Nora Knives

NORA #999 - 7.5 Inch Gyuto - O1 Carbon Steel

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 NORA knife #999 is our take on the versatile Japanese Gyuto. The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western chef's knife but the blade tends to be thinner 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 but a Japanese style profile with a fair amount of belly in the blade to allow for a gentle rocking motion.

Every one of our knives is numbered and unique. This NORA knife has been handled with a vivid blue and green colored Shokwood. Shokwood is a hybrid mix of live edge wood and urethane based resins.  This particular handle has big leaf maple burl wood and a beautiful blend of lime green, navy blue, black and bright cobalt blue. The handle has a black G10 liner & the wood has been stabilized for durability.  

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, if not eliminate, any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will not absorb water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen. 

The blade on this knife is composed of a high carbon O1 tool steel.  O1 tool steel is a great all around choice for carbon steel as it is easily sharpened and the fine grain structure produces a very sharp edge. It is also an economical alternative to some of the more expensive Japanese carbon steels while offering similar benefits and a more hardy steel.  HRC hardness on this knife is at a solid 62.    

We have left this particular blade unetched as some people like to see the natural patina form on the knife.  Please keep in mind that O1 steel is very reactive so it will need to be wiped down, cleaned and hand dryed after each use.


{ Knife Details }

Metal: O1 Carbon Steel

Blade Length: 7.5 inches

Total Length: 12.75 inches

Handle Material: Navy Blue & Green Shokwood, Black G10 Liners, Black Micarta Pins

Rockwell Hardness: 61.5 HRC

Total Weight: 7.3 oz

Blade Height: 2 inches (at blade base)

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