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Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:31 am

Im looking for a heavy gyuto in 240mm that does well with root vegtables .price range 150-200
Any and all recomendations are welcome thanks.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:16 am

I don't have the experience some of the people here do, but that is a task I might point you toward the Kajihara Damascus for. The 240mm is right at $200. I am a big fan of my 210, and I have found it most effective, in comparison to other knives, on denser ingredients such as sweet potatoes. I find it requires a much more linear application of force: whereas some of my thinner knives go in easily and then get stuck, the Kajihara takes a bit more force to begin with but I don't find it gets stuck in the same way. The effort required is much more consistent throughout the cut. And if it does get stuck, it has the thickness/strength to feel like I can muscle through without hurting it.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:15 am

Hiromoto Gyuto 240mm - AS steel in stainless clad and weighing in at just over 8oz. Hiromoto Gyuto 240mm

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:44 am

My Tanaka Sekiso 240mm is my go to for sweet potatoes. The Sekiso Nakiri and Richmond AS Laser Nakiri also work very well, as does the 210mm Kohetsu gyuto.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:29 pm

Shiro-Kamo 240. This gyuto weighs the same as many other mid weights @ 196 grams. But it acts and feels like a bigger blade. It has stiff spine , very cool looking finish and the R2 steel holds an edge real well. It cuts through tall items like cabbage, big sweet potatoes and pineapples no problem.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:43 pm

Those are all good recommendations. The knife that first popped into my head was the Kajihara damascus but all the others listed are excellent choices as well.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:48 pm

I would second the hiromoto and the shiro kamo, both are awesome knives. they both work well for those things but I prefer to use my tanaka nakiri on root veg, cuts more precise.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:28 pm

I'll third the Hiromoto AS a great workhorse style knife.

However, I typically grab my thinnest knife to cut up root veggies. They don't wedge nearly as bad. There again, I'm not after production....so I can be easy with my knives.

Re: Best Gyuto to cut sweet potatos and other root veg

Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:34 pm

+1 adam

I work in a pro kitchen and I've been using my goko hammered damascus for most root veg prep.
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