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Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:38 am

Great choice avu, let us know what u think of it.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:56 pm

avuroski wrote:Thanks all - it was a hard decision, but I'm going to take a chance with the Itto-Ryo 210. It's the right width - gorgeous wa handle, the medium weight and size seems like it would be a perfect fit for my larger hands (and maybe an easier transition from my previous clunky western knife), and I have to admit, I just love the appearance. I've heard great things about its sharpness, and even if it may not be the technically best, I think it will be a good first Japanese knife for me. Will post a review after a couple months of use! Thanks all!


Looks like a good knife! I like how the cladding is done.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:09 pm

I'd like to know how reactive the cladding is.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:44 pm

"I'd like to know how reactive the cladding is."

Will let you know!

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:26 pm

The cladding is not reactive at all. Very slight discoloration on it but the edge is getting very colorful with blue hues which look very cool since it is highly polished. I have noticed NO iron odors whatsoever.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:49 pm

That's great. I'm liking it even more. How do you like it so far?

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:14 pm

I like it allot.
I've had it a short time but has become my fav. in the 180-210 range.
Goes through product very easy.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:59 pm

Had this for a few days, and wow! Really special knife. I think I'm going to be using this for a long time.

Really, really comfortable to hold. The width and rounded edges make a great difference. I could say a lot, but the video review available here seems accurate in my experience. The only thing I'd say is that my knife wasn't as wide as I was looking for - the specs said 49mm and this was just a hair under 47mm. But the shank is so small, that using a pinch grip (which you really have to with this knife), it makes no difference - tons of knuckle clearance for a tall guy with big hands.

Originally had a mirror polished finish at the base, but I decided to go ahead and force a patina on it for fun, and really like how it came out. I have a really detailed picture of the knife here, if you want to see the cladding and the patina (neither would be visible at the 400x400 resolution available):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bvr7476qe6m8x ... oto210.jpg

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:00 pm

btw - the picture above will only show up in small resolution when it first loads, just click on it to get the full resolution.

Re: Wide Gyuto Recommendation

Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:54 am

Wow that looks great, the cladding looks pretty unreactive.

Does anyone have the itto ryu in a 240, what are your thoughts on it? The 8 oz weight sounds heavy, along with the blade heavy aspect of wa knives does that create fatigue?
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