The Takayuki knife company has been in existence in one form or another for 600 years. That experience has morphed into a new company intent on combining new technologies and methods with this ancient art.
The 180mm gyuto
is about the shortest available length for a classic gyuto. It is a preferred size for smaller hands or restricted board areas. The edge grinds on these knives are stellar and we really like the overall fit and finish of the package.
The blade is made with top-quality Bohler N685 stainless steel. Takayuki sources this steel from the Swedish Uddeholm factory. The quality iron used to make Bohler N685 Stainless Steel is excavated from the Uddeholm company mines and contains an extremely low amount of phosphorus and sulfur, resulting in a steel that is regarded to be one of the finest in the world. Takayuki hardens the steel to about 60 HRC. Because it is a mono steel blade there is no cladding of other steels, which means that you have a knife with superior stainless properties which translates to an ease of maintenance that many chefs appreciate.
The black pakka wood handle is attached to the blade with three stainless rivets. Both handle and stainless bolster are finished very well and feel great in your hand.
Line: Grand Chef
Location: Sakai, Japan
Construction: Mono Steel
Steel: Bohler N685 Stainless Steel
Hardness: HRC 60
Weight: 5.4 ozs / 154g
Blade Length: 180 mm
Overall Length: 300 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 1.8 mm
Blade Heightat Heel: 43.6 mm