Yaxell Corporation Knives

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Types of knives

Yaxell has a wide range of high-end kitchen knives in its collection and they are categorized in different series with the biggest difference between them being the number of folded steel layers. These series include:

Yaxell Mon

Knives in this series have a 3-layer blade that’s made up of VG10 stainless steel cutting core with sand blast finish and Samurai sword wave line. They have a hardness of HRC61 and their Japanese name and Roman letter are inscribed on the blade. The handles are black Canvas-Micarta attached to the tang with two stainless steel rivets. They are slightly at an angle to make a pinch grip a bit more comfortable. This is one of Yaxell’s most populated series as it includes at least 15 different types of knives; Chef’s, Slicing, Fillet, Bread, Boning, Pairing, Utility, Kiritsuke, Nakiri, and Santoku.

Yaxell Tsuchimon

Features the same 3-layer blades with VG10 stainless steel core and hardness of HRC61. The difference is the blades have hammered marks/finish on the upper part. The series Japanese name and Roman letter are equally inscribed on the blade, plus the Yaxell logo is engraved on the grip end. The handle material and basic formation is similar to the Mon. The series is slightly bigger, though. It includes different kinds of knives like Chef’s, Bread, Panini, Boning, Steak, Paring, Utility, Slicing, Kiritsuke, Nakiri, and Santoku.

Yaxell Ran Series

The knives in the Ran series have a 69-layer blade with a VG10 stainless steel core and a hardness of HRC61. The blades have a notable Damascus steel pattern with the Japanese name of the series inscribed on them. The handle material is the same black Canvas-Micarta attached using two stainless steel rivets. The available types of knife in the series are Chef’s, Chef’s Hollow Ground Edge, Chinese Chef’s, Bread, Slicing, Nakiri, Nakiri Hollow Ground Edge, Santoku, Santoku Hollow Ground Edge, Carving, Boning, Tomato, Utility, and Paring.

Yaxell Ran Plus

The design of these knives is similar to the Ran series. The blades have the same core steel, number of layers, and design. The handle material and formation is also the same as the Ran series. The difference is that the Ran Plus Japanese name is etched into the blades on both sides as well as on the grip end.

Yaxell YO-U Series

The knives in this series are sold exclusively on Japanese domestic market and there are four variations. We have the 101-layer blades that consist of SG2 Micro Carbide powder stainless steel core that offers a hardness of HRC63. They have red and black Canvas Micarta handles attached using two stainless steel rivets. The others are 69-layer blades and the 37-layer blades, which have Damascus VG-10 stainless steel core that’s enveloped by layers of soft and hard stainless steel on either side. The 37-layer blades have a beautiful hammered design. There’s also the YO-U bianco 3-layer blades which have Damascus VG-10 stainless steel core that’s clad by high-quality stainless steel on both sides and the blades have sword wave line like the Mon series. The handles of these three YO-U blade types are made of black Canvas Micarta, attached using two stainless steel rivets. The available knives in the series include Gyuto, Petty (Utility), Santoku, Dimpled Santoku, and Bread.

Yaxell Gou Series

The Gou knives have a 101-layer blade comprising of SG2 Micro Carbide powder stainless steel core – there are 50 layers of alternating hard and soft stainless steel on each side. They have a hardness of HRC63 and the blades feature an impressive Damascus steel pattern with the Japanese name of the series engraved on them and on the grip end too. The SG2 steel with the multiple layers of softer and harder steel makes the Gou blades incredibly stronger and tougher, with better edge retention that the VG-10 used on Yaxell’s other knives. The handles are made of black Canvas Micarta but are attached using three stainless steel rivets instead of two. They offer better ergonomics than the knives of the other series – balance is quite even on the index finger. Available types of knife are Chef’s, Slicing, Kiritsuke, Bread, Chinese Chef’s, Nakiri, Santoku, Utility, Steak, Boning, and Paring.

Yaxell Super Gou Series

It’s just the same as the Gou. The same material is used but instead of 101-layer blade, the knives have 161-layer blades. The other difference is the handle which is beautiful red-black Canvas Micarta with three stainless steel rivets. The blades have same Damascus steel pattern and the series name is equally engraved on them and on the grip end. The hardness is the same but Super Gou knives do keep their edge longer due to the layering. You also get the same collection of knife types and block sets as the Gou Series.

Yaxell Super Gou YPSILON Series

The core steel of this series is the same as the Gou and Super Gou series, but the knives feature impressive 193-layer blades. The hardness is still the same (HRC63) and the blades have Damascus pattern and with the series Japanese name engraved on them and on the grip end. The handles are similar to that of the Gou series but have an inlaid samurai family crest at the center that makes them exceptionally beautiful. This is generally the top Yaxell’s series, both in performance and looks. The selection isn’t as wide as the rest though. The available types of knife are Santoku, Chef’s, Utility, and Kiritsuke.

Yaxell Dragon

This is the only Yaxell series currently made with American steel. The blades are made using BD1N steel, which is a Carpenter steel enhanced with a shot of nitrogen to ensure a higher working hardness. It’s almost similar to VG-10 steel but with a hardness of HRC63 and it offers a good edge and corrosion resistance. The handles are the same Canvas Micarta material used in most Yaxell knives. However, there are three variations. There’s the basic Dragon knives, which feature slightly contoured handles made of black Micarta. There’s the Dragon Fire knives which are similar to the basic Dragon knives but with red Micarta handles. The third one is the Dragon Storm knives where the handles have a slight curve right at the butt which makes the ergonomics a bit different. The knives in this series include Chef’s, Santoku, Nakiri, Asian Chef’s, Fusion Chef’s, and Slicing.

Yaxell Zen Series

The knives in this Yaxell line have a 37-layer blade that features a VG10 steel cutting core and have a hardness of HRC61. The blades have a simple Damascus steel pattern and hammered marks on their upper part with the Japanese name of the series stamped on them. The handle material is black Canvas Micarta and it is attached using two stainless steel rivets. The Zen knives are probably the closest to traditional Japanese knives due to their oval handles which offer the least amount of contouring. This is also one of Yaxell’s largest series. It has quite a decent selection of different kitchen knives that include Chef’s, Chinese Chef, Bread, Slicing, Utility, Boning, Paring, Kiritsuke, Nakiri, and Santoku.

Yaxell Sayaka

This line offers knives with a 3-layer blade consisting of a VG-10 stainless steel core with an average hardness of HRC58. The series Japanese name is inscribed on the blades while the Yaxell logo is also etched on the grip end. The handles are made of stainless steel and have a zebra striped design. It’s basically Yaxell’s all-steel series and it does offer a good number of different knife types like Chef’s, Chef’s Hollow Ground Edge, Chinese Chef’s, Slicing, Utility, Bread, Santoku, and Santoku Hollow Ground Edge.

Yaxell Yukari

This is similar to the Sayaka series as the knives have 3-layer blades with a hardness of HRC58, but they feature a MOVAX stainless steel core. Like the other Yaxell series, the Yukari name is etched on the blades and the handles are made of back Canvas Micarta that’s attached using two stainless steel rivets. The available types of knife are Chef’s, Slicing, Bread, Santoku, Paring, and Utility.

Price Range

Yaxell knives come at fairly affordable prices. However, the price vary from one series to another and the reason for this is the type of steel and number of layers of the blade, as well as the length of the blade and the finishing.

The price for Santoku knives, for instance, ranges from $60 to $600. The Mon series, which features a 3-layer blade with a VG10 stainless steel core, offers the cheapest Santoku knives. Its 4.75-inch Santoku knife goes for $69.95 while the 6.5-inch version is around $89.95.

The Tsuchimon Santoku knives are made of the same material and have the same number of layers but are slightly priced higher than the Mon series because the blades have a hammered finish. The Tsuchimon 4.5-inch Santoku knife is $89.95 while the 6.5-inch $119.95.

The Ran Plus series is made of the same VG10 steel but it has 69 layers, which makes it slightly more expensive than Mon and Tsuchimon series.The Ran Plus 4.5-inch Santoku knife, for example, costs $119.95 while the 6.5-inch version costs $149.95. The Gou , Super Gou, and Super Gou YPSILON use the SG2 Micro Carbide powder stainless steel and have more layers, hence they come at a higher price than the rest.

The Gou 6.5-inch Santoku knife, for instance, costs around $269.95 while the Super Gou Santoku knife of the same size costs $299.95. The Super Gou YPSILON is the most expensive Yaxell’s series. It’s 6.5-inch Santoku knife goes for $599.95, which is the highest compared to the price of the other Yaxell Santoku knives.

As for the Nakiri knives, they are all 7 inches and their prices range from $90 to$350. The 3-layer VG10 steel Nakiri knives are the cheapest with the Mon series Nakiri knife going for $99.95 while the Tsuchimon costs slightly more at $119.95 because it has a hammered finish. The Ran Plus Nakiri knife costs more than the other VG-10 steel, at $149.95, and this is because it has 69 layers.
The SG2 Micro Carbide powder stainless steel Nakiri knives cost more. The Gou Nakiri knife which has 101 layers costs around $269.95 while the Super Gou (161 layers) goes for $299.95. Generally, whether it’s the Yaxell Nakiri, Santoku or Chef Knife, the more layers the knife has, the more expensive it’ll be.

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