Sakai Kikumori Choyo Ginsan Gyuto 210mm

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An outstanding gyuto forged and finished to the highest standards that would be the center piece in any collection.

First Impressions

An excellent fit and finish from one of Sakai Kikumori's flagship lines forged by Nakagawa Hamono and sharpened by Morihiro Hamono the smoothness of the cut and feel of these knives is top notch.


The mirror polished finish on the cladding iron is good enough to see your face in while admiring the knife and the kasumi finish running down to the core steel is of an equally high standard and when paired with a simple but high quality magnolia and black buffalo horn handle everything about the Choyo line is about understated elegance and quality.

In Hand

You'll absolutely notice the effort that's gone into the finishing touches from the smooth feel of the magnolia handle to the rounded heel and spine on the knife it's comfortable to hold and cuts through food very smoothly.


The ginsan core on this version of the Choyo range offers a good balance of robustness and edge retention and is comparable to the White #2 versions (if you prefer carbon steel). 

You may find that the highly polished mirror finish needs a little more care and attention than a more rustic finish on other knives but like all knives with such a finish, this is just something to note and not a drawback.

Ease of Care

Unlike the carbon core versions available in the Choyo line, the ginsan core in this knife is stain resistant and offers a similiar level of performance to carbon steel without the worry about rusting or a patina developing if you prefer your knives to look the same after use. 


Our Verdict

Top quality knives from a top quality maker with a fit and finish that oozes class and a line of knives we'd have no problem recommending for someone who is looking for high performance working tools or a special addition to a collection.

Depending on your preferences, the Choyo range is available in a selection of steels including Ginsan, Blue #1 and White #2 - View them all here.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 199mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 343mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 42.6mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.57mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 132 grams
  • Core Steel: Silver 3
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 60±1 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Magnolia and black buffalo
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KIKU-009-##

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Some measurements such as HRC are provided by manufacturers and should therefore be used as a guide.

Meet the maker

Sakai Kikumori

Founded in Sakai City in 1926, Sakai Kikumori are well regarded for their high quality knives and draw on the area's more than 600 year history of knife and blade making.

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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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