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M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 4:29 am

Eventually landed.......now to take it to the stones, then for a test drive......

Flat Funyaki profile

Makers logo

Tapered Wa handle - stabilized buckeye burl, solid carbon fibre ferrule, Yellow G10 & titanium spacers

Next to my ZDP-189 Konosuke

Kono Left - M390 right

Nice convex grind

Balance point at the maker's logo

Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 4:33 am

Man that looks really nice!!! I like the Carbon Fiber pattern on the ferrule!

Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 6:11 am

On my phone right now and can't see the video at work, but who made this knife?

Looks amazing Rookie!

Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 6:17 am

South African knife maker who has extensive working knowledge & experience with M390 and he lives on my doorstep!!

His name is Gareth Bull - his website is currently undergoing maintenance, but here is some links to his work...


http://www.sablade.com/forums/showthrea ... he-grinder

This is by far the best fit & finish I have ever seen.


Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 7:21 am


Bet you can't wait to use it.

Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 9:07 am

Nice nice nice Rookie. Ask Gareth if he would like to sell me some knives. I would love to work with him.

Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 11:31 am

That is awesome, very very nice man :)

I am currently working on a M390 240mm gyuto myself, as well as a nakiri, honesuki, and a small paring knife. My handles won't be near as nice as yours, that's just beautiful man.

I also had to start with .177 thick stock, that's all I could get Bohler to send me at the time. I will probably post some pics when I get some more grinding done, this steel is pretty wicked to work with.

I would love to see you post some more videos of this knife in action.


Re: M390 Gyuto Is Here!!!

Wed May 30, 2012 12:17 pm

We are lucky - we have a BÖHLER agency about 3km from me who supplies cut sizes on request - even K390.

Ok, I must admit that the handle might be a dash extravagant, but what the hell - for a knife of a lifetime......my unit is still in the prototype stage and is still going to be altered/changed until I am 100% happy with all the facets required of a practical gyuto - that does not mean it will be a laser, but as close as can be to ensure a good convex grind and be able to cope with all & any gyuto related kitchen duties.

The profile/geometry is based on a combination from my "famous non stiction Konosuke ZDP-189" and the new shape Konosuke Funyaki - both of which was analyzed, measured and designed via autocad with a slight twist introduced by me.

Once I have tested some more and the knife altered accordingly, I will have the final product - then clone & document it for re-production.

I already have another unit in research/production with a different steel (much tougher) and similar edge holding.... cannot wait........

Here is a hint - look at the last part of the video where the knife is smacked onto the angle iron bar......

Stay tuned........
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