Shirogami # 2 (White Paper #2)
About Katsushige Anryu
Knife making is in Anryu-san’s blood. His family started as knife makers in the early 1870’s. He started apprenticing as a knife maker under his father, Katsutoshi Anryu, after graduating high school in 1959.
Anryu-san is a fourth generation knife maker and has been working as a blacksmith for well over 50 years. Anryu-san is also one of the founders of Takefu Knife Village in Echizen, Japan.
The blade is made of a White Paper #2 steel. A soft iron, multi-layer cladding is added using a hammer forged san-mai technique to help with corrosion.
About the Gyuto (Chefs Knife):
The Gyuto is a Japanese designed chef’s knife. Gyutos are multi-purpose knives, with a slight meat cutting bias but if you want one knife to do it all, this shape is it.
The longer blade typically gives the blade a forward balance that allows is to work for you, to fit your cutting style. While the balde would ideally be slid forward or back while cutting, they also work great if you prefer to ‘rock’ your knife while cutting.
Gyutos vary widely in design but generally range from 210mm to 270mm in length though smaller and larger examples can be found. Like the familiar western styled chef’s knife, Gyutos are commonly tall at the heel, have a reasonably flat profile toward the heel for chopping, a belly toward the tip of the blade for rock cutting, and a pointed tip for precision work.
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