Yoshikazu Ikeda White #1 Fujisan Gyuto 240 with custom handle

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A truly classic knife made in a style only possible by the most skilled master blacksmiths and we've paired the mirror finish blade with an equally sensational custom handle to make a one-off piece any serious collector would give pride of place to in their home and kitchen.

First Impressions

It's very difficult to reasonably convey just how spectacular this knife is in person - We'll give it a try though! 

The finish of this knife is spectacular, the smoothness along the spine with its subtle rounded edge and beautiful taper are of a level you just don't see often simply because the investment of time and skill required is so high but it's here in abundance. 

Beauty

This knife is made by master blacksmith Ikeda Yoshikazu from a single piece of high carbon white #1 steel honyaki forged with a subtle hamon or wave running the length of both sides of the blade inspired by Mt Fuji and finished to the highest level of mirror polish we've seen. 

This method of knife making requires a high level skill and mastery of forging and water quenching the steel and because the failure rate of making the knives is still high even with all the skill and experience of the blacksmith, the knives are successfully made are in very small numbers and highly coveted by collectors of the finest Japanese craftmanship.

In Hand

In hand, the smoothly shaped Western style custom handle is comfortable and the balance of the blade is superb, it's nimble and light despite its size.

Durability

There's a difficult balance to strike when it comes to collectors pieces like this. This is absolutely a knife designed to be used and it's superbly made and finished and the white #1 construction will develop a patina across the whole blade but it's unlikely to be a knife that will be used in a busy kitchen. 

It's something a true knife collector will either display as a piece of art and craft or will use lightly on very special occasions so durability either way isn't exactly an issue.

Ease of Care

The white #1 construction does mean this knife is completely reactive and given the rarity and high value, we recommend the utmost care following our normal care instructions and carbon steel care tips

The knife does include a blade guard and we definitely recommend using that if you're not going to display this on a quality rack or block.

Our Verdict

It's simultaneously difficult and easy to say this knife is great value for money. 

Obviously it's a very significant investment and one of the most expensive knives we've had the pleasure of handling in person but it should be viewed more as a collectors piece. 

If you're looking for a quality gyuto, we have lots of them more than a thousand pounds less and they're great - sharp, fantastically made by some world class blacksmiths and workshops.

However, this is an iconic knife made in a very difficult to master style and by a true master of the forge and in that respect, if you have the budget and enthusiam for Japanese knives like this one then it's worth every penny.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 231mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 377mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.83mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 48.9mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 191 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: White #1
  • Steel Type - Core: White #1
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and has some special care instructions and properties – Read our carbon steel care guide here

  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Handle Style: Custom
  • Handle Material: Custom full tang handle with copper pins

Product SKU: 10351

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.

Compatable saya or guard

This knife is sold with a blade guard included.

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Blacksmith Profile

Yoshikazu Ikeda

A legendary name in Japanese blacksmithing, one of the most experienced and skilled blacksmiths with more 50 years experience Ikeda san creates pieces of a quality only a small number of blacksmiths are capable of.

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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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