Heiji Gyuto 230mm SW INOX Steel w/ Burnt Chestnut Handle


Heiji Gyutou 230mm SW INOX(Semi-stainless), Burnt chestnut + Ox horn ferrule octagonal handle. (The three dots denoting INOX model is missing with this knife, but it is the INOX model. Heiji-san seemed to have just forgotten to put the dots on.)

This knife from Heiji, is really very different from the conventional stainless steel knives. This is something Heiji-san made tentatively for his personal use at home, and since it was much better than what he had expected, he figured it can be sold as "Heiji". He never believed stainless steel tools were worth selling as Heiji tools, but these, I totally agree with him that they are good enough to be made and sold as "Heiji" brand.

The reason for the difference is that these are,

1. Hand hammered
2. Charcoal forged
3. Watercooled

which all contributes to making the blade tougher and finer in molecular sizes = will get sharper when sharpened with a fine stone, lasts long yet easy to grind/sharpen. These are made just like his other Heiji carbon steel knives.

But one thing I need to make clear is that these are high carbon SEMI-STAINLESS. They don't rust like carbon steel, not nearly as much, but they are not as stain free like western style all steel stainless knives, due to the much higher carbon content. The steel will not rust in usage, but if you will say leave the knife overnight wet, the steel will start to rust a bit, resulting in pin hole rust in a worst case. So pls make sure to wash and roughly dry (doesn't have to be bone dry)the knife before putting away.

Also you will see much patina on the steel part of the knife, which has no effect on food, but if you mind this I suggest you try other stainless knives such as Mumon Touryu as substitute options.

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 05 November, 2017.

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