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.
Blade Type: Gyuto
Edge Length: 240mm
Spine Heel: 3.73mm
Spine Mid: 2.7mm
Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.18mm
Blade Height: 54.2
Cutting Edge Steel: Damascus
Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)
Blade Finish: Acid Etched (Forced Patina)
Handle Construction: Hidden Tang
Handle Materials: Masur Birch, Stacked Birch Bark, G10, Brass
Saya Included: Yes
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.