For decades, Tojiro knives have served as a gateway into the world of high end Japanese cutlery for professional and home cooks alike. In the DP series, Tojiro’s excellent treatment of VG-10 core steel provides for extreme keenness without sacrificing edge integrity or retention. The core steel is laminated with softer stainless steel which enhances the ease at which the knife can be sharpened and provides an element of support and ductility to the harder core. These qualities, in concert with nice convex grinds which aid in food separation and a high level of fit and finish, make the Tojiro DP series regarded as one of the best values available in the knife world today.
This gyuto in 210mm format is a heavier middleweight knife by Japanese standards though substantially lighter than many Western equivalents. The edge profile performs well through most cutting styles including rocking, push and pull cutting, and slicing. Being a touch longer than 210mm, this knife will be a wonderful transition for those used to working with 8"-9" Western chef knives and will be capable of handling all but the very largest ingredients.
Greetings from Russia Tojiro DP 210mm Guyto-fire!, July 31, 2021
Posted By: Aleksandr Firsov
An excellent assistant in everyday life for your money !!! Special thanks to the Chefcnives to go store. Super fast dispatch within 2 hours after placing the order. There are no questions about the quality of the product. This Gyuto and the store I recommend!
The style is Western but these DPs are Japanese under the hoodharder steels, sharper edges, and thinner geometry. Tojiro tends to add high-end fit and finish at a budget price. It's not that Western knives are bad, I have a gamut of them from cheapie to high-end and they're all good knives. But I think this relatively inexpensive knife could go into the ring with any of the high-end German knives and win on points. I don't want to frame it as a competition or a hipper-than-thou thing. But Tojiro makes a hell of a good knife that's better and cheaper than anything you could buy at your local Williams-Sonoma.
I bought this early on in my voyage of knife discovery, and was waiting to develop my sharpening skills further before bringing it into the rotation. But reading a book on knives last night it was mentioned, so I got it out and impulsively put it to work on a piece of magazine paper. It glided effortlessly through that paper, and I realized that for not much money I had a real performer on my hands. Yeah, it's a Western-style Japanese knife, but there's nothing wrong with that, is there? I'm looking forward to soon being able to maintain it the way it deserves and put it to use as it also deserves. You can pay more but I think this is a damn good knife.
Purchased as a Gift for wifey along with the CKTG saya, she loves it! . Have had prep and line experience with 2 other 210mm DP gyutos and they are definitely worth the price. Excellent budget workhorse knives! Thank you once again CKTG!!
Excellent steel, excellent feel, excellent service, July 21, 2020
Posted By: Jordan
I ordered this knife in early June, 2020. Bizzaro year, if you're reading this sometime after 2020 and the internet still exists.
Initially, my knife was shipped through the United States Postal Service, which has been having a not-so-good year thus far. Again, future reader, I hope you still are able to utilize the USPS and all of their wonderful services. Anyway, so my knife gets shipped and then immediately lost or something. Presumably shoved into a cob-webbed corner at the Postal Facility, not to be heard from for another month and a half.
Sue, at CKTG, immediately is on the case, gets another knife shipped out to me using a different service, apologizes for the delay (not their fault) and I'm happily slicing and dicing in days.
Then, something happens at the postal facility and they finally get my original knife on a truck bound for what was supposed to be it's new home. Sue gets wind of it and tells me that she'll send a return label to send it back. I throw a hail mary and tell her to "lose the label" so I can keep the second knife. I am assuming she chuckled and rolled her eyes at my response sitting in front of her computer made of knives. I am probably not the first to suggest this dubious course of action. She says she'll let me keep the second one at a discounted rate as an apology for the mix-up! As if it was their fault. Wouldn't even take the extra money I tried to give her as a tip for letting me keep the second knife!
All in all 12/10. Keep up the good work, Sue, and everyone at CKTG.
Oh yeah the knife is bad-ass. Keeping it's edge well, no defects or quality problems to speak of upon arrival. Couldn't be happier!
i like good values in my purchases. i do not like cheap products. i've bought 3 Tojiro Dp 210 gyotos with zero regrets. great finish and edge. also have dp NAKIRI, DP PETTY'S and an impressive tojiro Big Almighty knife. fine purchases all.
First time purchasing a Japanese knife. It is considerably lighter than my Messermeister chef knifes. It was razor sharp out of the box! It cubes meat with ease, and does really well with most vegetables. I am only an at home cook, but it has been quite impressive
The knife is excellent and the service is beyond excellent. I was having problems with the postage, emailed them and within an hour they had emailed me back. Brillant company to deal with. Thank you !!
I am a home cook but I have been cooking for 20 years and am always looking to improve my techniques and my tools. This knife was a replacement for a Henckels I got as a gift years ago and I can't believe the difference in experience between the two. I love it and it just feels much more dexterous and capable. I was also very happy with the wealth of info here at ChefKnivesToGo and the shipping was quick as well.
This is the first time I thought it was worth leaving a review for a product. The knife was exactly what it was advertised to be; a sharp knife that holds it's edge for a great price. I strongly recommend this knife for any home cooks who want something relatively light yet still cuts vegetables like butter.CKTG had it delivered to me the same week and also had a little thank you note in the package, which I appreciated. I will definitely buy from them again.
Out of the box this knife is good, even great for a home cook, but where this knife shines is on the line in a commercial kitchen. A trip to the sharpening stones for a little thinning and a great edge, and you have a knife that dances circles around Wusthofs that cost three times as much. As an added benefit it is inexpensive enough that you don't have to worry about a ham handed coworker beating the snot out of it, but high enough quality and well enough heat treated to easily stand up to hard use without rolling the edge. The only thing that everyone will want to do is sand down the choil and the spine a little so they are less sharp when holding it in a pinch grip. Balance is right at the bolster so the knife feels incredibly nimble for it's weight, If you are on the edge about getting into Japanese cutlery, this is a logical step. You get the gyuto blade shape, with a more chop/push cutting profile, you get a thin blade that goes through produce like its not even there, a nice convex grind, and it costs less than half as much as a Shun made from the same steel.
High quality workhorse and true friend in the home kitchen, April 16, 2017
Posted By: Jason Guthrie - verified customer
I have owned this knife for more than 8 years and I can say without a doubt that it is my favourite, it has never let me down despite the abuse I have given it. Although I own knives 3 or 4 times the price of this one, it still is the most pleasant to use.It is quite easy to sharpen on water stones and strops, and will keep its edge unusually long (due to the VG-10 steel which is usually only found in knives 3 times the price) i.e. I need to sharpen it every 3 months but that is with 10 hours of use, 5-6 days a week in a commercial setting (and I re-sharpen when I can no longer get a shaving edge after stropping only).Once you get used to the size you can do everything with it, it truly is a universal knife. From fine paring work (no need for a paring knife if your hands are big enough) to heavy veg prep work to butchering and filleting, it never has an issue.The fit and finish is great for the price point; it is shaving sharp out of the box and the box itself lasted a quite few years of daily use before it disintegrated (which is quite a lot for a cardboard display box). The service from CKTG is the best I have ever dealt with, from any online store bar none.Although I have retired from commercial cooking, this knife is a dream in the home kitchen and very few people would find its size a limitation. There is a reason why it is loved by so many, so if you are hesitant I hope my opinions sway you in the right direction. You wont be disappointed.(Especially if you are an apprentice purchasing their first knife, I highly recommend avoiding the victorinox chefs knife as they are a true pain to sharpen, dont hold their edge and just dont feel as nice in the hand, whilst being only slightly cheaper. Once you see the light, you will never go back).
Go-to gift for people who need a real knife, October 17, 2016
Posted By: Ben - verified customer
One of the best dollar for dollar knives out there. Out of the box sharp, hold and edge well, sharpens well, light enough for smaller hands and chefs. I get this knife for people learning proper knife skills for the first time, but who really enjoy cooking and do it often. Sometimes I get the paring knife/chef knife combo as well.
For the price, it's great! You could ease the edges a little with sandpaper, but that's easy enough. It's not the thinnest behind the edge, but that adds to durability. Stainless makes it easy to care for. The handle is comfortable. Just a great general knife to keep around or one to get your feet wet. I keep mine around for when guests stop by and want to use a knife, but I don't want to hand them my handmade blades, ha.
Now that I have a few weeks of using this knife I have to say it is a great starter knife. It's my first chef knife and it chops onions, carrots and other veggies beautiful. It's a true pleasure to use. It's also not heavy so less hand fatigue. I recommend for a starter knife.
I've purchased a few of these knives Now for professional chefs in my area. They absolutely love them. They have a great out of the box edge, they are easy to sharpen and hold their edge too. The price is fantastic. Can't get over how much I enjoy these knives,they are comfortable, very nicely made and also come in a pretty nifty box. I will definitely be ordering more in the future. As always, the service is top notch.
My first serious knife and still a favorite. This is a great all-around knife - not too heavy, given the western handle, well-balanced, and fairly nimble in the hand. This is still a go-to knife for me when I'm very busy and don't feel like worrying over my more expensive carbon knife.
I sharpen knives a lot and I have an obsession with sharpening which has led to a burning desire to have a good knife. I decided upon the Tojiro DP after discussing the product with Mark. I have never ordered a knife online so I was a bit apprehensive. I have seen many very sharp knives, I'm familiar with a nice edge so I expected to have to sharpen the knife when I got it. I was completely blown away by the edge as I received it. It is absolutely terrific, the knife looks great as well, the box it came in is even top notch. After having the opportunity to use the knife I'm extremely pleased and I've already ordered more as gifts. The price is right, it will be easy to sharpen and as always, when dealing with Mark and Sue I got Executive Service, I'm a happy man.
Money well spent! This knife is sharp OTB, very easy to use, and has a very clean look. No complaints whatsoever. If you are looking to buy a simple prep knife and are on a budget, this is the one to get. Thanks CKTG!
my first good knife. i have nothing to compare it to but i love it. i cook more just to use the knife. i just need to be more careful with it since i cut myself a few times with out even knowing i did. i use this knife for every cutting chore in the kitchen. buy it!!!
Best starter knife! This knife just makes life easier at work and at home!I work in a high volume production kitchen and had always dreaded having to cut chicken with our stock knives. I had been wanting a good knife for home use anyway and my Exec Chef told me only Japanese and I am glad he did! With a little research I feel I got the best bang for the buck! I use this at work and at home on my third week and darn that blade is still sharp....Oh yeah cutting chicken at work is kind of fun now I can cut it thinner, faster and the cuts are so much cleaner...OOPS forgot to mention the knife is so light (yet balanced) I feel a lot less fatigued!My Exec Chef is so impressed with it he says he will probably buy one and he owns knives costing 4 or 5 times more than this!
This is a fantastic knife for the price! I'm new to Japanese knives, and the edge retention as well as the out of the box sharpness exceed expectations. This is the first knife that my wife and I grab, so I guess I'll have to get another to avoid conflict! Do not hesitate to grab this gem.
I just love these knives. if your a newbie you'll have to learn to chop and slice all over.(the wife almost cut her finger off lol) Razor sharp out of the box. Best knives I've owned so far. I'll start buying more as time goes on from Mark. Great customer service and great value! Forget williams and sonama or other stores , buy here you won't be dissapointed
After 25 yrs of mostly contented professional, demanding use of heavy German steel, this tojiro is a minor revelation. Prep is faster, easier and looks and eats better than i've experienced. I don't worry my knife will lose its edge before i'm done with a task. I don't see buying another western knife
I'm not sure if this is the norm, but my Tojiro was a bit dull - to the point where it squishes tomatoes. Some sharpening has helped. Other than the edge, I am happy, especially with the fast shipping and great packing.
Hello,I received my Tojiro DP 210mm gyuto today. I cut up some onions and potatoes with it. The knife worked flawlessly. The blade went thru the onions and potatoes like they were not there. For the price this knife is a great deal, period....Thanks Mark for your comments on this knife...
I own a knife sharpening business so I see and handle LOTS of knives. Of course, I USE them as well. The value of the Tojiro DP's just cannot be beat. These are light, sharp, beautiful knives at a price that makes them affordable for anyone who is serious about cooking. I expect that in years to come, this three-ply design will be a standard in kitchens around the world. The VG-10 steel center ply with a Rockwell hardness of 60 ensures that they will stay very sharp for a long, long time. Although a number of Japanese mfrs produce this style of knives, the Tojiro DP line is the value leader.
Great knive, The finish could have been better but for this price unbeatable. its now my workhorse in the kitchen. The shipping on mark's side was excellent. I ordered it on monday, it was in the netherlands on friday. To bad stupid netherlands customs took 4 days to process it and they charged me 25 bucks import costs. But with the shipping and Import costs still a great buy and a fair price :) to bad i don't live in the usa, i would have gone s/chopping crazy!thank you CKTG!
Got one of these for one of my cooks. I was blown away by the value! This knife is the best deal on the net! Fit and finish are both far better than I expected. It handles well and the blade is quite sharp with good edge retention. Id give it four stars for quality and another for value!
Impressively sharp, right out of the box. Still getting used to it. Not as much rocker from the tip to the heel, as with my german knife. Sort of a long flat section from the heel to middle of the knife (or it's just a much more gradual curve), so it's almost like a nakiri combined with a chef's knife in some ways. If you tend to point with your index finger on top of the blade, rather then pinch, the square edges on top of the blade are still sharp enough to cause discomfort, but not actually cut you. I have a tendency to hold the knife further down on the handle, so I have to consciously choke up on my grip so I'm putting more downward force with my palm, rather than with my fingers pinching the blade, or else the top of the blade tends to rub my index finger raw. Looking forward to getting more of the Tojiro knives.
Got this and the pairing knife combo set. These are my first good knives. The feel excellent, well balanced, sharp right out of the box. When I was shopping I handled the Shun's, the Wusthof and a few others that I read recommendations for and these were def. the best bang for the buck. Thanks to CK2Go for fast shipping and easy transaction. I will tell everybody.
Have been purchasing knives for my daughter for her new home. The Tojiro DP may not be the best choice for a newbie, but since they are so reasonably priced and take a great edge (at least for a while in somewhat abusive hands) they'll do until she improves her skills.
This was a gift for my son. He was thrilled and used the knife many times before returning to New Zealand (home). We will make additional purchases as the need arises. Great service and a great product. thank you!
I just feel compelled to tell you that yours is the most ridiculously informative site of this nature I have ever come across.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Very grateful such a dedicated and informative group of people provide excellent steel at competitive prices with superior customer service! A million thank yous!
Great service and quick shipping. Best selection of Japanese knives around. I recommend this site to all of my fellow culinary professionals!
Always the best. Quick shipping, description matches what is delivered and the price, you can't beat them. I always come here to order anything I might need for the kitchen and I am never disappointed.
My go to company for kitchen gear. Awesome selection of knives and tools. Super fast shipping. Never had a problem and questions about all products are answered quickly. Great customer service.