This May Be The Best Chef Knife Under $100
- Overall Length: 13.2″
- Blade Length: 8.2″
- Blade Steel: VG-10
- Spine Thickness: 1.9mm
- Handle Material: ECO Wood
- Blade Finish: Polished
- Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Manufacture Location: Japan
- Full Tang
- Hi Quality VG-10 Steel
- Low Maintenance
- Very Sharp
- Excellent value
- Handle is not as high quality as the blade
- Slightly heavier than other high end Japanese Knives
- Aesthetics not on par with quality
Great Option For Anyone Just Switching To Japanese Style Cutlery
This may be the best chef’s knife under $100 on the market. It is a great entry level Japanese kitchen knife if you are thinking of making the transition to Japanese cutlery, because it is a little heavier than most other high end Japanese chef’s knives, so switching from the heavier German or American knives is a little more seamless.
Handle Ergonomics and Durability
Upon first glance when taking this knife out of the box there is nothing about the handle that looks special, but as soon as you wrap your hand a round it and begin cutting, slicing or chopping it begins to feel very special. This is especially true if you are used to consumer level Chef knives that ship with low to mid level knife sets. knife sets. Much of this chef’s knife performance is due to it’s incredible balance and excellent blade geometry, but the combination of the Western style handle with a Japanese style blade is a winning combo for those of use that are not used to the round style Japanese handles found on most Japanese chef knives.
The black micarta handle is a bit of a disappointment from an aesthetic standpoint. It certainly doesn’t look as nice as the Pakkawood handles found on similarly priced chef knives, but the utilitarian look is fitting for a knife that was designed to be an efficient work horse that will give it’s owner years of use.
The DP Gyutou F808 ships really sharp, but it you have a ceramic rod sharpener you can get it even sharper than it ships from the factory. The high quality VG-10 steel blade of the DP Gyutou is is forged rather than stamped which sets it apart from many other chef’s knife in this price range. With a Rockwell rating of 60 this knife is tough enough to withstand serious use. The blade is incredibly sharp and it holds it’s edge well, but it does not ship with a sheath, so I recommend ordering one if you decide to get this knife unless you plan to keep it in a wood block.
Tojiro is not a really well known brand, but it is well respected by professional chefs and serious home cooks. The DP 808 chef knife is probably the most popular knife Tojiro makes. While it is not the best chef knife Tojiro sells, it offers the most bang for the buck of any of their chef knives especially considering it is usually only around $70. Overall this may be the best value of all the chef’s knives on the market. There are better chef’s knives out there, but they cost 2 to 3 times as much money. In fact the only other kitchen knife on the market that may match the DP Gyutou for value is the Tojiro F-737 Bread Knife.
This review was for the 8.2 inch version, but if you need a longer blade there is also a 10.5 inch version available.