Yauji Yoshihiro Blue #2 Damascus Kiritsuke Gyuto 210mm Ebony Handle (Single Bevel)
Working under Takefu Knife Village in Echizen, Japan, Yauji Yoshijiro is a highly experienced bladesmith who apprenticed under the tutelage of respected knifemaker Hideo Kitaoka. One of the few craftsmen making single bevel gyutos, his forging experiments have yielded some very interesting carbon steel blades. Yoshihiro’s journey dates back to his interest in DIY as a child, where he felt a deep connection with knives because in his words, they “represent the starting point of mankind.” The use of bladed tools during the Stone Age to cut down trees was the catalyst for the development of civilization in Yoshihiro’s eyes. Since 2019, Yoshihiro has been making knives independently and does all the forging, grinding, finishing and sharpening himself.
Made from Blue #2 carbon steel and clad in soft iron, Yauji Yoshihiro blades are fairly easy to sharpen while sporting great edge retention. These unique knives can be used in creative ways, for instance, as a tall yanagiba or a very long and thin usuba. Having a single-bevel can also lead to some interesting methods of cutting meat and softer vegetables. As an alternative to being a go-to kitchen knife, these can be a great investment for those looking for a unique sharpening project.
Note: these knives steer to the left and are designed only for right handed use. When the kasumi finish begins to fade over time with use, simply use Tosho’s In-House Kasumi Powder to restore its original beauty.
This kiritsuke-gyuto is a single beveled chef's knife. It is essentially a chef's knife with a twist. It serves the same function as an all-purpose knife, and although some swear that the accentuated tip makes it easier to execute fine cuts, we find that the k-tip mostly offers aesthetic power boost (rough guess 50%).
Brand: Yauji Yoshihiro
Blacksmith: Yauji Yoshihiro
Producing Area: Echizen-Fukui/ Japan
Profile: Kiritsuke Gyuto
Steel Type: Carbon Steel
Steel: Blue (Aogami) #2, Soft Iron Clad
Handle: Ebony & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Octagonal
Total Length: 359mm
Edge Length: 215mm
Handle to Tip Length: 227mm
Blade Height: 48mm
Handle Length: 133mm
Hand Orientation: Right Handed