Masamoto’s Chef or Gyutou knives are made of a proprietary alloy called Hyper Molybdenum Vanadium. It is a blend of high-carbon stainless steel, molybdenum, cobalt, and vanadium. What that means is that they are very hard, can be sharpened to a VERY fine edge, and could easily star as the lead villain in the next Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill movie. This knife in particular and chef’s knives in general are great all-purpose knives in the kitchen. While the Western terms “chef’s knife” and “cook’s knife” are used interchangeably, the chef’s knife should be the longer (around 8″) and heavier of the two. A proper cook’s knife is about 6 inches in length and lighter in weight.
- Steel Type: Stain-Resistant Steel chef’s knife
- Blade: Double-Edged (2 edges on 1 side, not both sides)
- Handle Material: Composite Wood
- Hardness Rockwell C scale: 58-59
- Masamoto’s knife is also sharpened to a 70/30 bevel so better for right-handed use.
- Dimensions 8.26″ x 2.2″ x 1″
- Weight 9.6 ounces