Yu Kurosaki AS Juhyo Chinese Chef Knife with custom handle

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Despite the cleaver appearance and name elsewhere, this is more like a tall nakiri so it's light, thin and extremely sharp rather than a thick heavyweight bruiser.

As such, it's not suitable for some jobs you might use a traditional cleaver for such as crushing through bone.

This incredible blade has been paired with a one-off custom red mallee burr with translucent red live edge handle with red truestone spacers from UK handle maker @letshandlethis.

First Impressions

With Yu Kurosaki's knives, you know what you're going to get and the Juhyo is another well made, nicely ground and efficient slicer. Sharp right out of the box and light and nimble in hand you're going to enjoy cooking with it.

Beauty

Among his many talents, Yu Kurosaki is known for experimenting with different finish styles and creating new ways and hammer shapes to create the new designs on his knives and the Juhyo is a little different in that respect. 

It's essentially the hammer finish you find on his Raijin knives with the long sweeping indents although as this is different to his normal preference for stainless and polished VG10. 

The kurouchi finish and carbon steel AS core mean it's both familiar and definitely "very Kurosaki" it's fun to see something a little different too.

In Hand

The tall Chinese Chef knife is actually remarkably comfortable and easy to use despite its slightly unusual height when you consider it's essentially a tall nakiri (and not as some places label - a cleaver). 

It's very light and slices beautifully.

Durability

Stainless clad Aogami Super with the kurouchi finish is a classic and easy to sharpen combination widely used by Japanese blacksmiths so you'll have no problems caring for it and enjoying the benefits of an easy to sharpen and durable steel.

Ease of Care

Just follow our normal care and storage instructions.

Our Verdict

You won't be surprised to hear that we think the Juhyo is a good looking knife, the fit and finish are excellent as you would expect and they sit at a very competitive price point where there are a lot of excellent knives and it's absolutely at home in this price bracket.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 177mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Blade Height: 75mm (Heel to spine)
  • 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
  • Core Steel: Super Blue Steel
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 64 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Walnut with black buffalo horn
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 11002

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.

Protection & care for this knife

A photo of various protective guards for Japanese chef knives

Due to its height, there isn't a saya or guard specifically suited for this knife but a santoku blade guard will do a good job of protecting the cutting edge if you store it in a drawer.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Blacksmith Profile

Yu Kurosaki

The youngest blacksmith to be granted the title of Master Nokaji and senior teacher at Takefu Knife Village, the skill and craft put into each of his knives is clear to see.

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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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