NORA #1252 - CPM-M4 Gyuto - Your Hands...
- Blade Type: Gyuto/Chef
- Blade Length: 8 Inches
- Total Length: 12.5 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: CPM-M4 Carbon Steel
- Handle Materials: Quilted Maple, Navy Blue Kirinite (acrylic resin based material), Gray G10, African Padauk Wood, Brass Pins
- Rockwell Hardness: 66 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat Hybrid
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best performance but delicate)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- >>>Mid-Range with Special Geometry (good performance but blade is kept slightly thicker for durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (hefty, durable)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- >>>Not too heavy, not too light (Switzerland)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western chef's knife but the blade tends to be thinner with less belly and holds a sharper edge. A gyuto is similar to a utility knife in that it is a multipurpose knife that can handle virtually every task including chopping, mincing and slicing meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. Our gyuto has a long, western style handle with a thin nimble neck which makes the knife easy to grip and form into your hand. The blade is a Japanese inspired profile but with just a little belly in the blade to allow for a gentle rocking motion.
CPM- M4 CARBON STEEL
The blade on this knife is composed of a high carbon CPM M4 steel. M4 is the best carbon steel we have ever used in regards to blade performance. After doing a wide amount of research on this steel, we decided to give it a go and have been extremely impressed with its performance thus far.
CPM M4 steel is unique in that it gets extremely hard. Hardness in steel generally equates to a finer edge and great edge retention. We took this blade to a solid 66 HRC which is incredibly hard compared to most production knives which fall in the mid to high 50's.
The high hardness allows it to maintain amazing edge retention but unlike other steels at this hardness its not as brittle or delicate. It is actually highly wear resistant which means you don't need to worry as much about the knife chipping or breaking. As an added bonus, M4 is surprisingly corrosion resistant when compared to other carbon steels.
Its a rugged knife for the performance it offers and this combination is rare when you harden steel to beyond 62 HRC. Please note though that the steel isn't bullet-proof...if you drop the knife on a very hard surface or slam it down on a hard object, it is likely to chip.
The pros of this steel outweigh the cons in our opinion but it must be mentioned that this steel is harder to sharpen than many others so you will need to factor that into your decision as it does represent a bit more maintenance than other knives. On the flip side, you don't need to sharpen this knife nearly as frequently as others.
**As this is a carbon steel, the blade will form a slight patina over time. This is normal and is actually the mark of a beautifully used knife. Please note, however, that a carbon knife does require more maintenance than its stainless steel counterpart, mainly that it must be washed or wiped clean shortly after each use to prevent unwanted rust or stains. We have acid etched this knife to protect the steel and start the patina process. Over time this etch will fade slightly and will be replaced by the individual patina you make while using the knife.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, unique and numbered. NORA #1252 has an elegant mix of both wood and resin. Nearest to the blade is a swirled quilted maple and towards the bottom is a bright African Padauk wood. Note that the padauk starts as a bright, orangey-red when initially cut and then slowly darkens to a deep reddish brown over time. Both wood have been stabilized for durability. Between these two woods is a shimmering piece of kirinite in a rich, navy blue. Gray G10 liners serve as accents and separate the materials. We love the elegant but modern look to the knife.
We decided to engrave a vintage illustration that we found showing the anatomy of a human arm and hand. We added a quote that tied in with the engraving which reads:
"The Final Forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
If you haven't already noticed, we love quotes and sayings. They sort of bring us back to center and help remind us what is important. In this case, whenever we are tempted to whine about things we don't like in ourselves or our situation we are reminded that it is us, and us alone, responsible for creating the life we want and becoming the person we want. Lord knows we are all trying to be the person our kid/dog/cat thinks we are, right? Happy trails to that. Hopefully for one of you this knife can come along for the journey!
*Wood stabilization is an added feature that we offer with our knives. Wood that is stabilized has been injected with a clear acrylic resin under a vacuum process. Stabilization helps to minimize any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will absorb very little water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen.
This knife has been custom engraved. The engraving was done via laser so there is depth to the engraving more so than you see with an electro etch. We do, however, keep the depth minimal so it does not catch much food and minimally interferes with the primary cutting function of the knife. A small amount of stickage is normal around the engraved area, especially initially. This will lessen over time as the blade is used. Please note though, if performance is your #1 priority then we encourage you to NOT purchase this blade. A blade with no engraving WILL have a smoother glide than a blade with engraving. For most, however, this difference is so minimal that it is barely noticed. We just like to provide a full disclosure up front so you know exactly what you are purchasing.
The engraving should last as long as the knife but please note that it will slightly degrade over time as abrasives are used on the knife. We recommend the soft end of a sponge with soap and water for cleaning and mineral oil periodically to condition the blade (and handle). Keep in mind that stronger abrasives, such as steel wool, scotch brite pads, sand paper or stone sharpening directly on the engraved image will further degrade the image.