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Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm
Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mmTakamura Chromax Gyuto 210mmTakamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm
Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mmTakamura Chromax Gyuto 210mmTakamura Chromax Gyuto 210mmTakamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm

Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm

Item #: Chromax210

Average Customer Rating:
(4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $140.00
The Takamura Chromax Gyuto is a knife we have yearned after for several years. We first got a taste for this knife when we received a shipment of santokus made from a relatively new steel called Chromax. Chromax is composed of 5% chromium, 1% carbon, 0.9% manganese, 1.2% molybdenum and 0.5% vanadium. The steel is much less reactive than true carbon steel but gives many of the same sharpening and performance characteristics of some of the better carbon steels like blue #2. It is often likened to R2 but in our opinion it has a more solid and tough feel (as compared to the slightly more delicate feel of R2). It is also harder (HRC: 65) and exhibits better edge retention compared to standard stain-resistant steels.

It was love at first slice! So we began begging them to do a gyuto in a 210mm size. After many requests they finally relented and offered us these on the condition that we buy 500 per order. We swallowed hard and decided to do it.

This gyuto is a knife that will appeal to both pro and home chefs. It is tough yet easy to maintain. Holds a fine edge for ages and is a beast when sharpened. This hammer gorgeous blade is mated to a really well-made stainless bolster and a nicely finished western wooden handle. The value quotient of the Takamura Chromax Gyuto 210mm is undeniable. As a keeper or a gift, this is a great knife at a great price.

  • Maker: Takamura
  • Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
  • Edge Steel: Chromax
  • Cladding: Stainless
  • Finish: Tsuchime (Hammered)
  • HRC: 64-65
  • Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Blade Length: 212 mm
  • Total Length: 335 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 1.8 mm
  • Blade Height: 45.4 mm

  • Customer Reviews


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      Great knife period full stop
    Posted By: Matt Freeman

    I understand why people say this knife is a great value: It is. And I understand why you might call it a "starter knife": It would be that too. But I just think the Takamura brothers make great knives period. I got a petty that I love and now this. Just handling and looking at it I love love love the polished blade and impeccable fit and finish. For a long time I felt I preferred traditional and rustic looks, but somehow the Takamuras magically combine Western and Japanese features to come up with a hybrid that's no compromise but a new way of thinking about what a great knife is. And it reminds you that in the end it's a tool and you know it's going to perform like crazy. So you can say it's a great value but tell me, what would you want that you'd pay more for? I honestly don't know. And maybe it's a great starter but I could see ending with it, saying yeah this is going to be my daily knife because I don't know what would be better. I'm sure I'll buy other knives as time goes on, to get a particular quality or whatever I like, but I'd be surprised to see one I liked better overall than this.

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    Posted By: Justin Mann

    First I'd like to say this is absolutely my favorite knife after 7 months of use. Fit and finish are good but some light sanding is required at the heel of the blade for a more comfortable pinch grip. Comes very sharp, maybe 7/10 and ground very nice and thin.

    The chromax steel and heat treat sharpens much like a basic carbon steel meaning its easy to get a great keen edge on it. It forms a burr easily and can be deburred readily right on the stones. It will patina but it's notably slower to discolor than say Blue

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