The Yahiko Sanjo White #2 Nashiji Gyuto 240mm is made from the ever popular Shirogami #2 carbon steel (White #2) which is clad, san-mai style, with a jigane of a softer iron. The hagane is hardened to about 61 HRC by our blacksmith using just his eyes and experience to judge the color of the red hot steel to get it right. He hammer forges the outer cladding and gives it a very attractive and unique kurouchi/nashiji finish. Some nice hand engraved kanji can be found on the blade side, which adds to the fine look of the knife.
The geometry of the blade is very well executed with a fairly high grind. While the spine is a bit thick out of the handle, it tapers very quickly to a very fine tip. 240mm gyutos are the perfect kitchen cutter, if space allows. These knives are the most capable of all blade designs in terms of general abilities. They can tackle almost any ingredient and are easy to handle and control by most users. The balance is fairly blade-forward, and will fall into the pinch grip area of most users. The handle is made from burnt chestnut with a buffalo horn ferrule. It is a D-shape but should not be a problem for left-handed users.
Location: Sanjo City
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: White #2
Edge Length: 250mm
Handle: Burnt Chestnut D-shaped
Ferrule: Black Buffalo Horn
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