Takeda’s knives are inimitable in aesthetic and character and are very highly regarded amongst many knife enthusiasts the world over. Known for being exceptionally tall, laser thin and light for their size, Takeda’s gyutos also sport some of the best treated Aogami Super (AS) steel on the market. AS is prized for its ability to be treated to exceptionally high level of hardness which allows it to take and hold an incredibly acute and refined edge while also being relatively easy to sharpen and maintain.
The 250mm Takeda AS Stainless Clad gyuto employs softer stainless steel laminated over the core of carbon Aogami Super. While the edge should still be kept dry to avoid rusting, the stainless cladding goes a long way in enhancing ease of maintenance, corrosion resistance, and reducing reactivity with these knives when compared to iron or carbon steel cladding. While the kurouchi finish on the Stainless series is noticeably smoother and less rustic than the Classic series, we find that it provides for less drag while cutting, yet still maintains the integrity of Takeda’s iconic aesthetic.
The blade geometry could be described as a 50/50 compound grind with the edge bevel running all the way to the primary grind which is rounded at the shoulder. Combined with how acute the edge angle is taken on these knives, the grind results in tremendous cutting performance and food separation. While having a long flattish sweet spot towards the heel, this gyuto does have some generous curvature which makes it an adept rocker. The handle is done with a sweet custom handle that is stabilized and really makes the knife pop.
Brand: Takeda Hamono
Blacksmith: Shosui Takeda
Location: Niimi Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Core Steel: Aogami Super
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Edge Grind: Even 50/50
Weight: 7 ounces / 200g
Blade Length: 255 mm
Overall Length: 405 mm
Thickness at Heel: 2.8 mm
Blade Height: 66 mm
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