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Matsubara Hamono Blue 2 Tsuchime Gyuto 240mm

$250.00 USD


Specifications

Style: Gyuto
Blade Length: 240mm
Overall Length: 390mm
Weight: 205g
Blade Height @ Heel: 60mm
Bevel: Double Bevel
Spine Thickness @ Heel: 2.9mm
Spine Thickness @ Mid: 2mm
Blade Material: Blue 2 Core, Stainless Tsuchime Clad
Handle Material: Octagon Rosewood
HRC: ~62

 

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Blade Type

The Gyuto knife, a cornerstone of Japanese culinary tradition, is a versatile, all-purpose chef's knife. Its name, translating to "beef sword," reflects its proficiency in slicing meat and in more modern times vegetables. However, its slightly curved blade excels in chopping, dicing, and mincing, making it indispensable in any kitchen.

Steel Type

Japanese Blue Steel #2, or "Aogami" #2, is a revered high-carbon steel alloyed with low amounts of chromium and tungsten. It strikes an excellent balance between durability, edge retention, and ease of sharpening. Slightly more ductile than Blue #1, it's widely used in crafting traditional Japanese knives, beloved by chefs for its resilience and sharpness, albeit is slightly softer than Blue 1.

Recommended Maintenance

Store it in a dry environment using magnetic strips, knife rolls, or sayas. Avoid hitting hard or frozen objects and twisting the blade while cutting. These knives are not dishwasher safe. Clean with hot water and a soft cloth, and dry immediately after use to prevent rust spots on the high carbon steel. For more information please read the blog below.

Introducing

Matsubara Hamono

Matsubara Knives originate from Nagasaki, and the business is headed by Tanaka Kama Kogyo. The history of Matsubara blades can be traced back to the Battle of Dan-no-ura of 1185. After the battle, Naminohira Yukiyasu, a master blacksmith of the defeated Taira Clan, fled from the victorious Minamoto Clan and went into hiding in the Province of Hyuga (today's Miyazaki). When demand for swords soared during the Warring States Period, his descendants moved to Matsubara in 1474. They forged swords on the grounds of Hachiman Shrine and, at the request of local farmers, started to make crescent-shaped sickles. This is the beginning of Matsubara sickles.

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Knife Care

This knife is made from a high-carbon steel and as such, will require a little more care than a regular off-the-shelf knife. It must be dried shortly after use, as prolonged exposure to moisture can cause rust spots to appear. A very light coat of oil during storage also helps to prevent rust spots. A patina (colouration and seasoning of the steel) will occur with use.

Customer Reviews

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James Dudas
Nice

Laser. ‘Nough said.

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Drew
Extremely satisfying to cut with

I was looking for a taller gyuto and at the time the price couldn’t be beat, even buying from the US. There wasn’t much info online but the grind looked nice and the fit and finish looked great. I was excited to add a real looker to my collection and kinda jumped the gun and bought it.

Boy was I surprised to find it really glide through veggies and protein. I’m used to much thinner knives like Shiro Kamo and Takamura and this knife really proves that a thicker blade with the right geometry behind the edge will get the job done just as well. I’m looking forward to picking up another.

I will say the choil is quite wonky and the fit and finish there is pretty bad. But some sandpaper and time can smooth that out. Even with this issue I think it still deserves this high rating.

Seems like we got a new sleeper on our hands. Gotta get it before everyone else does.

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Pedro Gorozpe I

Excellent and beautiful Knife