Asai Enji Damascus Chef's Knife - Gyuto - 7 1/8 in. (180mm)
Product Description for Asai Enji Damascus Chef's Knife - Gyuto - 7 1/8 in. (180mm)
Maker: Nao Yamamoto (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 94246
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 12.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.75 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.0 oz.
Blade: Stainless damascus san mai blade with a VG-10 center core, Rc 60-61
Bolster: Dark red pakka wood ferrule
Handle: Ho wood
Description: Renowned bladesmith Masami Asai passed away in the summer of 2014. He will be greatly missed – as a person, an artist, and one of the truly great knifemakers of Japan. Before his passing, his apprentice, Nao Yamamoto, was given the right to continue to make knives under the Asai name. We are very excited to offer Yamamoto's exquisite work! We have chosen to list these knives under Yamamoto's name to honor this change of the guard.
The gyuto is modeled after the French pattern chef's knife. Longer and slimmer than the santoku, it is well suited to slicing and chopping -- an ideal general purpose chef's knife. The long blade is needed for the sawing motion required to cut meat and the slim profile keeps the weight low and the balance perfect. This knife has a perfect shape for a rocking chop and is sure to be a goto knife.
Each knife is individually hand-forged beginning with a high carbon VG-10 premium stainless steel core (hagane). This is surrounded by many layers of high contrast Damascus. This time consuming process creates a knife with outstanding edge holding and beauty. The blade is distal tapered for optimal balance and has an extremely thin, keen edge for high performance.
The right-handed 'D' shape handle fits comfortably and securely in the hand and is best used by a right-handed user. It is formed from ho wood, the traditional wood for Japanese handles. This wood, which is a relative of magnolia, holds up extremely well in the harsh environment of the kitchen. A dark red pakka wood ferrule adds nice contrast. Each knife is sent in a nice gift box.
Like other kitchen knives, this knife should not be put in a dishwasher.
Availability: Backordered - usually ships in 1-2 months