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Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:04 pm

Through recommendation and advice I purchased the Anryu 210mm Gyuto. I feel I have had the knife long enough to give an accurate review on it. I am only a home cook and had no experience with other J Knives before this purchase. I also cannot talk much about the geometry of this knife compared to others. I can tell you I like this one a lot.

First, customer service, the buying prices, and shipping were all top notch.

The knife arrived and I immediately took it out of the box to admire it. It is a very nice looking tool. The fit and finish appeared very well done. The edge was sharp, but really sharp. I wasn't losing any hairs to the blade. The hammered finish adds a nice touch and I preferred the darker wood handle over others. I ran some finishing stones over the blade on my wicked edge sharpener. Still needs some work though.

First task was preparing for a Ponchartrain sauce to go with blackened red drum. No complaints. Next time up was to prepare for a weekend house party/bbq. I used the knife to do anything from trimming brisket and ribs to cutting vegetables to preparing 5 different picos and salsas. Again, no complaints. The knife is nimble enough for the small items and weighty enough for the larger tasks. After 5 full days of use on various meals I did not notice any loss of edge.

The knife is easy enough for me to use so I passed it over to my wife. I don't think I will get it back now. I had originally wanted a 240 mm and feel I will purchase one soon.

The knife cleans up well. The fit and finish are still like new. The blade isn't showing any patina or anything else yet.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:08 pm

Can't go back and edit.

The OOTB edge was sharp, but NOT really sharp.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:21 pm

Nice review. I feel you on the size thing. Every time I buy a 210, I always wish I owned it in 240 from a performance perspective. That said, when it's a quick task, I almost always go for my 210s. So, I guess when I'm really thinking about it and analyzing performance, I prefer the bigger knife, but for quicker tasks outside of major meal prep, I gravitate to the 210s.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:08 pm

FireWater wrote:Can't go back and edit.


Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:14 pm

Thank you. I would not have figured that out on my own. I should've been more proactive at reading all the stickies and other areas of the board.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:57 pm

Sounds like the knife is doing the job.

Are you happy with it?

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:18 pm

Yes, I am happy with it. I do think I will get a 240 though. All around performance on this 210 is appealing and feels very comfortable in my hand. I just want a little extra length on the next one.

I think you said you lived in the Austin area, Cedar. If you want to check this knife out in person maybe we can get together in the future.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:25 pm

I'd say get something else in a 240. Try something different.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:25 pm

I have the 240mm, it is one of my favorites. I am glad you are enjoying it! I always hate stumping for something that someone ends up unhappy with.

I have a dozen knives or so from CKTG, drop me a line next time your in the market and we can see if I have something you want to have a look at.

I do agree with rayong, variety is fun.

Re: Anryu 210mm Gyuto

Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:43 pm


nice review. i have been thinking of getting the 240. Cedar, thanks for your opinons on the 240. it just made my decision a lot easier!

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