Japanese Gyuto Chef Knife C6
Star Rating: 4.8 Stars
Overall Rating: Superior Quality Professional Knife
Blade Length: 9.5″
Blade Width at Spine: 2.5 mm
Handle: Micarta Handle
The C6 model is from Zhen Premium Knife company’s Carbon Stainless Steel Series.
This knife has a very nice edge and good balance. The Micarta handle is beautiful and very tough, but slightly uncomfortable to someone not used to using a barrel-shaped handle. Lots of clean cuts with this knife, although there is a slight “pulling” as if it has micro-serrations on the edge. Overall the Japanese Gyuto Chef Knife C6 is a nice, above average chef knife. I would put this blade equal with or a little above a Henckels 4 star.
Zhen Premium Knives use VG-10 (HRC60~62) steel imported from Japan, which is harder and can hold a sharper edge for a longer period of time than AUS-8 and AUS-6. This VG-10 (HRC60~62) “super steel” contains carbon, chromium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, silicon, and vanadium. The blade combines the best attributes of high carbon steel and stainless steel to make a tougher knife which is more rust-resistant, takes a killer edge and holds the edge longer.
The Carbon Stainless Steel series is made with 3 layers forged steel. The middle layer VG-10 Stainless Steel is clad with 2 layers of high-carbon steel on each side, creating superior sharpness and edge life which lasts longer than normal knives. The handle is made of Micarta, which is a quality high pressure laminate composite made of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber.
Japanese Gyuto 9.5″ Chef Knife model C6
|E||5||Carrot-Lengthwise Test||smooth, could feel a slight resistance, needed some applied pressure|
|O||5||Carrot-Crosswise Test||smooth, could feel a slight resistance|
|E||6||Shallot Test||smooth, but had some “pulling” during slicing, clean dice w/o smashing the shallot|
|E||5||Potato Test||smooth, very slight resistance resistance|
|O||7||Green Onion Test||smooth cuts all the way thru all strands w/ no bruising|
|E||5||Red Bell Pepper Test||smooth, but left some skin uncut on the julienne|
|E||5||Salmon Test||cuts cleanly but sticks slightly to the blade|
|O||7||Paper Test||cut all the way thru 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper the long way|
|A||Comfort||round handle is slightly awkward, had to choke-up and adjust a few times|
|E||Balance||nicely balanced in the hand|
|Comfort is so subjective that I chose not to give it a detailed rating which would effect the overall score, and I chose not to rate Balance either.|
The 9.5″ may not be available anymore, but you can buy other Zhen Premium Carbon Series Knives on Amazon
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