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.
The 210mm Gyuto is a great larger knife for home cooks, or a standard size for professionals.
About Haruyuki Mugi - These knives are the perfect gateway into Japanese knives and make a perfect gift. They look great, have a familiar feel because of the western style handle and the performance of the steel will blow you away. The hammered surface will break up surface tension allowing the knife to glide easily through the food as you slice and dice.
These are forged out of AUS-8, a stainless steel that is harder than your average kitchen knife but not quite as hard some of the carbon and high-tech steels of Japan. In normal speak, it will keep an incredible edge for a long time but is more durable than most Japanese knives. The handle is made from Pakka wood, a durable material made of wood that has been treated with resin.