A cut above
THE JAPANESE KNOW A THING OR TWO ABOUT KNIVES. WHETHER YOU WANT GREAT VALUE OR ARE LOOKING TO SPLASH SOME CASH, THESE ARE OUR TOP PICKS – JUST MIND YOUR FINGERS.
1. NENOX ‘CUSTOM BLUE GYUTO 210’, $870
For those who love larger knives, this top-of-therange luxury knife will make even the Samurai proud. Its deep-blue bone handles and a hamaguri sharp edge can only be described as silky.
2. KUROSAKI ‘SHIZUKU 170MM SANTOKU’, $316
With a rare zebrawood handle this ‘R2’ stainlesssteel-clad multi-purpose knife was hammer forged by Kurosaki san in Japan.
3. MCUSTA ZANMAI ‘TYPE R 210MM GYUTO’, $280
One of the best-value all-rounders on the planet, the beautiful sculpted red pakkawood handle design joins a R2 powder steel blade for an even better edge retention.
4. CHEF’S ARMOURY BESPOKE ‘FUKUI DAMASCUS 240MM GYUTO’, $480
The stunning Damascus blades are hammer-forged by artisans in the Fukui prefecture. The core of the blade is made from VG10 stainless-steel wrapped in no fewer than 32 layers of nickel Damascus – and each knife in the range is a bespoke beauty. CHEFSARMOURY.COM