Don't forget these...
You'll often hear people play the - guess this choil - game. Sounds like a yardstick measuring contest more often than not. Then there's Shunsuke Manaka the man behind the Kisuke brand, a fifth generation smith under Manaka Hamono. Something about his choils is easily recognizable, have a look for yourself and see. Manaka-san through scientific research, has combined modern science with traditional techniques to completely by hand produce one of a kind looking knives.
The ENN line by Manaka Hamono is Kisuke's highest offering. You aren't sure if you want your knife to have a Damascus, kurouchi,or a tsuchime finish? How about all three in one knife. With a core steel of blue (aogami) #1, clad in soft iron and blue #2, these are knives for those that want it all. These pieces are a perfect showmanship of someone who is proud to have combined modern science metallurgical processes through traditional techniques. Showcasing a work of art and not skimping on performance either.
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.
Smith: Shonsuke Manaka
Origin: Kasukabe, Saitama prefecture
Knife style: gyuto
Finish: Damascus Kurouchi Tsuchime
Cladding: Soft Iron & Blue #2 Damascus
Edge length: 247 mm
Height at heel: 56.2 mm
Spine thickness above heel: 4.8 mm
Weight: 296 grams
Handle type: none
HRC: 62~64 Edge