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Moritaka Supreme Gyuto Chef's Knife, 210mm (8.3"), Aogami/Blue Super Carbon Steel, Octagonal Walnut Handle

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Moritaka Supreme Gyuto Chef's Knife, 210mm (8.3"), Aogami/Blue Super Carbon Steel, Octagonal Walnut Handle

A superb and razor-sharp carbon steel chef's knife (Gyuto), hand-made in the Moritaka family workshop in Japan. This is a perfect size for home users or for chefs who are used to using an 8" chef's knife. I use this knife at home now and I am constantly amazed by the incredibly sharp and long-lasting edge (and it's so easy to get sharp again with a few swipes of my fine Idahone ceramic hone!). It's amazing for those fine slicing/dicing/mincing jobs, and I love using it to create thin fillets of boneless chicken breasts for the BBQ for example (it does this MUCH better than any of my stainless steel knives). It's also great for mincing garlic, ginger, onions, etc. I try to maintain a nice rocking/slicing motion and avoid anything that could damage the hard and thin/sharp edge (no vertical whack-whack chopping style, no bones or tough root veggies, etc.). Over time it takes on a nice patina just like a carbon steel crepe pan or a cast-iron pan for example, so don't try to scrub it all the time to keep it shiny -- carbon steel knives are not supposed to stay shiny!

Blade is made of Aogami/Blue Super carbon steel, with a permanent octagonal walnut handle and a stainless steel tang. These blades should take a super sharp edge and the added toughness of the Blue Super steel should help with edge strength and resistance. The handle should be longer-lasting than the softer and lighter magnolia wood usually seen on traditional Japanese knives, and the stainless steel tang inside the handle means that any moisture will not be as likely to prematurely pit or damage to the knife. The finish is kuro-uchi (black) with a lacquer coating -- this helps protect the steel and should not be polished off. Edge is 50/50 bevel, so it is fine for left or right-handed use, and is easily sharpened with any stone or hone or gadget suitable for Japanese knives. For regular everyday maintenance I suggest the fine ceramic Idahone hone (see below).

Approx. weight: 156 grams.

I really love these knives -- I'm sure you'll be thrilled and amazed by the quality, good looks, and high performance of these carbon steel blades! Comes packed in a nice cobalt-blue box.

IMPORTANT: Moritaka knives are very sharp and high-performance knives. To achieve this, the edges are ground very thin, and the steel is very hard. This results in a knife that is potentially fragile. As such, CHIPS OR CRACKS TO THE EDGE OR TIP ARE NOT COVERED UNDER ANY WARRANTY. It is the nature of such a knife that it is potentially fragile. If you are a beginner, not confident in your knife handling skills, or looking for an all-purpose knife, do NOT purchase this knife. I love my Moritaka and use it almost daily, but I only use it for precision slicing, dicing, and mincing (great for onions, garlic, ginger, boneless meats) as I’ve certainly chipped edges on other high-performance Japanese knives over the years, so I know it's always a risk. It is important to NOT use a rapid up-down rat-a-tat style chopping motion (where you are smacking the edge down rapidly on the cutting board). While cutting also remember to use good controlled technique -- hard steel will not tolerate "tweaking" (any sideways twisting) and just like any hard material this can result in a chip or crack. You should let the knife do the work, and not lean down and apply pressure to the edge. Cutting surface is also important: only use plastic or maple, NOT bamboo, stone/granite or glass. I also only recommend using these knives with boneless meats and regular veggies (onions, garlic, ginger, etc.) -- never hard/tough materials like root vegetables (turnips, etc.) and certainly nothing where you'd hit a bone. Finally, since they are made of carbon steel, do NOT try to keep the knife shiny. Think of it like a carbon steel crepe pan or a cast iron pan, which both benefit from a "seasoned" finish which will develop a natural yellowish discoloured patina. This is normal and will help protect the carbon steel from rusting. Do not leave these knives in a sink or sitting in water. After use, wash with warm soapy water, dry well, and store in a wooden knife block (do not store in a drawer or on a magnetic knife holder). So in conclusion, yes, this is a high-performance knife, but as with any high-performance tool or machine, this means it requires extra care and skill. A Ferrari will require MORE care, skill and maintenance than a Toyota Corolla, not less.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

Super Sharp

An Awesome Knife

This gyuto is extremely sharp out of the box. The first time I used it, it finely shredded cabbage more easily than any other knife I own. I like it’s simple elegance and the black finish on the upper part of the blade makes it somewhat unique. The fit and finish is done to a high standard. The octagonal wooden handle has a nice smooth feel to it.

One can use a rocking style of cutting with this knife but I find it better suited for push cuts. It is similar in profile to a Misono UX-10 gyuto: both have a flatter blade than a Wustof. The blade is not as tall as a Victorinox Fibrox, but I have no issues with knuckle clearance.

Because of the metals used, you will need to keep it from staying wet for too long or else the blade may start to rust. It is ground relatively thinly along the cutting edge. Sometimes this can mean a proclivity to chipping, but I have not had that issue so far.

If you like a light knife ( mine weighs 147 grams: my Wustof 8 inch chef knife weighs 255 grams) and don’t mind a higher level of maintenance ( drying it as soon as possible), you will enjoy this knife. I find I actually feel joy when using it ( not sure what that says about me).


All good like always!

Marvelous Moritaka

Oh my! What a treat this is. Sure, other knives will cut, but working in the kitchen with this knife, which comes with a history of hundreds of years of swordsmanship, lifts the spirit. It even smelled ancient! Super sharp, balanced in the hand - a worthy indulgence.

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