Sakai Takayuki Mirror 45 layer Gyuto 180mm

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Nicely balanced just behind the bolster, the smaller of the gyuto knives in this range is an excellent choice for an all round chef knife that will do nearly all the jobs you need in a kitchen and with its robust Western style handle, blade pattern and finish it's a great looking knife too.

First Impressions

We liked this range right out of the box, it's got a good level of sharpness and the handle is solid and comfortable and because of the full tang construction it has a heavier weight that a lot of chefs will perhaps be more familiar with than some of the lighter Japanese knives. 

Much like the Moonlit Waves range, this range is also sharp out of the box and can also easily be honed to be even sharper if you wish.

Beauty

The blade is beautiful, the exposed layering across almost the full height of a high polish finish really stands out and combined with the simple but well made Western style handle it's one that will catch the eye and be a joy to use day after day.

In Hand

The Western style handle and weight are probably quite familiar to many and the handles are appropriately scaled to match the blade sizes across the range.

Despite the higher weight of the handle compared to the half tang, lighter Japanese style the balance point of the knives across the range is comfortable and works nicely.

Durability

The construction is solid with a riveted, full tang handle and combined with an AUS-10 stainless steel construction edge retention should be good and combined with Sakai Takayuki's reputation for quality and experience we're sure these knives will last a long time in any kitchen.

Ease of Care

AUS-10 is a stain resistant steel so for those looking for a low maintenance knife should consider this one. Pairing it with a ceramic honing rod should be all you need to keep the edge in excellent condition for a long time. 

Our Verdict

Excellent value. 

Sharp out of the box but can be easily sharpened further, a beautiful high polish finish with a unique pattern on every knife and a sturdy and comfortable handle we recommend this range as a great first knife or an excellent addition to a collection. 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 180mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 305mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 42mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 1.2mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 149 grams
  • Core Steel: AUS10
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 60 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Western
  • Handle Material: Black pakka wood with steel rivets
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: SAK-0026

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

The 180mm magnolia saya and small gyuto size (22x5cm) blade guard are compatable with this knife.

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Meet the maker

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.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

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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