleasing feel and sight. Handle is gorgeous and done well. It's light weight, super sharp and very thin. I'm in love.Thanks CKTG

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