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For those that venture outside of Japanese-made kitchen knives, you need only scour the internet for a few minutes before you eventually come across the brand Dao Vua. Who are they and why have they taken the internet and market by storm? The story of Dao Vua and their kitchen knife price point is really where it begins.
Here is the short and dirty version of their humble beginnings, which you can easily find online. Dao Vua knives are handmade in Hanoi, Vietnam by barefoot Vietnamese bladesmiths, using recycled materials, from what they call leaf spring steel. At the price point of these knives, they are seriously impressive from build to sharpness. Though, they may not be for you if you struggle to take care of your knives. Being carbon steel even if with a kurouchi finish, they sharpen easily, but also oxidize easily so care should be taken to maintain a dry knife.
One of the main reasons you see and hear a lot about Dao Vua, is because not only do you get a good looking knife with a cool story attached to it at a reasonable price, despite being a start up of sorts, they have listened to their customers and adapted.
Enter Version 2 Dao Vua knives, also simply known as V2. In the V2 line, Dao Vua has been careful to include better crafted handles, thinner and sharper blades, refined the knife style to more generally look like a Japanese kitchen knife and fewer inconsistencies in build fit and finish. If you are looking to pick up your first Dao Vua, we highly recommend you pick up a V2 over a V1 so that you can see and feel the difference.
Ah we have finally arrived at the conundrum with no end, the 240mm gyuto. Those who love a 240mm gyuto will without fail and without any subtlety express their obsession with this particular length of gyuto. With 30mm extra than the typical 210mm gyuto, a 240mm gyuto is a great knife for those with bigger hands, larger kitchens, bigger tasks, larger... you get the point!
A gyuto is already a versatile knife style, at 240mm, you gain even more versatility. And don't you dare tell someone who loves 240mm gyutos that it's too large to slice garlic, because they'll prove you wrong.
Spine at heel: 2.2mm
Estimated HRC: 60
Steel: German Leaf Spring Reactive Carbon Steel
Grind: 50 / 50
Maker: Dao Vua Co-op
County: Viet Nam
Handle: Ebony and Padauk