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Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:07 pm

Hi,

I'm new to this, so please be gentle!

I'm looking for a 240mm Gyuto that's suitable for a left hander (me!).

I have around $200 to spend. Performance comes before looks, and I'm not really bothered whether it's a Wa or Yo handle, though I'd quite like to try a Wa - I pinch grip, and tend to slice rather than chop. I'm not bothered if it's carbon or stainless, and I would prefer 'quite thin' but not 'laser thin'. I will probably be its only user, and it will get looked after.

This is for use at home, but it will see a fair amount of use. I do my own sharpening (though I'm no expert). At the moment I'm using King stones (240/1000/6000 grit) and a fine ceramic rod for touch ups. I've also been known to use a loaded strop for 'not quite sharp enough' knives, but not sure if that's a good thing to admit! It'll be used on a large end-grain wooden board.

The Sakai Yusuke 240mm in Swedish steel has been recommended, which is a 50/50 grind. As a left hander, are there others I should consider?

Thanks for any help.

Glenn.

Re: Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:19 pm

Hi Glen,

The Yusuke is a good knife but we're out of stock at the moment and I think there are a few that would be better.

I prefer the Konosuke HH stainless to the Yusuke and it's about the same price: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ko24wa.html

Konosukes have great fit and finish and the HH steel is also swedish stainless (I think it's AEB-L).

If you wanted to spend a little less the Sakai Takayuki Grand Chef is another good option. Same steel and a little thicker: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/wagyuto.html

Re: Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:40 pm

Thanks for the advice - I'll take a look at those and do some more head scratching!

I can't tell from looking at the product descriptions - are both of those 50/50 grinds?

Re: Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:42 am

For a yo handle knife I would consider the Kikuichi TKC 240mm Gyuto. It's semi-stainless and a GREAT cutter! http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ic24gy.html

Re: Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Fri Nov 29, 2013 4:45 am

Glenn - if you can bump up to $215, this Richmond Laser AS 240 is superb: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rilaaosu24gy1.html. It's very thin behind the edge but not an overall super thin laser like a Konosuke HH or HD.

Another option is the Kohetsu 240 Gyuto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rikoaosu24gy.html. It's less expensive than the Laser AS.

An interesting option would be the Sakai Takayuki Damascus 240 Gyuto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/satadagy240.html. These are impressive looking in person, really beautiful blades.

Re: Gyuto for a left hander - recommendations please

Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:22 pm

That Richmond Laser has got my attention! I think we have a winner. Thanks for the advice all.
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