Satoshi Nakagawa Blue #2 Kiritsuke Gyuto 255mm

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Incredible looks and finish with a versatile kiritsuke shape and slightly taller profile than many, this mid-large gyuto is a superb all rounder and a top class knife from Nakagawa-san.

First Impressions

Knives from Satoashi Nakagawa always impress. The subtle design and profile are then sharpened by Morihiro-san providing excellent performance out of the box with the knife gliding through food with ease.


Much like Nakagawa-san's Silver 3 range, the migaki finish across these blades is very refined and has a subtle beauty and consistency that is easy to appreciate and enjoy.

We've chosen to pair these wonderful blades with ebony and white buffalo horn handles to offer a darker contrast to the blades. We'd say the blades are understated but if you're looking for subtlety and a very high quality finish  then you're in luck!

In Hand

When you first pick up one of these knives, you'll notice they're heavier than similarly sized knives. This is in part because the blades are made slightly taller and retain their spine thickness before tapering at the kiritsuke tip. 

It's also because we've chosen to fit them with the classy ebony and white buffalo horn handles so the denser ebony wood contributes not just to the incredible looks but also to the weight a little and you'll find the balance point is just around the heel of the blade and so remains very nimble in hand.


The blue #2 core is treated to 63±1 HRC and so offers excellent edge retention and it's clad in soft iron which is a classic and often used combination for Japanese knives offering a good balance between robustness and edge retention.

Ease of Care

Follow our normal care and carbon steel guidelines and store your knives on a magnetic rack or use a saya and you'll enjoy using this for years.

Our Verdict

This is an excellent blade that's beautifully made and finished and represents top quality work from Nakagawa san. 

If you're looking for a slightly higher level of clearance than most gyuto and perhaps also prefer a knife with more of feel of weight in hand while remaining nimble then this is fantastic one to add to your shortlist.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 243mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 405mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 49.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.45mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 231 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 63±1 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Ebony and white buffalo horn
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: SAT-0007-##

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

Satoshi Nakagawa

Satoshi-san is a highly skilled blacksmith who trained and worked under master Kenichi Shiraki until his retirement at which point he took up the reins closing Shiraki knives and starting a new chapter.

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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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