Itsuo Doi Homura Guren Blue #2 Gyuto 225mm

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Forged by master blacksmith Itsuo Doi for Sakai Takayuki it's a big, tall, bold and stylish gyuto with an excellent convex grind, intricate and detailed hand hammered finish and is a knife very much for those who like a feeling of weight!

The knife is sold with a friction fit magnolia saya designed specifically for it included in the price.

First Impressions

The Homura Guren just oozes class. The handle is stunning and when you first take the blade out of the cover you can't help but notice the size - across the range they're big, thick blades with a noticable convex grind tapering down to a spectacular edge.


The kurouchi finish on this knife isn't just a typical scruffy blacksmith finish. This is refined and smooth with the hammer forging marks and oversized kanji on both sides of the blades creating a lovely look especially when paired with that single pieces burnt oak handle. 

In Hand

The balance point for the knives due to the thicker spine tends to be forward and somewhere around the kanji marks but they feel well balanced in hand and remain nimble despite their thicker feel. 


The blue #2 core is treated to around 62-63HRC and will offer plenty of durability and edge retention and is at a nice hardness point for being robust.

Ease of Care

Follow our carbon steel care tips and this is a knife designed for lifelong use.

Our Verdict

The Homura Guren is an exceptional collection of knives made by an highly skilled blacksmith and if you're a fan of thicker and weightier knives then they're a wonderful choice and combine a very high level of fit and finish with great looks and would be a standout knife in any collection.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 213mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 377mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 55.6mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.34mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.83mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.84mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 225 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Burnt Finish Octagonal Urushi Oak
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: SAK-0002-##

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

Protection & care for this knife

This knife is sold with a friction fit magnolia saya designed specifically for it included in the price.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Itsuo Doi for Sakai Takayuki

For more than 50 years, Doi San has been making top class knives.

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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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