Sakai Takayuki Homura Guren Urushi Gyuto 225mm


Homura Guren

The Homura Guren Range by Sakai Takayuki is Handcrafted by Master Black smith Itsuo Doi.

Itsuo Doi was taught by his father Keijiro Doi who is very well known for his superb single bevel knives and specially for forging steel at much lower temperatures then other Blacksmiths. This assists in decarbonation of the steel and enlargement of the steel’s grain size making his knives more durable. He passed this skill over to Itsuo Doi.

The Homura Guren range is forged with Aogami # 2 – cladded in soft Iron then heat-treated to 62-63 HRC for amazing edge retention. The blade has a amazing edge geometry to ensure superb cutting performance.  The Japanese handle is made of burnt Japanese Oak, coated with Urushi. Urushi is a Japanese lacquer and known as a highly prized material that has been refined for over 7000 years.


Please make sure to wash and dry the knife properly after use. The Iron cladding is reactive steel so will oxidize with use. If you are some that leaves there knife out for a while without cleaning it we definitely don’t recommend getting this knife.   We also recommend getting a rust eraser and camellia oil for maintaining your knife properly.



Gyuto (Chef’s) Knife (牛刀包丁 – pronounced: Gyūtō Bōchō) literally translated from Japanese means ‘Cow Blade’. ‘Gyu’ means Cow and ‘to’ means blade. The name stems from its original use to slice and disjoint large cuts of beef. These days the Gyuto is comparable to the Western-styled chef knife and is viewed as an all-rounder in the kitchen.

The Gyuto is the ultimate multi-purpose kitchen knife and is perfect for chopping, slicing, mincing and dicing boneless meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and herbs. The blade profile is well suited for tap-chop or thrust-cut. The slight curve from the middle of the blade leading to its pointed edge is used to rock-chop. Its name also suggests that it is perfect for cutting meat and doing light butcher work. It can be used to pull-cut softer meats or to push-cut more muscular cuts of meat.

The Gyuto features a longer blade providing versatility for cutting larger produce while the tip of the blade allows it to be nimble enough for precision work. The edge is flat from the heel to the belly with a slightly rounded profile from the belly to the tip. The hard steel used in manufacturing makes the double-bevel edge much sharper than Western chef’s knives and retains the ultra-sharp edge for much longer.

Type: Western Style

Best for: Meat, Fish, Herbs, Vegetables

Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: All-Rounder – Easy to use and applies to most food types


Care Instructions

  • Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
  • Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
  • Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
  • Never use this knife to cut frozen food.
  • Never twist or cleave the blade.
  • Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
  • Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
  • Never transport knives unprotected.

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