Masakage Kumo Gyuto 180mm

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A beautiful Japanese chef's knife and the smallest of the gyutos in this range. With amazing looks and performance, this is an essential addition to any kitchen and will become one of your most used knives.

First Impressions

The VG10 steel core that makes up the cutting edge of this knife is heat treated by only the best metalsmiths at Masakage. Their experience means that these knives are made of the best material they can be.

Clad in stainless steel to protect the core from corrosion this range offer the best of both worlds. The sharpness of this blade has to be sampled to be believed and it will retain that edge for what seems an age, again thanks to that super hard VG10 core. Amazing performance to go with those amazing looks. Bliss.

Beauty

Just look at them, look! Each knife is an individually manufactured unique work of art. The stainless steel cladding is layered multiple times (to create an effect called Damascus steel) around the VG10 core which when ground to taper the blade to make the edge, reveals the many layers to create the cloud like effect you see here.

The dark rosewood handles are capped off with a pakka wood bolster and both have an octangular shape.

These knives are certainly eye catching and will lift any kitchen which is honoured with their presence.

In Hand

The handles on these knives are octangular, which sounds like they would be uncomfortable but they really aren't. The handles are very light which leads to the balance of the knife being towards the front. If used with a pinch grip it just works. Chopping takes no effort due to the sharpness of the blade.

Durability

The VG10 core will keep this knife very sharp, the stainless cladding will keep it from rusting, the handle is firmly attached to the blade (using century old, tried and tested methods). This knife is going to last a long time. Like most of our knives, treat it with respect and care and it will repay you with many years service.

Ease of Care

Use, wipe, dry and store. Our golden mantra on knife care is all you really need to follow. Using a ceramic sharpening rod every few weeks to keep that edge super keen and a yearly whetstone session (don't worry we'll show you how to do it) and you are done.

Our Verdict

Every blade is unique and the finish is incredible.

Formerly made in small batches by Katsushige Anryu and now continued by his nephew Takumi Ikeda these really are a treat and while not the cheapest, we have no hesitation in saying that the Kumo range is still worth every penny!

Product details

  • Blade Length: 181mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 326mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 41mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.7mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 120 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 60-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal rosewood with black pakka wood bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 1706

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.

Meet the maker

Takumi Ikeda (Formerly Katsushige Anryu)

The Kumo range has been made for many years by master blacksmith Anryu san but with his retirement at the start of 2021, production of this line has passed to his nephew, former apprentice and highly skilled blacksmith Takumi Ikeda who continues to make the knives in the same way.

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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