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Good Gyuto for lefties.

Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:10 am


I am trying to pick a Gyuto knife. I am left handed. I have a few questions:

What are the differences between your Richmond Laser 240mm Gyuto vs Richmond Hammered Damascus 240mm Gyuto you have on sale?

What is the edge of either knife, 50/50?

When do you expect to obtain more Richmond Lasers?

Finally, I live in the west side of Madison, WI. I could pick up the knife if saving on shipping on your end would make any difference?

Thank you,


Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:13 am

Hi Alex,

Both knives are ground with 50/50 blade grinds and edges so they will work for you.

The Laser is made from AEB-L stainless steel and the knife is thin.

The Richmond Damascus in a little thicker and made with a different stainless steel and the cladding is much different and really cool looking.

The handles are the same.

We ship for free but you are welcome to pick it up if you like. I'm out of the 240 Laser for a while but the Richmond Damascus should be in stock at least for the time being.

Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:53 am

Hi, Mark!

I am looking for a gyuto as a Christmas gift for my father who is also a lefty. His wife is right-handed so a 50-50 bevel would probably be best but isn't required. This will be his first nice kitchen knife so I am thinking a 240 would be a good place to start a collection for him. I plan to add a 150 petty for Father's Day. I would like to stay around the $100 price point for the gyuto, if possible. Can you recommend some knives that might work well for households that have a lefty and a righty?

Thank you,


Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:13 pm

Yeah, a 50/50 ground blade would be best. The Richmond Artifex would be a great option at that price...as would the Fujiwara.



Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:08 pm

Thanks for the quick response, watercrawl. I find it interesting that you mention the Fujiwara, because I have the 150 petty and I like it. But I was told by another esteemed knife expert that the Fujiwara's are strongly right handed. I have the Artifex myself, so it is a possibility. Are there any other Japanese knives that would work?


Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:49 pm

Huh, I thought the Fujiwara's were 50/50...sorry!! :)

Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:28 pm

You got me curious so I just took out my Fujiwara and it does have a much stronger angle on the right side of the knife. There is hardly any bevel on the left. So then I checked out my Artifex and it seems more equal. If anything the bevel is a little bit stronger on the left side of the knife.

Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:18 pm

I did some additional reading on the board and besides the Artifex, it looks like the Tojiro DP is also recommended for left/right families. Is this the right one?

I can't tell what the bevel looks like in the picture or video. It mainly only shows the right side of the knife. Is it 50/50?

How is the Tojiro different than the Artifex? Is there anything else that I am missing?

I also just realized that I have a 210 Artifex and not the 240 and that might be the way to go rather than the 240 for my father. Since both 210s are under $80, I could afford to get him the 150 petty now as well. Any suggestions? I am not limited to $100 as my overall budget but I would like to stay below $150 for one or both knives.



Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:38 pm

the tojiro dp is 50/50 as far as i know. i have one and i'm a lefty also.

Re: Good Gyuto for lefties.

Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:05 am

Yeah, I'm pretty certain the Tojiro's are 50/50.

The differences:

Artifex has a more comfortable handle and better steel

The Tojiro has a bolster that makes it look a bit nicer in my humble opinion.
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