Yoshihiro VG-10 46 Layers Hammered Damascus Gyuto Japanese Chefs Knife (Octagonal-Shape Shitan Handle with Redwood bolster)

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Our VG-10 Hammered Damascus Gyuto Chef Knife is forged with 46 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core, this knife is complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted Octagonal Shitan Rosewood Handle.
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The Gyuto is a Japanese chefs knife with a curved blade that smoothly rocks back and forth and has an extended tip for quick chopping that can be used to cut meat, fish, and vegetables. Gyuto literally means beef sword and was initially used for cutting meat in Japan. The Gyuto is one of the most versatile and essential of all knives a cook can have. 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 46 layers of steel in the Damascus tradition with a VG-10 Core, this knife is complimented with a traditional Japanese style handcrafted Octagonal Shitan Handle affixed with a redwood bolster. A protective wooden sheath called a Saya is included, which protects the knife and adds to its appearance when not in 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.

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Knife is ok Review by Chen
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Ok but price steep
Brand X Review by I received this as a gift, and I am very impressed with the quality and function. It is stunningly beautiful as well. I have set
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Great knife for the kitchen
It makes me happy and I will recommend it even if you are a noob in the kitchen Review by OmNomNomNom
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This is pretty far beyond what I think I can reasonably use to it's full potential.
I'm not a chef and I don't even cook every day.
I've used the same ok-to-average-knife for 11 years now. Finally decided to spoil myself and upgrade. This might end up being pass on to my kids.

I also recently got some those ceramic knives (pretty in-expensive ones) to try, those are very sharp ... this thing feels far sharper. I really did not expect that. I'm not sure I can describe it without sound like a psycho now, but I like cutting things now.
Do not try how sharp it is with your finger, watch your fingers when you chop stuff.

The knife is quite light and nimble. Lighter than I would've expected. The blade is pretty thin. A bit blade heavy balance.
Handle seems very light. The handle is nice though, comfy.
It's not a rocking knife, the profile is too flat, but straight cuts push/pull are amazing and I can't get enough of how smooth it cuts. It's like gliding your hand on silk.

Finish is wonderful, it looks, feels and functions like something that you think would be made in Japan. The layered steel looks great. The hammering is very pretty.
I had to ogle at it for a while.

I'd like to take care of it, I'll end up getting some wet stones, I guess. I read that you kinda need those things when you get to this level of a knife.
Wipe it clean/dry and always hand wash (something I hear you must do for this level of a knife), granted I do that to my ceramic and my old basic knife too.

Being a noob, will I use this to its full potential? Absolutely not ... do I care? Not really. I like to look at it, I like to hold it and I like to use it.
It makes me happy and I will recommend it even if you are a noob in the kitchen. Maybe I'll just cook more often and get better ...

Edit: about 6 months later. I still love this knife. It's still amazingly sharp, sharper than the knives I practice sharpening on with my new wetstones. It's a little silly how good the edge retention is. However, I noticed downsides now: the hammered finish does nothing to help the food slide off, it might even get food to stick more, a little annoying. I also wish I got the slightly longer one (I got 8.25" one, probably should have gotten 9.5"). Handle wood is very hard and survives bumps etc pretty well. I already bent the knife point but fixed it as well. I'm still very happy with my knife, though it's quite premium and if you skip the pretty parts you may be able to find even more functional ones (though personally, I doubt I'd notice the difference),
5 Stars! Review by Pinyi
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Really sharp, 5 stars
5 Stars! Review by Pinyi
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Really sharp, 5 stars
A work of art that will be in use for ... Review by Khan N.
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A work of art that will be in use for the rest of my life and hopefully through the lives of my children and grandchildren too. Anyone who prepares food needs to have such a knife, I am cooking and preparing more just for the satisfaction of using this on a daily basis.
Five Stars Review by Yi
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good
Blows my shun out of the water. Review by greg
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Im very pleased with the knife. Exactly what youd exoect from a japanese hand forged knife. The blade is beautiful pictures do not do it justice and most of all its comfortable and very durable.
He was speechless <3 Review by Elizabeth
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I bought this knife for my husband for his birthday/valentines gift and he got so emotional because this is exactly what he wanted.
He has been drooling over this knife for years and I finally did some extensive research and found the knife.
He said it cuts like butter and its his fav knife to date.
It's definitely worth every penny.
Great gift for that foodie, or aspiring chef in your family.

The only thing bad I would have to say is that it was missing the black notch to secure the knife in the wood sleeve.
Its a really sharp knife and it needs to be secured safely.
Beautiful 10" knife but.... Review by Muajyeej X.
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There was also a bit of space between the heel and the bolster, like the tang hadn't fully been inserted into the handle. It was just much different from what it looked in the picture. But my wife is happy and that makes me happy.
Great knife but...not 50/50 edge....point was bent on arrival...vegetables stick to it badly. Review by NomiS
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First impressions: Beautiful knife with even greater history. Very light with outstanding maneuverability, even at its larger size. The handle and feel is similar to the Shun classic line.

Secondary impression: The knife edge is NOT 50/50 as advertised. Under close inspection (open eye and 30X jewelers loop), it is closer to 70/30. The very tip of the blade was bent enough to not allow towel drying without cotton fibers being pulled out as you wiped past the tip.
The spine is not thick uniformly, it gets slightly thicker at the bend where it starts to drop off toward the knife tip.

conclusion:
The knife feels great in the hand. The secondary impression may be a deal breaker for some, which is why they are listed. To inform potential buyers of inconsistencies found in craftsmanship. That being said, it shows that these knives are handmade and no 2 knives will be alike. The noted issues can be corrected by anyone who is not intimidated by reshaping the edge inconsistencies. Although I agree that new items should be delivered defect-free or perfect per seller description, I will not be returning this knife. I'll reshape the edge to 50/50 and straighten out the tip myself. Overall, it looks and feels like a great product.

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I have owned many of the Shun lines among other very well known European knives. This is my first attempt at "real" Japanese knives, ones that are not mass produced. I will continue purchasing from this vendor and/or other Japanese knife artisans.
Hope this review helps others. Thank you.

2 month use update
Can't get used to for these reasons-
1. Everything sticks to it while cutting. The hammered indentations have zero function in "non-stick" performance. Trying to remove potatoes, cucumbers or zucchini from the blade is impossible. The food sticks and moves along edge as you cut, resulting in foods pushing your pinch grip away.
2. The blade height is too short if you want a knife to use as a scoop to transfer food to a bowl or pan as you cut to clear your cutting board. This knife will not work for that.
High Quality knife at a very reasonable price. Review by JDMT
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Great knife I use it everyday at work. Very sharp out of the box, looks awesome and very durable. Great price.
Great blade, slim handle Review by Christian S.
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Well, a compelling, razor sharp and very beautiful blade, but the handle seems a little weak to me. It's thinner than I want it to be for a blade of that impressive size, the steel seems to be just sticked into this slim piece of wood, I like the full-tang style of metal all through the handle better.... Still a great knife for sure, I am not an expert there, but doesn't fully convince me.

Edit June 24:
I have to correct some of the things I said about this knife because I feel that the things I disliked about it are really a matter of personal preference and talking about the knife to appear cheaply made might be unfair and misleading. I give it 4 stars because of the great answers I got to me review. There is nothing wrong with this knife, it just did not work for me.
This is the knife you're looking for Review by Charles purvis
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The best tool u can have in the kitchen is a good knife, and this is the finest tool you'll ever own. It's beautiful, razor sharp, and fits the hand very nicely. Excellent!
gave it as a gift for my sous who was ... Review by Servicemonkey
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gave it as a gift for my sous who was moving up in the world and he was very excited
Five Stars Review by Wolseley rivers
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The best knife in my bag definitely a keeper for life
4.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely loving this knife! EDIT: broken tip! Review by Jared B
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Love this knife. Great price for a great knife. I like to cook but am nowhere near a professional level. This makes it extremely enjoyable. I also picked up the 1000 6000 grit stone to sharpen it. Haven't had to sharpen it yet, holding its edge great.

The handle is very comfortable and conforms to my hand nicely. It has a great color to it. The hammering on it looks great and does help release food. The wooden sheath is nice for bringing it to gatherings where I will be prepping food.

All in all I am absolutely pleased with my purchase!

EDIT: Unsure how long I had it before it happened but I encountered the broken tip as well. Thought it was my knife holder but I confirmed the tip is not hitting the base. Still really enjoy the knife but it kind of sucks since it was an expensive knife. My cheaper Victorinox knives have never lost any of their tips. Don't know why this happened. I still enjoy the knife but for the price I paid for it I don't think this should happen. Will be having to sharpen the tip out unfortunately.
Five Stars Review by bob
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Beautiful knife!
A masterpiece Review by rob fritz
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Haven't used this yet because it is simply too beautiful to get dirty. I need another one to display in a glass case. What a work of art. wow
Five Stars Review by Brian Ortiz
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Sick knife! All of them are sick! I bought them all.
It feels like art in my hands Review by Always Reading
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Working with this knife is an absolute pleasure. It feels like art in my hands.
All about performance Review by Brad Maestas
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This is my first Japanese gyuto but I've been able to try many different makes owned by my friends and I must say I'm very, very impressed by this Yoshihiro. I wanted to get the Ho wood handle but it was out of stock everywhere so I went with this one and I'm glad I did. It came respectably sharp out of the box. I was able to shave fine hair and cellophane tomatoes single-handedly before and after I went through several pounds of tough ingredients. It holds its edge very well. I am diligent with my cleaning but it seems like this blade is difficult to stain. I've heard others have had some reactivity but so far I've had none.

I found the saya a bit rough so I stepped it down to 12000 grit micromesh and it feels great. Just be careful not to sand over the hanko. The ink is very shallow and will readily fade. I only touched it with 12000 and it lightened. There was a little roughness at the transition from the handle to the bolster so I stepped it down to 12K as well and it feels like a million bucks. It feels like a much more expensive knife with that little bit of polish.

I'm a fan of the magnolia/horn contrast but the rosewood is really nice. The bolster is listed as 's***an rosewood' and it looks a lot like mottled ebony. The knife handles amazingly well. The 47mm deep blade is a favorite. I love having that extra room below my fingers. The handle grip is solid but the pinch grip is made to be. I've also done some detail work with a pencil grip. It is very light but still has enough heft and forward balance to harness gravity. Chopping and slicing on the entire length of the blade is perfect.

If you're not quite ready to invest in something like a $350+ gyuto the lower-tier Yoshihiro knives are hard to beat. Their Suminagashi line is also an amazing bargain, as is the Kurouchi. I was very interested to compare it to my friend's Kikuichi Swedish Warikomi damascus gyuto since they look exactly alike and I was pleased to find the Yoshihiro relinquished nothing to the more expensive Kikuichi. I think Yoshihiro will find me a regular customer.
Perfect Knife Review by Jeremy R.
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After nearly two months of daily kitchen grind, this knife is as sharp and as beautiful as it was the day it came out of the box. From thinly slicing beef to finely dicing tomatoes, it mows through every task with ease. The only time i have had an issue with staining was after mincing a large amount of basil, but after a little scrub, knife oil and TLC it was back to gleaming. I also bought a yoshihiro utility knife in blue steel that, and while being very useful, it has not retained an edge like this Damascus steel. I also prefer the handle style to the western of other knives, it's just more comfortable during a long day, but that is of course personal preference. Combine the comfort of the handle with its light weight and it's stubbornly razor sharp blade and you might have the perfect knife. Buy it! You'll love it!
Five Stars Review by Brian Weber
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Knife looks great and works well.
This is the knife you have been looking for Review by Rusty
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This is the nicest kitchen knife that I have ever seen. It is a beautiful as it is sharp. I can just imagine how sharp the sword must have been.
Wonderful piece of craftsmanship. Review by bikerJ
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Very happy with this knife. Razor sharp right out of the box. Makes cutting up vegetables enjoyable. Have been using it for a couple of months now and it is still as sharp as the day it arrived.
A $200 well spent! Review by D. McGhee
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Besides being terrifically beautiful, it is top level sharp. It shaved arm hair out of the box. My first task was slicing apples and it was more like cutting mashed potatoes than a semi hard fruit. The knife does the work for you. Be sure to oil the handle from time to time!
I love it Review by Attaphop Wansuk
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The delivery was quick. The knife came out razor sharp off the box. Light like feather, and the grip also comfortable. It get even sharper on 6000grit stone. I love it
Great knife, awesome price Review by Joey
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I am a chef and had looked to get a nice handmade knife as a cheaper option to leave around work than my Misono Ux-10s. I had decent hopes for this knife but it has exceeded them all. My Misonos haven't left their case in weeks and I find myself ready to order a Petty knife. Great company with fast response and shipping time. Can't ask for much more than that.
Incredible!!!! Review by Paolo Canulla
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This knife quickly became our favorite, plus, it is beautiful! We use it EVERY day and couldn't ask for better!
Very nice addition to my cutlery Review by dschvart
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Never really had a (short) 180mm chef's knife(bar my four German and domestic knives, but they don't count) before, but I really have come to appreciate it's size, light weight, balance and acuity. For a rather inexpensive knife, I was impressed with the grind and finish on this gyuto.
Likewise, for a VG type steel, it is surprisingly easy and fast to maintain the edge at utmost sharpness, provided one does not try to ruin it by using a steel(would probably roll the edge easily) on it, but rather a few light passes on a good stone. The edge I achieve in a couple of minutes, holds excellently for an entire day of intensive prep and still sharp enough to push cut paper. I could not ask for anything more, from a knife that only costs half as much as my favorite petty. The handle, being nice to hold and finished rather handsomely, rounds out this piece, that I've come to reach for, with a smile on my face.
It's definitely not the best knife I own, by any stretch, but it garnered a five star rating, for being such an outstanding value, besides it's "flashy" good looks.
Now what am I going to do with these angel wings? Review by M. Simmons
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While I'm an amateurish-at-best chef, I do know a few things about blades- former boy scout, shave with a straight razor that I hone and strop myself, I've forged several knives of my own, etc. I'm, er, a bit fond of bladed objects.

So when I tell you that this knife is sharp enough to take me by surprise, I hope you'll take my meaning. It passes the paper test with flying colors, it will very easily shave whatever hair you try it on (and the skin beneath if you're not careful!), but it passed my personal favorite test- the overripe blueberry. Forget slicing a ripe tomato, the paper-thin blueberry skin is a real test of a knife in my experience, and this knife handled it with surgical ease. On top of that, it is an absolute show-stopper aesthetically- the pictures don't begin to do it justice.

I should note, however, what it is *not*. Do not labor under the misunderstanding that this is a folded steel blade- it is not. It is an extremely high-quality core of Japanese VG-10 steel with Damascus-style layering and a hammered finish to give it better durability and aesthetics. If you're looking for an actual Japanese folded-steel blade, look at a price point 10-20x what you see here and consider yourself lucky if you find one.

If, however, you're looking for an extremely high-quality, beautiful, razor-sharp kitchen knife, I highly recommend this one.
perfect knife Review by John
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This one is my 4th gyuto knife since i work as sushi chef. It works good at rolls, sushi, even sashimi.
Delivery was on time.
Great knife for the price Review by Jared Ritter
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I use this knife twice a day and it is a joy every time. It is lightweight and VERY sharp. I like the fact that it comes with a saya as it would be rather dangerous to store without it. I use it for all manor of vegetables, bread, meat and even cheese once (you probably shouldn't use it for cheese). The Damascus steel is beautiful, and easy to care for. I simply wash the blade immediately after use, and wipe it with some olive oil, and it has retained it's appearance with no discoloration. The 7" size is perfect for me, but you may want to consider a larger blade if you typically prepare large portions. I have a family of 6, but we rarely eat the same things at the same time, so the 7" size works for the 3-4 stalks of celery, single tomato/onion/celery type tasks that I usually had to execute.

Also, I do not feel the need to have another knife. This one is pretty much all I need for chopping and light paring.
Great knife!! Review by Romulo D.
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I just got my order this morning and so excited to open the box. Knife is razor sharp and is beautiful with the hammered finish. Love the saya that comes with it, so i wont need to put the knife in a knife protector anymore. I was choosing to buy between a Shun and a Yoshihiro and finally decided to get the Yoshihiro brand, and wasn't disappointed with the knife.. beautiful hand hammered finish..
the best knife. Review by renz gonzales
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beautiful design and a very sharp knife plus the wooden saya. i could not ask for more.
i been using it everyday since i got it.
Love this knife!!! Review by Alden Caldecott
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The knife is lightweight and well balanced. It came with an awesome factory edge. I have not had a chance to use professionally yet but I anticipate it will exceed all expectations.
As beautiful as it is functional Review by ROwens
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I have been using this knife for almost a month now. It arrived sharper than any knife I have ever used, and so far it has retained its edge perfectly. This knife is a pleasure to use. The handle is very comfortable and it is very light and easy to control. The layered steel blade is hypnotically beautiful. It is a shame to put this away in a drawer; it should be left out to be seen and admired.
It makes me happy and I will recommend it even if you are a noob in the kitchen Review by OmNomNomNom
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This is pretty far beyond what I think I can reasonably use to it's full potential.
I'm not a chef and I don't even cook every day.
I've used the same ok-to-average-knife for 11 years now. Finally decided to spoil myself and upgrade. This might end up being pass on to my kids.

I also recently got some those ceramic knives (pretty in-expensive ones) to try, those are very sharp ... this thing feels far sharper. I really did not expect that. I'm not sure I can describe it without sound like a psycho now, but I like cutting things now.
Do not try how sharp it is with your finger, watch your fingers when you chop stuff.
Japanese Gyuto 7" chefs knife Review by richard moryl
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The YOSHIHIRO-NSW Hammered Damascus Japanese Chef Gyuto 7" chefs knife came a few days ago and it's absolutely beautiful to look at. It's light, well balanced, and very,very sharp. I also have some Shun, Global, and German knifes, but this is the one I will use for most of my work. The knife was obviously crafted by true artist of the ancient Japanese art of Samurai swords making, and I love it. Thanks
Quality Knife Review by Gene M.
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A quality knife that I would highly recommend. The craftsmanship is of a very high quality both on the blade and handle. The knife is well balanced and the handle is comfortable. The knife came sharp from the factory but a few minutes on a #4000 water stone and I now have an edge the is truly razor sharp. The hammered damascus pattern is impressive and needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.
great piece Review by david gayle
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This knife is just a great piece for not just a chef but for a home cook its just great with the perfect weight that only a real japanease knife can have. I already knew about the cuality of yoshihiro knifes but at the moment i open the box i was blow away for the perfect lines and the artistic designs, and afther i try out at my job this knife i just feel in love is extreamly sharp and gives a very fluent action in each cut
Great knife! Review by Trey D.
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This knife shipped quickly and was packed well. The blade is absolutely razor sharp. I use this knife everyday in my restaurant kitchen and after the first month the edge is just as good as it was when I recieved it! The blade has a beautiful look to it and is perfectly balanced. The wooden saya is also a nice addition. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a Japanese style knife. It's priced great and makes a great workhorse for any professional or home cook. I will be purchasing another knife from this fine knife maker.
Japanese Gyuto 7" chefs knife Review by richard moryl
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The YOSHIHIRO-NSW Hammered Damascus Japanese Chef Gyuto 7" chefs knife came a few days ago and it's absolutely beautiful to look at. It's light, well balanced, and very,very sharp. I also have some Shun, Global, and German knifes, but this is the one I will use for most of my work. The knife was obviously crafted by true artist of the ancient Japanese art of Samurai swords making, and I love it. Thanks
Quality Knife Review by Gene M.
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A quality knife that I would highly recommend. The craftsmanship is of a very high quality both on the blade and handle. The knife is well balanced and the handle is comfortable. The knife came sharp from the factory but a few minutes on a #4000 water stone and I now have an edge the is truly razor sharp. The hammered damascus pattern is impressive and needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.
great piece Review by david gayle
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This knife is just a great piece for not just a chef but for a home cook its just great with the perfect weight that only a real japanease knife can have. I already knew about the cuality of yoshihiro knifes but at the moment i open the box i was blow away for the perfect lines and the artistic designs, and afther i try out at my job this knife i just feel in love is extreamly sharp and gives a very fluent action in each cut
Great knife! Review by Trey D.
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This knife shipped quickly and was packed well. The blade is absolutely razor sharp. I use this knife everyday in my restaurant kitchen and after the first month the edge is just as good as it was when I recieved it! The blade has a beautiful look to it and is perfectly balanced. The wooden saya is also a nice addition. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a Japanese style knife. It's priced great and makes a great workhorse for any professional or home cook. I will be purchasing another knife from this fine knife maker.
Great knife! Review by Trey D.
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This knife shipped quickly and was packed well. The blade is absolutely razor sharp. I use this knife everyday in my restaurant kitchen and after the first month the edge is just as good as it was when I recieved it! The blade has a beautiful look to it and is perfectly balanced. The wooden saya is also a nice addition. I would recommend this knife to anyone looking for a Japanese style knife. It's priced great and makes a great workhorse for any professional or home cook. I will be purchasing another knife from this fine knife maker.

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