Maboroshi no Meito Chefs Knife - Gyuto, Traditional - 180mm
Product Description for Maboroshi no Meito Chefs Knife - Gyuto, Traditional - 180mm
Maker: Teruyasu Fujiwara (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 88990
Blade length: 7.60 in.
Cutting edge length: 7.25 in.
Total length: 13.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.80 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 4.25 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.75 oz.
Blade: Hand forged Shirogami #1 carbon steel (white steel #1), forged between layers of stainless steel, Hrc 64-65. Features finger rest.
Handle: Traditional Japanese octagonal ho wood handle with buffalo horn ferrule
Description: The gyuto is modeled after the French pattern chef's knife. Longer and slimmer than the santoku, it is well suited to preparation of meat and may be used as a 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 right.
Knives by Teruyasu Fujiwara are among the best performing knives anywhere. The quality of the sharpness is exceptional and the edge retention is nearly unparalleled. Slicing a tomato or potato provides nearly no resistance.
Swordsmith Teruyasu Fujiwara the fourth has named these knives Maboroshi no Meito, “Visionary Sword Celebrated in Victory" -- a bold claim, but one that is deserved. Fujiwara’s knives exceed all expectations of performance and edge holding.
Over 130 years ago, Teruyasu Fujiwara the first began his career as a master blacksmith, forging farm tools. When his son Fujiwara the second was of age, he was apprenticed to the famous Tokyo swordsmith Masahide Suishinshi. After some years of training, he retuned to his father’s shop and commenced his successful life as a master swordsmith. The family continued this tradition until sword making was restricted after WWII. By the end of the 1960s, the Fujiwara family began making kitchen knives. They were determined to make knives that would make a swordsmith's family proud. To this end, they spent the next ten years developing the steel and techniques necessary to forge-weld stainless steel with high carbon steel and then properly temper the blade. It took all of the knowledge gained by the family from more than 100 years of forging swords to successfully produce their current offering of kitchen knives. Since the late 1990s, Fujiwara the fourth has continued the family tradition.
These knives are completely hand forged by a true master. The hard Shirogami #1 (white carbon steel) core is laminated between softer stainless steel. This technique results in a knife that has the performance of a carbon steel knife (a keen, long lasting edge and ease of sharpening) without many of the maintenance issues (rusting and oxidation). Because only the carbon steel cutting edge is exposed, the knife is far less likely to rust. The blade is then hardened to Rockwell 64-65 (very hard!)
The octagonal handle is comfortable for both right and left handed users. It is formed from ho wood, the traditional wood for Japanese knife handles. Ho wood holds up extremely well in the harsh environment of the kitchen. A buffalo horn ferrule completes the handle. The blade is distal tapered for the best possible balance and performance. The hand-hammered surface reduces the likelihood of food sticking to the side of the knife while chopping and slicing.
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