Gyuto 220mm W2 Honyaki Water Quenched


A stunning water quenched honyaki blade from Australian artisan craftsman James Oatley. Forged in W2 steel the blade has been precision ground with a thin tapered, walkschliff grind and James’s iconic santoku tipped gyuto profile. Designed for stability the blade has a nimble light weight and well balance feel about it. Every edge and curve has been painstakingly smoothed over to give the blade a delightfully luxurious feel about it.

The stunning hamon features beautiful ashi clouds and well-defined lines giving this stunning blade a 100% unique characteristic. Paired with an incredibly rare, stabilized hackberry handle with a brass fastening pin.

The knife comes with hand crafted saya in Mayple and is finished with James's signature iconography including the Australian convict arrow,  and Oatley O. A beautiful piece of work from James Oatley.

This knife was never actually sold, but it was refinished in store due to a small blemish on the original etch. For this reason we have reduced the price and are offering it as Pre-Owned.

Condition: New, Never Used

Product Specification

Blade Type: Gyuto

Edge Length: 220mm

Spine Heel: 2.96mm

Spine Mid: 1.75mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1mm

Blade Height: 61mm

Weight: 226g

Cutting Edge Steel: W2

Stainless: No

HRC: 63

Blade Construction: Honyaki

Blade Finish: Satin Polish

Grind: Walkschliff

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Stabalised Hackberry

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.