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Gyuto for a birthday present

Sun May 05, 2013 4:36 am

Hello all!

I'm currently looking for the perfect starter gyuto for my boyfriend. We both do quite a bit of cooking with him mainly dealing with the meat (chicken and beef) and me slicing up the vegetables and doing the actual cooking (which is mainly Chinese and some Japanese). I'm looking for a gyuto we can both enjoy and will be a great start for his beginning knife collection. I'm currently looking at the following but any and all suggestions are welcome!

- Yamashin White #1 Gyuto 210mm
- Tojiro DP Gyuto 210mm
- Tojiro DP Damascus 180mm Gyuto
- Fujiwara FKM Stainless Gyuto 210mm

Also...
1. Are you right handed? Both right handed
2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..) gyuto
3. What size knife are you looking for? 180 to 210
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? Either
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? Either (I've used both and he loves both)
6. How much did you want to spend? $100 or under
7. Do you know how to sharpen? No but we'll learn from his father

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Sun May 05, 2013 8:16 am

CAT <> The Richmond Artifex is going to offer you the best stainless steel available at that price point http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar21.html, and it's heat treated to HRC 60+.

If you are into a reactive blade, the Yamashin is a great value in White#1.

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Sun May 05, 2013 8:04 pm

I think he'd enjoy a reactive blade which is why I was considering the yamashin. He loves the patina on all his older tools and the cast iron fan I managed to find for him. Plus I do like that it's easy to sharpen because he's said he's had bad luck sharpening (but without being taughtl

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Sun May 05, 2013 10:06 pm

CAT <> Make it a BlockBuster night... ;) http://www.chefknivestogo.com/vitu.html

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Mon May 06, 2013 1:29 pm

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar21ca52.html

Artifex in carbon....and a great carbon too.

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Mon May 06, 2013 2:40 pm

Adam Marr wrote:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar21ca52.html

Artifex in carbon....and a great carbon too.



What's the handle like on that one and how is the edge right out of the box?

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Mon May 06, 2013 2:51 pm

Handle is kind of simple and on the small-medium side and the edge is respectable.

Re: Gyuto for a birthday present

Mon May 06, 2013 2:53 pm

The handle is decently shaped Black Micarta. It's more rounded than many other Japanese Western style handles and doesn't have that blocky feel to it. Pretty comfy and it has good fit and finish to it.
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