Fujiwara Denka no Hoto Gyuto 180mm

A perfect all rounder and a well balanced and finished knife with a finish and edge retention that will serve you for years.

The smallest of the three Gyutos we sell in this range, the tip gets slightly thinner at the tip than the larger Gyutos. Gyuto means 'cow sword' in Japanese and is for tackling any job whether it be filleting or slicing raw meat (no bones though!), fish and vegetables.

Being narrower than the Santoku it is a great choice if you primarily want to cut meat as with its narrower blade there is less surface area for the food (especially fatty oily meat) to stick to.

Fujiwara San combines the incredible edge-taking capabilities of his own choice of Super Blue steel Chigusa-kou with a layer of stainless steel to create a knife that is truly a privilege to own.

Teruyasu San makes all his knives from scratch and completes the whole process himself, the quality, sharpness, hardness and edge retention of his knives is simply stunning.

Performance

Simply sensational. The hardness of the steel creates and edge that remains true and sharp for a long time even by Japanese knife standards. 

The knife glides through everything put in its path with a very smooth feel - you'll want to make more food than you need!

Beauty

Rugged and solid looking, with the Japanese style blade and Western tapered full-tang pakka wood handle they're subtle but at the same time leave you in no doubt that they're ready to perform in the kitchen. 

Comfort

The Western handle and balance of the knife gives a comfortable and easy feel and the finger groove on the blade of the bigger knives creates an additional balance point that helps guide the knife through food. 

A little heavier than most Japanese knives due to the handle and full tang construction, we didn't feel this hindered comfort in any way thanks to the balance and poise of the knife. 

Durability

The 65:66HRC edge will retain its sharpness an incredibly long time and the handle is bound and finished with silicone which makes it exceptionally durable and you'll be able to go longer periods without the edge dulling. 

You will of course need to maintain the edge with a honing rod as with all knives but you'll find the amount of honing is less than many other knives. 

Ease of care

Easy to care for if you follow the normal rules of not putting it in a dishwasher and just rinse and dry after use.

It does have a super blue carbon core so there may be some rusting and patina possible over time. The rusting is easy to scrub off and perfectly normal along with the edge darkening over time as it develops a patina.

Value for money

Despite the high price, we still feel this range offers excellent value for money when you take into account the fact each knife is still handmade by Teruyasu Fujiwara and that the forging process used creates such a sensationally hard steel.

The Denka range is a glimpse of some of the highest quality Japanese knives money can buy so while it's a considered purchase, it's one you won't regret!

Technical details

  • Blade Length 181mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length 310mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Total weight 171 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding Stainless
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge Super Blue Steel
  • This knife steel has some special care instructions, learn more.

  • Left or Right handed Either
  • Hardness 65-66 HRC
  • Handle style Western

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

Blacksmith Profile

Teruyasu Fujiwara

Teruyasu San makes all his knives from scratch and completes the whole process himself, the quality, sharpness, hardness and edge retention of his knives is simply stunning.

Meet Teruyasu Fujiwara

What you get

A gold or grain patterned card storage box with black inlay and on the front - a photo of Teruyasu Fujiwara, as he makes every single knife you get to see the man himself.