200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

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200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by milkbaby » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:19 pm

I was gonna post a lot of WIP pics but I've been working on this knife a little at a time on and off forever and am just happy to be done. So I'll just spam y'all with the all done pics.

The specs... 200 mm or 8 inch monosteel blade, 15N20 high carbon steel about HRc 61-62, full height convex grind slightly right hand biased, about 0.090" spine at the handle with very slight distal taper, dyed box elder burl and wenge wood handle with brass and red G10 bits. The saya is laminated construction of black walnut with basswood as the soft inner spacer. I have no idea what wood the saya pin is but guessing most likely birch.

This is definitely the best knife I've made yet, so I'm pretty darn happy. But I also know that I have a lot of room to improve and make even better knives in the future. Probably will upgrade my grinder and heat treating set up when I move into a place where I can have a proper workshop. Even though I prefer carbon steel, I want to play with stainless steel for people who won't take care of carbon steel.



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Obligatory choil pic:
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Coke bottle western handle which turned out better than expected. Flattish top side tapering down to a rounded oval bottom side.
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Bonus pics. It's funny how different wood can look depending on how the lighting is. Below pics show the saya in direct sunlight (I hadn't tethered the saya pin yet) and in indirect sunlight.
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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Kit Craft » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:35 pm

I really do love it when you post knives that you have made. Most of the time not a blade shape I am in to. But I dig them, a lot. I can not put my finger on it. Maybe it is that you express your emotion in your product. I do enjoy when you share, that is for sure.

Anyway, the handle is nice. The saya is wicked. And I love the finish on the blade. That grind looks nice too!

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Bensbites » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:44 pm

Wow.

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Cutuu » Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:50 pm

Dang man this is a niiice looking knife! I like the whole package looks fantastic!

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Jeff B » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:30 am

I love the rustic finish on that knife!
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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by milkbaby » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:23 pm

Thank you all for your kind words, they are very encouraging! :)

Kit, it's very true that making knives is a method of expression for me. Probably equal parts craftsmanship and artistry as I want to make the best tool that I can while at the same time making something beautiful to me. That's also part of why I don't take commissions as I only want to make what I like.

One last photo that I just took before sending this away. Neutral balance:
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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Drewski » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:40 pm

Beautiful!

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Kit Craft » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:52 pm

milkbaby wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:23 pm
Thank you all for your kind words, they are very encouraging! :)

Kit, it's very true that making knives is a method of expression for me. Probably equal parts craftsmanship and artistry as I want to make the best tool that I can while at the same time making something beautiful to me. That's also part of why I don't take commissions as I only want to make what I like.

One last photo that I just took before sending this away. Neutral balance:
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That is a great way to go about it. :)

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Jeff B » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:56 pm

I bet that balance point really gives that knife a nimble feel.
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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by Kit Craft » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:44 pm

I just have to look at this knife everyday. :) Seriously, I can not wait to see the next one you make!

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Re: 200 mm gyuto (or 8 inch chef's knife in MURICAN)

Post by old onion » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:14 am

Beautiful,absolutely beautiful. True Art.

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