Gyuto literally translates as ‘cow sword’ although it is in fact the Japanese interpretation of the European chefs knife. This is the smallest Gyuto available and thus perfect for home cooks wary of large blades but in need of something with enough length to make easy work of most home kitchen tasks. The Zanmai Elite Gyuto really does float in the hand and its pronounced curve allows exceptionally efficient speed cutting. The keenness of the Zanmai Elite is virtually unparalleled, and since this is probably about the lightest handmade multi layered Gyuto currently available it is purely this exceptional edge without the aid of added weight, that enables this blade to fulfil virtually any task with such consummate ease. The Gyuto is undoubtedly THE most versatile shape – the Zanmai Elite Gyuto does quite literally ‘float in the hand and slice, dice, chop and mince as if by magic.
The central core of the 33 layer TSS Damascus Steel is a High Carbon Super Steel known as VG10. This High Carbon Super Steel has the highest recommendations in the production of knives by authorities such as the British Steel Confederation and the Solingen Institute of Steel. The Zanmai Collection blades have all been hardened to 61:63 HRC and with the inclusion of Cobalt in the alloy, are easier to maintain than any other Stainless High Carbon blades.
The 33 layers imbue a stunning complex wood like pattern whilst also providing immense strength. The multiple hand beating facilitates an incredibly fine yet very strong central core.
In our experience the Zanmai Elite collection has amongst the sharpest, most enduring edges of any stainless blades we have come across whilst also amongst the easiest to resharpen.
The ergonomic ‘round to hexagon’ shaped handles are composed of Ebony black hardwood that is laminated then injected with silicon for protection against water and is reserved for only the finest knives.
Blade construction: Totally hand made, Multiple Hammer Forged – Laser Cut. 33 layer Damascus with a VG10 central core
Handle construction: Laminated wood with silicon injection
Cleaning: DO NOT DISHWASH. Hand wash only using ordinary mild detergent. DRY IMMEDIATELY
Sharpening: JKC Whetstone Kit or JKC KC 200 Water Wheel Sharpener
Storage: JKC magnetic wood block/magnetic knife bar/ in packaging/ separate compartment in knife drawer
Country of Origin: Japan
SPECIAL NOTES: This knife should not be used for ANY kind of twisting or prising.