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 be 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 Mazaki San - Mazaki-san is a relatively young blacksmith from Sanjo, but he originally hails from the island of Hokkaido. Unsure of what to do with himself as a young man, he left to travel Japan on his motorcycle. He made a stop in Sanjo, and was fascinated by the knife making & blacksmithing industry in the area. He got an apprenticeship with Yoshikane which lasted about 5 years, but he decided he would like to pursue a more traditional, hands-on way of making knives. Now, he forge-welds all of his carbon steel knives in house, and finishes his bevel with a variety of different whetstones, all by hand.
Mazaki-san prefers the more traditional Shirogami #2 to craft his knives, and leaves a rustic finish on many of his blades. Shirogami is capable of insane sharpness and edge retention. His knives have a distinctly traditional look, while still standing out from the crowd as his own creations.