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.

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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

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