Sakai Takayuki 33 layer Damascus Kengata Gyuto 190mm

Regular price £155.00

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A hand hammered blade with a high polish finish that exposes the layers of steel beautifully down to the cutting edge makes this a classic. Made from VG10 steel this range is incredibly easy to care for.

First Impressions

Much like the incredibly popular Moonlit Waves range, the 33 layer damascus is a solid and well made knife and the level of sharpness straight out the box is good although with a small amount of extra honing with a ceramic rod you would be able to bring the edge up to an excellent level of sharpness should you wish.

Day to day performance is great and the solid feel of the well finished handle makes it a knife that performs solidly across a range of chopping tasks.


We really like the octagonal cherry wa handle with its red pakka wood ferrule works well and complements the high polished finish of the blade and the exposed layers tapering down to the cutting edge.

In Hand

The octagonal wa handle is comfortable whether you're left or right handed and the blade balance is good throughout the range making it easy to perform a wide range of cutting and slicing jobs in the kitchen.


The blade is sharp out of the box and is a good performer if you wanted to, you could certainly improve it further with a polishing stone and strop to make it laser sharp.

The steel in the 33 layer damascus is harder than Western knives (approximately 61HRC) and will retain its edge well and with regular care will perform excellently for many years.

Ease of Care

The stainless steel cladding makes this nice really easy to care for by protecting the cutting edge steel (VG10 in this instance) from rusting. The handle being wood should not be immersed in water so its the usual ritual of use, wipe, dry and store. Easy!

Our Verdict

Excellent value and a perfect introduction to Japanese steel and blades or a great additional knife for your collection. There's not really much to fault with the entire range at the price and we're happy to recommend and use them at home any time.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 190mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 355mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.1mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 48mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 151 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • This knife is made from a stain resistant steel and so is a great choice for ease of care and it won't react with your ingredients like a carbon steel knife.

    Read the Japanese knife care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Cherry with red pakka wood ferrule
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 1006

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

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Sakai Takayuki

Well known and respected, Sakai knives are created by a skilled team of craftsmen and as a company have been creating knives for more than 600 years.

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Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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