OUL Sakai Super Blue Gyuto 210mm

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An excellent value mid sized gyuto perfect for home and professional kitchens where you benefit from the super blue edge retention without breaking the bank.

First Impressions

A relatively thin range of knives with minimal taper until you reach the tip at which point the last 2-3cm thin out signifcantly to aid precision work. 

They're made with a flat grind with a good level of out of the box sharpness but you'll find that with minimal work using a high grit finishing stone will bring out an even higher level of performance.

Beauty

We think these knives look great, the single piece oak handles and simple combination of nashiji finish on the dark stainless kurouchi cladding running down to the super blue core is a great look on a rack or block. 

Once the core steel develops a patina, depending on the ingredients you work with - it will darken up nicely with use and it's a common but classic Japanese knife finish and look lots of customers (and us) love.

In Hand

The octagonal oak handles are comfortable and generally the finish in and around the heel of the knife is good but you might find that when you have a knife with a very competitive price point for the core steel used that a few finishing touches you'd expect on more expensive knives are left off. 

Because of the thin profile, while perhaps not quite a super "laser", the super blue nashiji is a lightweight knife so most certainly suited to those who prefer the lighter end of knife choice.

In this case, the spine and heel of the knife haven't been rounded off. It's not uncomfortable but it is something you'd potentially notice during use over longer periods and if it's an issue it's usually a relatively easy job to smooth them down should you wish. 

Durability

Edge retention on the super blue is excellent thanks to the high level of hardness in the heat treat so you can enjoy a higher level of durability although of course take with your cutting technique to avoid twisting and prying open ingredients as with all Japanese knives.

Ease of Care

Just rinse, wipe and dry after use, don't scrub the kurouchi too hard and don't go near the dreaded dishwasher!

The core steel is reactive so will develop a patina as it reacts with the acids and moisture in your foods. Other than that, our normal care instructions always apply and for day to day care. 

For longer term care and upkeep we recommend our carbon steel care kit which has everything you need to keep your carbon knives in tip top condition.

Our Verdict

A great looking knife offering impressive out of the box performance but with plenty of scope to improve the secondary bevel with a few minutes work. 

Whether you decide to do that right away or another time when you sharpen your knives there's a quality blade waiting to be used with a great level of edge retention at a very competitive price point for super blue steel and definitely one to shortlist if you're shopping for the durability it offers. 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 218mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 372mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 46.8mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 1.99mm (Spine width above the heel) 1.98mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.29mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 159 grams
  • Core Steel: Super Blue Steel
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal single piece oak
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: OUL-002

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.

Protection & care for this knife

The narrow fit magnolia 210mm gyuto saya and mid-large gyuto size (27x5.5cm) blade guard are recommended for this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

OUL Sakai

OUL Sakai are a brand based in Sakai, one of Japan's biggest knife making locations and who work with a range of blacksmiths, workshops and factories to provide a selection of knives in different steels and with a focus on very competitive price points across their products.

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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