WE Knife Co. Kicks Off Kitchen Line with Gyuto

WE Knife Co. is entering a brand new field with the release of their first ever kitchen knife, the WK01 Gyuto.

The WK01 more or less straightforwardly adapts the Japanese Gyuto knife. In practical terms that means it’s a do-all chef’s knife, on the larger side with a 9.25-inch cutting edge, and an overall length of 15 inches. WE put a little more attitude into the drop of their Gyoto’s tip, with a hard, flat, linear drop instead of a gradual downward curve. The additional flair should not affect the Gyuto’s performance and, like its more traditional forbears, it should be able to handle just about any kitchen task. Meat primarily (in English, “gyuto” translates to “cow blade”) but larger vegetables are also within the Gyuto’s remit.

WE chose a 67-layer Damascus for its blade, complete with a hammered finish. The Damascus functions as cladding over a 10Cr15CoMoV core. This steel is equivalent to Takefu VG-10, which has been a common sight on folders and mid-range kitchen cutlery for many years. And as with VG-10, 10Cr15CoMoV’s highly stain resistant nature makes it perfect for kitchen work.

For a company with a penchant the most modern materials, it might surprise some users to see good old fashioned wood in use on the Gyuto. They’ll have choice between two different wood configurations for the hexagonal handle, but no synthetic options are available at this time.

If you’re familiar with WE’s nomenclature you’ve probably already noticed that the Gyuto’s item number, WK01, is different from its standard listing system. The company has described this knife as the first release in their WE Kitchen Lifestyle line, and has already confirmed that more will follow. The company told us that the next release should be expected next month, and will continue the theme of Japanese cutlery with a Santoku knife.

The Gyuto is expected to be available to ship this week, and should start showing up with dealers after that. MSRP for either configuration is $180.

Knife in Featured image: WE Knife Co. WK01 Gyuto