Yoshimi Kato R2/SG2 Tsuchime Gyuto with Ironwood Handle

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An excuisite mid sized gyuto crafted by Yoshimi Kato and paired with a beautiful limited edition handle, this is a knife that demands attention and is ready to tackle any job. If you're looking to treat yourself to a truly special knife then look no further.


Outstanding, it's a relatively heavy knife compared to many Japanese knives due to the full tang Western shaped handle but the overall geometry counters it very well and the excellent grind and finish quality in every aspect makes it a truly wonderful knife to own and use.


Each one is hand hammered and unique and paired with a limited edition ironwood handle from one of Japan's leading handle makers, this is an astonishingly beautiful knife no matter which part you look at. 

Kato san has created something truly special with this range.


The less typical Western handle and full tang fit make it a heavier knife than most but it's well balanced and the shape of the excellent handle fits well in the hand and there's not a rough edge to be found anywhere.

Ease of care

We'd recommend storing this on a rack or stand rather than in a box although largely so you can stare at it when you're not cooking. 

That said, care wise, the R2/SG2 steel is fairly low maintenance and our normal care instruction of wipe and dry after use should keep this knife in excellent condition for many years.

Value for money

This is an investment in quality and when you look at Kato san's background and skill, the design, fit and finish and then it's topped off with a handle worthy of the best blades we think any serious knife collector or cook would want to consider this range and those who do buy one of these knives is sure to be happy they did. 

Product details

  • Blade Length: 245mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Blade width: 2mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height: 49mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total weight: 240 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge: R2
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 63 (HRC)
  • Handle style: Western
  • Handle material: Limited edition full tang ironwood with custom rivets

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.

What you get

The knife is protected with a traditional card presentation box with a padded lid to stop the blade moving around when you move the box.

Blacksmith Profile

Yoshimi Kato

Yoshimi Kato San is the son-in-law of Hiroshi Kato San and is a highly skilled and renowned blacksmith working at the Takefu knife village where he creates his own ranges of knives as well as knives for other brands such as Masakage.

Helping you find the perfect knife

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

Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

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