Konosuke Keiai T1 White Kurouchi Gyuto 210mm

Dark brooding looks coupled with great performance and value for money makes this gyuto a real winner.

We all said "wow" when we first cast our eyes over this knife. The kurouchi finish on the blade is awesome; if you turn the knife upside down the finish on the edge just looks like a violent storm approaching, you can even see the whisps of clouds! Being white number 1 steel this will be very reactive so will need wiping down after every use. The walnut one piece handle really contrasts nicely with the blade; it's slightly longer than other knives we sell which gives it a very elegant look. There is no ferrule on this handle either. All in all this is a great value knife and one that sells out very quickly after it has come back into stock.

At a glance

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.

4 / 5 Performance

This will take a very sharp edge but white number 1 steel doesn't hold it as well as other steels.

5 / 5 Beauty

The kurouchi finish and the walnut handle are beautiful. Konosuke are well known for their flawless fit and finish. This is a very well turned out knife.

4 / 5 Comfort

Feels great in the hand, the handle is very comfortable, it's a touch heavier than some of our other ranges but that shouldn't be a problem unless you're chopping for hours.

4 / 5 Durability

White number 1 steel is not as durable as other steels so will need regular sharpening to maintain that incredible edge. The steel is reactive too so needs careful cleaning.

4 / 5 Ease of Care

This is a fully reactive knife so will need a certain amount of attention after each use. This is not a knife you can leave wet!

5 / 5 Value for money

This range is incredible value for money, its good looks and the fit and finish are truly out of this world.

The technical bits

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 is a Gyuto knife?

Ranging from 180mm to 270mm the Gyuto (translates as "beef-sword") is a general purpose chef's knife that are typically quite tall at the heel and pointed towards the tip for precision work. Ideal choice for all round use.

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