The Yasunori VG-10 Hammered Damascus Gyuto
180mm is pretty much as small as gyutos get. It is a great choice for people who prefer shorter blades or users with very restricted board space. It is also a good tool for prepping garnishes and other smaller items. This knife will appeal to rock and push cutters alike. Its 50/50 grind will also be useful to both left- and right-handed users. It has a fairly thin spine that tapers very nicely towards the tip and it also possesses a fairly thin grind behind the edge.
Yasunori-san crafts this knife out of the very popular stainless steel known as VG-10. VG-10 is a stainless steel with a particularly high carbon content of 1%. It also contains 15% chromium, 1% molybdenum, 0.2% vanadium, 1.5% cobalt, and 0.5% manganese. The steel was first created by the Takefu Special Steel Company and has become the most popular stainless steel used in the making of kitchen knives. Yasunori clads the core steel with multiple layers of a softer stainless steel. The cladding is etched to reveal the lovely damascus pattern. A further hammer treatment is applied to the upper blade road, adding to the great looks while enhancing food release.
The single-piece Western handle is made from black pakka wood which is mated to a stainless bolster and secured with three stainless rivets. Great looks, high performance, and a very keen price make this lovely little gyuto
a natural choice for chefs of all kinds looking for an easy to care for and versatile kitchen utensil.
Location: Ono, Japan
Construction: San Mai
Edge Steel: VG-10
Cladding: Hammered Damascus
Edge Grind: Even (see choil shot)
Handle: Yo (Western)
Scales: Black Pakka Wood
Edge Length: 180mm
Total Length: 310mm