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 240mm Gyuto is great for those who prefer a large, heavier knife.
About Yoshikazu Tanaka - Yoshikazu Tanaka is a blacksmith in Sakai, considered to be one of the best blacksmiths in the region. He only forges 30 knives a day, which may sound like a lot but is actually half as many as a lot of blacksmiths.
This particular line is a collaboration between Knifewear and Sakai Kikumori, a knife distributor in Sakai who represents Tanaka-san. We have asked Yoshikazu Tanaka to forge the blades and Ajioka san to sharpen. The soft, misty finish was also specially chosen by us. The blade is forged with Shirogami #2, a traditional high-carbon steel beloved by knife makers and chefs alike for its extreme sharpness and excellent edge retention.