Thank you very much for your many support.
I've recieved the gyuto, today.
I showed it to our blacksmith immediately.
''1) The tip seems to be hanging lower than the rest of the edge, so
that a portion of the front edge does not come in contact with the
board when laid perpendicular to it;
2) The heel of the knife also hand a little lower than the rest of the
edge, leaving again a small gap between the edge and the board towards
the last half inch of the edge near the heel;''
As to 1) and 2), our gyuto has a belly the best suited for drawing and
Therefore there're some gap on the tip and heel originally.
Japanese get used to do drawing and cuting.
But, Soba-kiri (knife) has a dead flat edge because it's used while
pressing and cutting.
If a customer ask us to make a straight edged knife, we'll make it as a
Excluding it, we make our original shaped knives.
''3) The edge seems to be somewhat 'wavy' when looked at with the knife
in vertical position, holding the tip towards your face, with "curves"
along the side of the edge. I fear that once the knife is sharpened,
this "wavy" may cause some areas to wear differently than other,
creating gaps between the edge and the board when cutting;''
As to 3), after it's hardened (quenched), it turns somewhat wavy. Therefore
we remove distortions with a special hammer after ''Tempering'' process.
We make it flat (level off) as far as there is no problem within the
If we make a sword, we must make it dead flat while we put the edge on the
glass board and check it.
In your knife case, we don't consider it a defect. We admit it has wavy
part. But it is leveled off enough for the practical use.
Of course, it can be fixed by hand.
It isn't special that hand-made (forged) kitchen knives have somewhat wavy
parts because it's hand-made, not machine-made.
We've experienced to sharpen other maker's knives have similar conditions.
Even if it has much wavier blade, we sharpen and straighten it with a
whetstone while checking and adjusting the conditions of the blade.
You may well say ''I fear that once the knife is sharpened, this "wavy" may
cause some areas to wear differently than other, creating gaps between the
edge and the board when cutting''.
But we're sorry but we have to hand-made our knives considering necessity of
If we pursue to make perfect knives, we have to spend much more time to
check blades. But, as a result, we can't sell our knives at the present
Our goal is, our knives are used by as many customers as possible. We'd like
to sell our knives with cheaper price compared with other makers.
We would appreciate it if you could understand our thoughts.