Yoshimi Kato is the son in law of the legendary Hiroshi Kato, one of the founders of Takefu Knife Village, the original maker of some of the Masakage lines. Yoshimi apprenticed under Hiroshi in Kanehiro Hamono and is the one that continues the legend of his master. He is now forging his own lines but also the Masakage Yuki, Koishi and Kiri lines.

His SG-2 series, made out of the amazing new technology powder metal SG-2 (r-2), are some of the thinnest sharpest knives in the market. They feature a stunning Damascus pattern and a beautiful Wa octagonal green stabilized birch handle.

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. The 210mm size is the most common, used both by professional and home cooks.

Brand / Blacksmith: Yoshimi Kato
Series: SG2 Damascus
Knife type: Gyuto 210mm
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 215/352
Grind: 50/50
Finish: Damascus
Steel type: SG-2 (R-2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62-63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Green Stabilized wood
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 1,3 / 0,3
Blade height at heel (mm): 46,5
Weight (gr): 132