Sakai Takayuki Homura by Itsuo Doi Kengata Gyuto 225mm

About the shape - Inspired by the profile of a traditional European chef knife, gyutos are a multi purpose knife with a slight meat cutting bias and “gyuto” even translates to “cow sword”. If you want one knife to do it all, This is it. The longer blade typically gives the blade a forward balance that allows it to work for you. While the blade would ideally by slid forward or back while cutting, they are also great for folks that prefer to 'rock' their knife while cutting.

About the Maker - Sakai Takayuki is well-known as the largest knife maker in Sakai. The company hosts a number of blacksmiths and craftsmen who work together to create a huge array of knives. The most famous blacksmith at the company is Itsuo Doi - they have built a factory for him to work in and produce his art. 

Ituso Doi-san is the son of a legendary blacksmith Keijiro Doi, who perfected the technique of forge-welding steel at the lowest temperature possible and passed it down to his son.This technique means that the carbon steel will not lose much of its carbon during the forge-welding process, which allows him to make a knife that is protected by soft steel, without sacrificing the hardness of the core steel.

Originally Doi-san specialized in single-bevel knives, but Sakai Takayuki (the knife brand that represents Doi-san) convinced him to make double-beveled knives. These babies have all of the precision and classic design of a single bevel knife, combined with the function of a double-bevel blade.

Knife Shape Kengata Gyuto
Blade Length 225mm
Steel Type
#2 Aogami (Blue carbon) core with carbon steel cladding
Rockwell Hardness 61:63
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Octagon Ebony wood handle with buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith Itsuo Doi