Yoshihiro VG-10 16 Layer Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel Gyuto Chefs knife

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Forged and hammered with 16 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core, the VG-10 Hammered Damascus Series has been a perennial best seller, combining performance, beauty, and extraordinary value.
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The most versatile and essential of all knives a cook can have is a Japanese chefs knife known as a Gyuto knife. Preparing delicious meals starts with taking wholesome ingredients and using the best tools such as a high quality chefs knife to make every meal into something special. From dicing, slicing, and chopping fresh produce from a farmers market to carving a roast chicken straight from the oven, even the simplest tasks are elevated with a handcrafted knife that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Our VG-10 Hammered Damascus Gyuto Chef Knife is forged with a Western style curved blade that smoothly rocks back and forth with an extended tip for quick chopping. Forged and hammered with 16 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core, this knife is complimented with a premium Western style handcrafted mahogany handle that extends to the full tang of the knife and is NSF certified for commercial kitchens and ergonomically welds to the hand for seamless use. The hammered texture of the blade eliminates friction and keeps food from sticking to the blade. Every knife from Yoshihiro is handcrafted by master artisans creating a unique one of a kind work of art.
Grade: Damascus Edge Angle: Double Edged
Size: See Description Bolster Material: Stainless Steel
Knife Style: Gyuto HRC: 60
Handle Shape: Mahogany wood Saya Cover: None
Material: VG-10 Stainless Steel Origin: Made in Japan
Handle Material: Mahogany wood Stain Resistant: Yes

Customer Reviews

Use with reverence but one caveat... Review by Nicole
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I am a chef and this knife is exactly what I needed for my day to day work. The only issue I had is that my blade started chipping almost immediately after I started using it. A fellow chef assured me that it was most likely just the metal and not poor craftsmanship. I am inclined to believe this as my other coworker has the same knife but with the blonde handle and his is perfectly fine. The knife barely needs to be sharpened and normally can be honed with little effort. It really is a nice piece.
Very happy with this knife Review by Laughlin
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I'm so picky with cutlery that it took me a few months to finally settle on this chefs knife and the matching pairing knife. This chefs knife looks fantastic and arrived very sharp. The finish of the handle and blade are perfect. There are no raised imperfections along the tang or rivets. The wood handle feels solid and is easy to hold makes it easy to confidently work with. I was concerned about the Damascus feature because cheap acid etching "damascus" is very common but is too obviously fake. This damascus is the real deal and you can tell right away. The pairing knife looks perfect next to this chefs knife as well. I was worried that the two knifes would have some finish or quality differences since they were not sold and bought as a set but, side by side, you would never know. They look perfect. I've used this knife several times a week for about two months and it is just as sharp as when it arrived, the handle looks and feels exactly the same. After months of research I'm confidant that I bought the perfect knife for this budget.
Slices meat perfectly thin and minces onions effortlessly Review by Cheryl
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If you love to cook, if you love to eat, then you need this knife. I bought a Wusthoff Ikon Santoku and I really was not that impressed. I was impressed with this knife. I gauge a knife by how well it slices an onion and this does a superb job. It's a joy to use. I'm 60 years old and I've cooked a long time and I treated myself to this knife and I'm very happy with it. I just sliced a steak with it, and I'm able to slice it thin. I really am very happy with this purchase.
Great knife, reasonable price Review by Joshi.s
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Love this knife, my girl (trained chef) uses this one over all of her and my older knives. While not a full tang handle this blade is sharper and stays sharper than any other knife we have owned. Great look and feel, may need the occasional re-sharpening as most knives do but I would buy this one again in a heartbeat. Love the Damascus steel look, for a very reasonable price.
A beautiful chef's knife to behold! Review by lover that Brooklyn
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I couldn't be happier with this very lovely gyuto. The craftsmanship, fit and finish, and aesthetics are on the level of much more expensive knives. The blade is beautiful thing to behold - razor sharp, and wonderful complex. Would recommend me this without reservation!
Excellence in Form and Function Review by Nick Vargish
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The first thing you will notice when you unwrap the knife is that it is absurdly beautiful. The high polish and damascus hammering produce a contrast that captivates the eye. Paired with the mahogany handle, its a work of art that belongs on a stand, not concealed in a knife block. The second thing you will notice is the amazing balance; precision cuts with the tip are as effortless as slicing with the main blade. The edge is without reproach, and though the blade is not as wide as similarly sized German knives, there is no sacrifice of rigidity. Without a doubt, this knife is my single favorite piece of kitchen equipment.
Chef Approved! Review by Chef Case
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I purchased the 8" gyuto from Yoshihiro Cutlery and received it within 2 days from purchase. The knife came packaged in a handsome box with instructions for handling.

My immediate attention was brought to how incredibly sharp it was from the box.

After a couple hours of prepping I began to notice a few flaws. The first was a slight gap in the left side of the ferrule/blade line.

Also the edges of the spine and choil were quite sharp. I called Yoshihiro Cutlery in Beverly Hills, CA and spoke to Bruce.

He understood right away what I was referring to and asked if I would like to exchange the knife for a replacement. I told him I would, and sent it back. Upon inspection of my knife, they sent me pictures of multiple knives for me to select from! The one I chose was then sanded and polished to smooth out the spine and choil of the blade and an extra hand sharpening was done by the owner, Bruce. I received my replacement knife in 2 days! The whole process took 5 business days for shipping and turn around, from California to North Carolina. To say that I am impressed by the customer service of Yoshihiro Cutlery would be an understatement. I will be recommending them to all of my colleagues! Brilliant job!
Love this knife Review by B.Reese
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This is an excellent knife. Very sharp out of the box. Excellent balance and feel. Beautiful to look at and a joy to use.
Good knife but description could have more detail Review by Peter D.Reimer
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This knife arrived in a nice, thin cardboard box that (I believe) is impractical as storage, but makes a nice presentation as a gift. It came with a clear soft plastic guard that slips over the blade (not stiff). I saw this same exact knife at the Korin store in lower Manhattan for $140 (a very good authority in knives) but at the Korin store it was "Togiharu hammered damascus steel", not "Yoshihiro". I'm not sure if one brand is better than the other. I'd hate to think I got some imitation, you know like "not the real thing" but I can't say. It really seems like a top quality knife and I would have given it 5 stars if not for the lack of product description of which more below. I don't want to bash Yoshihiro. I really have no idea who is better. Just letting you know there is another "hammered damascus steel" knife out there.

On the paper instructions for care for the knife that comes with it, it is advised not to use this knife with acidic foods like tomatoes as it could discolor the steel. I think this should have been included in the product description, but I can see why they would not have put it there as it might discourage buyers. We do not use it on tomatoes in compliance with the instructions.

Also the bevel appears to be 70/30 on the knife edge, not 50/50. I have taught myself a little bit about knives lately and this is a very important distinction which should have been in the description. If the bevel is anything other than 50/50, then the left and right handed factor becomes an issue. This product arrived with what appears to be a 70 degree angle bevel on the outside, therefore left-handed people should not order this. The only mention of bevel in the online description is "double sided". Please someone correct me if I am wrong. I am only a novice in knives.
Extremely sharp, well-balanced knife Review by E.Lam
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Cutting with this knife has been a dream. Ginger sliced like butter and little-to-no effort was required when cutting and trimming lamb. The knife has a full tang and is well-balanced when held in both the left and right hands. The oak handle is beautiful and is easy to hold in both the left and right hands. When considering this knife, I was also considering Shun, however the Shuns are not ambidextrous and thus not an option in my household. The hammered texture or "tsuchime" actually works and food does not stick to the blade as much as my other knives. I'll definitely consider getting another Yoshihiro knife the next time I'm in the market.

The care instructions that were packaged with the knife were in Japanese but English care instructions were easy enough to find on the manufacturer's website.
Very very sharp out of box it looks great with the hammer markings we'll balanced a must have ... Review by Nicolas Herrera
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Very very sharp out of box it looks great with the hammer markings we'll balanced a must have knive for kitchen enthusiast, also have the wusthof 7" knive witch is heavier but also a great knive price is about the same I use the yoshihiro knife for meets and the wusthof knive for fruits/vegetables both knives are awesome
Betst Knife i own Review by Phillip J. Romans
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I am a cabinetmaker and sometimes a Sous Chef for my wife, and I cook. I know a good product when I see one. I also know about sharpening since I spend a lot of time on my hand tools. My new Yoshihiro Damascus Japanese chef Knife Gyuto 8 is as good as it gets. I spent a lot of time sharpening some of my other knives after using them, only to have to sharpen them again the next time I needed them.
My new Yoshihiro knife stays sharp consistently and is comfortable to use.
This is a winner.
This is a sexy beast that not only looks good in the kitchen it is a fine tool, too. Review by S Davern
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This is a sexy beast, when working in the kitchen and pull this knife out my comrades in cooking drool over my knife. It is a beautiful thing, never tire of looking at it. And, it sharpens well and holds it. The knife fits my hand perfectly. Love that the handle is wood and not plastic as your hands don't slide when they are wet or have oil on them. Have used this knife everyday for the last 7 months and it looks as good as the day I got it. It is my favorite knife in looks and in quality. Really glad I got it, it is a great investment that will last for many, many years. The balance is good, too.
FANTASTIC Knife, Awesome VALUE! -- Class-leading build quality & performance -- It outperforms many knives costing twice as much Review by ZapNZs
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FANTASTIC KNIFE -- I have only used one Yoshihiro knife (this 8 inch chef's knife) but I absolutely love it and think that this is not just one of the best-looking knives made, but also one of the best-performing knives I have used anywhere near its respective price class. Yoshihiro's Hammered Damascus gyuto is the chef's knife that has the performance & build quality that more mainstream brands (such as Global, Kyocera, Shun, Zwilling-JA.H., etc.) cannot match (and at a price that is often lower!)

The styling, steel, heat treatment of the steel, and overall performance leaves you with a knife that I feel is one the finest examples of high-quality cutlery. This Yoshihiro is in my opinion in a quality and performance class comparable to that of the legendary Konosuke HD Gyuto. If you want one super-nice Damascus chef's knife with incredible looks, incredible build-quality, incredible performance, and incredible value, THIS IS IT!

If it is of interest to you, these are the specific reasons why I really like this knife...
--QUALITY, FIT-&-FINISH -- the quality of the finish is just exceptional - it is better than my Shun Premier and Shun Onion, comparable to my Konosuke HD, and not far off from my Konosuke Fujimaya (which is a $500 knife) - while this Yoshihiro is priced only at around $125-$135, the build quality is what I would expect to see in a knife costing $250+. I do not own and have not used any knife priced at $130 that I think has a fit-and-finish comparable to that of the Yoshihiro.
--STEEL -- VG-10 is a great steel when the heat treatment is done right (and when the heat treatment is poor, it tends to chip like crazy...) Yoshihiro does a darned fine job and the real-world gain from their great heat treatment is that the knife can slice aggressively, hold an excellent edge, sport excellent toughness for this type of blade, do a great job at resisting corrosion, and be easy to sharpen. While there are tons of VG-10 knives on the market, very few perform this well.
--EDGE GEOMETRY AND IMPROVED CUTTING PERFORMANCE -- the fantastic geometric design of the blade has the real-world benefit that less physical force is required to achieve the same results. This excellent edge geometry also improves edge-holding and makes sharpening easier.
--DURABILITY -- the method in which the handles are mated to the blade and the cosmetic hammered finish means this knife will hold up for decades when cared for, and the Mahogany wood itself is a durable hardwood capable of standing up to usage and resisting cosmetic damage. The blade steel itself as well as the way the blade was manufactured gives the blade more toughness than many other knives of this type. This knife is built to last and, when properly cared for, will give the owner decades of enjoyment.
--THE HANDLE -- it's a very pretty wood in-person (looks MUCH nicer than the pics and it compliments the hammered blade nicely), plus it feels balanced and nimble in the hand and is comfortable to use with both more Eastern and more Western style grips. I prefer the "pinch grip" for when doing a lot of repetitive cutting and find the knife very comfortable and easy to settle into a consistent rocking motion.
--THE LOOKS -- the knife SCREAMS "Classy"...for a damascus/wood knife, it manages to maintain a lower-profile look, so it is not gaudy, but the damascus and wood compliment each other in a way that is just pleasing to eyes. People ALWAYS ask me about this knife when they see it in my case. And frankly, pictures do not do this knife justice.

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If this is one of your first purchases for high-end kitchen cutlery, I strongly recommend this Yoshihiro (along with the Konosuke White #2 or HD, Suisin INOX and Kikuichi Elite Carbon or Performance TKC). The 8 or 9 inch chef's knife (or gyuto) is generally the kitchen workhorse. It makes prep-work easier, and is very versatile. So my belief is that the knife worth spending the most money on is this one, and that the Yoshihiro is money-well-spent. Rather than buying a slightly less expensive knife and upgrading a few years down the road (which is the route I went and it got expensive fast!), initially buying this Yoshi gives you a knife that is at the pinnacle of performance. This is not one of the knives that cooks tend to "out-grow," and unless you decide to spend $500+ on something like a clad Takeda or Konosuke Fujimaya in Blue #2, this is it.

If you are considering Shun and especially if you are considering the Shun Premier or Onion lines, then I think this is a knife worth giving consideration towards (I own the Shuns and I like the Yoshihiro much more and think is a better knife...I also strongly prefer the Yoshi over Kyocera's LTD ceramic, Wusthof's Ikon, and Global's GF, among others.) If you are considering something to complement an existing set or looking to upgrade the chef's knife to a high-end performer, this Yoshi is a fantastic choice.

While not cheap, I see fine kitchen cutlery as an investment in a sense that it encourages one to eat-in more, which saves money over eating out and can be beneficial to health. The steel is exceptional. The quality is second-to-none and comparable to knives costing much more. It looks great. It performs great. It is built to give you decades of great performance if you care for it. You really can't go wrong here, if you ask me...
Excellent value, beautiful craftsmanship, great customer service from the seller- most importantly scary sharp out of the box! Review by Rick
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Firstly, I don't usually write reviews, but I just had to for this item.

Very high quality blade that is sharper than any other knife I own.

Right out of the box it was very, very sharp. Did the paper test and it cuts better than my current kitchen knives. Slicing a tomato is effortless. Easier than a hot knife through butter! Use the best sharpening stones you can afford to ensure the blade remains sharp. "King" stones are good quality for the money from Japan. Do not use a steel sharpening rod, it is too harsh on this blade. Get a ceramic rod and or a strop (with or without polishing compound) to finish the sharpening of the knife.

Knife is smaller than a usually 8-9.5" western Chef Knife. However, it is a great size for all tasks with a good weight and nice hand to it. I did not notice any real difference while performing my normal tasks compared to my western Chef's knife.

The hammer damascus is gorgeous and much better than in the pictures. The handle is made of nice quality wood. I will likely be oiling the handle once a month to maintain it's luster.

Lastly, the seller- Yoshihiro Cutlery - is a wonderful seller with prompt shipping service and high quality customer service! Please don't hesitate to buy from them!

I would recommend and buy this knife again. Currently I am looking to purchase the Paring knife and the Santoku knife in the same style in the near future.

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