Takayuki VG10 Hammered Damascus Gyuto 180mm. Sakai Takayuki is a name that is synonymous with blades of all kinds, and more recently with kitchen knives. They have been making these for over 600 years starting in Sakai during the 16th century. The first blades they produced were made to trim and cut tobacco. The company is now owned by Aoki-Hamano Seisakusho, whose aim is to pass on traditional techniques while incorporating modern methods and materials. They truly want the world to know that their knives are not tools, but rather crafted items filled with the spirit of blade smiths and sharpening artisans.
This gyuto combines many attributes of a western chef knife with a blade geometry that you will find familiar. This results in a knife that is good for rocking or push cutting.
The blade is clad with a fine looking soft stainless steel damascus layering that receives a tsuchime or hammered finish. It is coupled to a dyed pakka wood partial tang handle that features a stainless bolster and three stainless rivets. The complete package is of a high standard in both looks and performance, especially given its very attractive price.
Steel: Damascus 33 layers with VG10
Hardness: RC 60 (special tempered to provide ease of sharpening)
Bevel: 50/50 (good for both right- and left-handed users)