Scanlen – Gyuto



Scanlen Knives

Scanlen knives are produced locally with expert crafting techniques by Frederick Scanlen, a South African born knife artisan who, after schooling, travelled to various parts of the world to learn the art of knife making. Frederick uses all types of indigenous and exotic woods, often recycling previously used wood and utilises high quality steels for the construction of his blades.

The Gyuto is constructed San Mai (Three Layer Construction) using UHC, an ultra high carbon steel which, due to its high carbon content, can be heat treated to high hardness levels.
Frederick Scanlen heat treat the steel to its highest hardness levels because he strives to maintain a good balance between edge retention, sharpness and durability. The blade is cladded in softer stainless steel which provides the knife with corrosion resistant properties.

The handle is octagonal in shape, made from Kiaat and Walnut which is durable and incredibly comfortable in the hand. The Gyuto, an all round knife which can be used for various tasks, is the Japanese version of a chef’s knife. Gyuto’s generally have a flatter blade profile near the heel to aid in chopping, a rounder belly for rock chopping and a sharp, pointed tip for precision cutting.


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. I’m sure you have a 4×4 somewhere in your kitchen for this job.
  • 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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