Gyuto 220mm Western Hybrid "StraightLeg" Stainless SanMai Apex KU


Firstly, let’s discuss this new profile.

Aside from knife making Antoine Kniamen of Adonis Forged Art is a huge fan of motorcycles and their design. This design features his new “StraightLeg” heel design which is inspired by the straight leg motorcycle frame developed by Harley Davidson in 1936 to support their Knucklehead models. The key feature of the frame was two straight tubes at the front of the frame. This inspired the new “StraightLeg" profile, which aside from the straight heel also features soft graceful lines and a slightly more curved spine and tip. The design still feels in keeping with Antoine’s signature style and features a lovely ergonomic action on the cutting board.

Apex Ultra clad in stainless steel make up this 3-layer (SanMai) construction, a beautiful, high performance, cutting tool. Precision forged, the black etched core is nicely centred between the layers of stainless steel. Satin polished bevels give the knife a bright, striking silver division between black etched core and kurouchi,

A fun additional touch on the blade is the quench line, which runs directly through the makers mark :)

An incredible piece of oxidised Cocobolo for the handle with remarkable colours and figure is paired with torch patinated stainless steel. The cool blue and purple hues of the patinated stainless steel prominently contrast with the deep fiery red Cocobolo.

Overall this new profile is a very welcome addition to the Adonis Forged Arts portfolio and such a cool composition.
Product Specification

Blade Type: Gyuto

Edge Length: 220mm

Spine Heel: 3.23mm

Spine Mid: 1.94mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 0.88mm

Blade Height: 60mm

Weight: 192g

Cutting Edge Steel: Apex Ultra

Stainless: No

HRC: 65

Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)

Blade Finish: Kurouchi, Satin Polish, and Acid Etched (Forced Patina)

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Cocobolo, Patinated Stainless Steel

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


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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.