Gyuto 240mm Yuzen Damascus San Mai


This is easily the benchmark in Damascus mastery. At the core a super Damascus forged from Aogami #2 and Shirogami #2. Impressive, both in terms of its performance, hardness, and toughness, but also given the skill required to forge wield the two steels together. The cladding is made from soft iron, SPCC, SS400, S50C, SCM440, SK3 and SKS3. The result is an incredibly stunning, high-performance blade capable of taking a razor-sharp edge.

Without describing the geometry and profile of the knife you should already be impressed, but this piece of culinary artistry knows no limits. Naohito Myojin has completed the grind giving this knife his world class touch. Myojin-san, well known in knife enthusiast circles as one of the youngest master knife grinders in Japan. Famous for his work at Atelier Konosuke Sakai, Myojin-san has given this blade a beautifully thin and sharp edge along with his iconic, contemporary pointed profile and incredibly high-performance geometry. The knife moves through produce like it’s not even there and has the most incredibly satisfying weight and balance to it. Forging and grind work together make the most impressive blade we have come across.

We brought this stunning piece of work to one Europe’s finest bladesmiths, Fredrik Spåre. The proposal, make a handle and saya befitting such incredible work. Fredrik Spåre, a Swedish craftsman, suggested using local native materials Masur Birch and Birch bark in combination with brass to produce something elegant and beautiful that does not overshadow the beauty of the blade. The result is a Masur Birch handle with stacked birch bark ferrule, brass, and black composite G10 spacers and a hand hammered, facetted brass bolster. This beautiful handle is paired with a book matched masur birch saya with stacked birch bark inlays and brass pins.

The completed piece is an absolute one of a kind, unlike anything else. This is heirloom, functional art at its best and in the right hands a priceless collectable.

Product Specification

Blade Type: Gyuto

Edge Length: 240mm

Spine Heel: 3.73mm

Spine Mid: 2.7mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.18mm

Blade Height: 54.2

Weight: 218g

Cutting Edge Steel: Damascus

Stainless: No

HRC: 63+

Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)

Blade Finish: Acid Etched (Forced Patina)

Grind: Flat

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Masur Birch, Stacked Birch Bark, G10, Brass

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: Yes

Shipping & Returns


We process orders 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) and ship from our shop in Berlin, Germany. We ship with FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.

We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.