Sakai Takayuki is a name that is known by most knife users and collectors. They started making blades over 600 years ago in Sakai during the 16th century, originally to trim and cut tobacco. They are now owned by Aoki-Hamano Seisakusho Company, whose goal is to pass on these traditional techniques while incorporating modern ideas and ideals to further the storied brand. One of their stated aims is a resolution to tell the world that their knives are not tools, but rather crafts filled with the spirit of blade smiths and sharpening artisans.
For many home cooks the 210mm gyuto is the number one choice, the most valuable tool in their kitchen. This is the knife that you can reach for time after time, task after task. With this blade length these chef knives are a perfect tool in any kitchen. 210s can tackle just about any cutting or chopping task. The edge length of this particular example comes in at 211mm and, combined with the slightly shorter height of 42mm, results in a slim blade that resembles a classic French profile knife. It is double sided but ground with a slight 60/40 right-side bias. But regardless of this fact it is still useful to right- and left-handed users.
What sets this knife apart from others is that it is made from a single piece of laser cut Blue #2 carbon steel. No cladding is used, so the knife will require your attention to cleaning and drying carefully between uses.
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: Mono Steel, Laser Cut
Edge: Double Bevel (60/40, good for left- or right-handers)
Handle: Yo (Western)
Handle Scales: Mahogany
Weight: 5.1 ounces
Blade Length: 211 mm
Total Length: 330 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 1.9 mm
Blade Height: 42.3 mm
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