Toshihiro Wakui is a very talented craftsman that used to work for Yoshikane Hamono in Sanjo. He started his own knife making business in Sanjo and his excellent knives were a well kept secret among Japanese knives enthusiasts. He recently started getting more exposure and his knives are highly appreciated. Forged by White 2 steel, very thin behind the edge and at high hardness of around HRC 63, Wakui seems to be one of the next hot blacksmiths in the knife world.

Meaning “Beef knife” in Japanese, the Gyuto is the most common and basic of all knives, the Japanese version of the classic western Chef’s knife. It is used as a multi-purpose knife, suitable for meat, fish, vegetables and more. Can be used with almost all different cutting techniques.

This 240mm Wakui Gyuto, features a Nashiji finish (pear skin), with a White 2 core steel and a stainless clad to protect it from rusting easily. Because of its size, is ideal for large materials and long one movement cuts. It is very thin behind the edge and that will give great cutting feeling as well as speed in cutting all kinds of ingredients.

Brand / Blacksmith: Wakui
Series: Nashiji Stainless clad
Knife type: Gyuto
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 240 / 395
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Nashiji  Kurouchi
Steel type: Shirogami 2 (White 2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62 – 63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Chestnut / Water Buffalo Horn
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 3,8 / 0,35
Blade height at heel (mm): 50
Weight (gr): 195