"Burrfection Knife" Sakai Takayuki by Ryky AUS8 240mm Gyuto with Buffalo Horn Handle

by Sakai Takayuki


This is Ryky’s first custom-designed knife. After years of testing every knife he can get his hands on, this particular 240mm gyuto profile is one of his favorites. After spending nearly a year of designing and redesigning, this knife is the end result. With a spine thickness of only 2mm, and weighing about 6 oz (170g), this qualifies as what knife enthusiasts like to call “lasers”. An ultralight and thin knife that knife purists absolutely love, and with a profile that has been perfected by Ryky’s personal input.
On top of everything, Ryky was able to partner up with one of the most famous blade makers in all of Japan, Sakai Takayuki.


  • Origin (Made in): Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Brand: Sakai Takayuki
  • Knife Type: Gyuto
  • Blade
    • Construction: Monosteel
    • Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
    • Steel Type: AUS8
    • Hardness: 58-59 HRC
    • Hand-sharpened
  • Blade Length: 240mm (9.4")
  • Blade Height (at heel): 47mm
  • Spine Thickness
    • Above heel: 2.1mm
    • Middle: 2.0mm
  • Handle
    • Premium Custom Handle
    • Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
    • Material: Teak / Walnut / Wenge / Ebony
    • Kuchiwa: Black / White Buffalo Horn
    • Length: 135mm
  • Overall Length: 383mm
  • Weight: 
    • Teak: 139g (4.90oz)
    • Walnut: 141g (4.97oz)
    • Wenge: 144g (5.08oz)
    • Ebony: 158g (5.57oz)
  • Mark (Front): In Japanese Kanji "Sakai Takayuki" (堺孝行) ; "Made in Japan"
  • Mark (Back): Ryky 1 of 200 Launch Edition*
*Note: 200 knives are made for each handle type. "1 of 200 Launch Edition" is printed on every knife, meaning "one of two hundred" out of the same handle type.

    About Sakai Takayuki 堺 孝行

    Sakai Takayuki is Sakai's top knife maker and artisan workshop. Japan's Sakai region has a knife making history of 600 years. Among these knife makers, Sakai Takayuki is a representative of Sakai's long history of making blades. The quality of the finish and details of the forging technique are handed down over generations of fine craftsmen. Today Sakai Takayuki is sold to over 100 countries around the world. Their uncompromising knife making passion has attracted passionate customers beyond the border of Japan.


    Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.

    Cutting Surface:

    Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.


    We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives. 

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 8 reviews
    Michael Marquez
    Superior Quality

    My wife is an avid cooker but has never had a nice or professional knife. So I was researching top Japanese knives and found your channel. Then I went down the best rabbit hole ever due to all your knowledge. I decided to buy her your knife the Burrfection Launch as a way to buy something top notch and support you. She was blown away by the knife. The feel, the excellent performance, the amazing handle, and it is truly a beautiful knife! She is in love with it and is now looking for her next knife! Thank you

    Adrian Ammaturo
    Insane !!

    i love this Knive and With The Number 1 of 200 im absolutely happy :D

    Leeling Yuen (Oakville, CA)
    Great Gyoto!

    Bought this knife in Nov 2020. It is stunning to look at and almost too beautiful to use. The handle is gorgeous, it feels so light, and balanced and just right in your hand. It is wicked sharp and I absolutely love it. I prefer it over my Shun chef knife. Now that Ryky has introduced me to good Japanese knives I can’t go back to using my heavy German knives. I wash and dry it immediately after use and it still looks new.

    M Pearson
    My Gift Knife

    I have a great relationship with this knife. Since they have been in the Burrfection store I’ve purchased five of them; four for gifts and one for me. They make a great introduction for folks to the joys of using Japanese kitchen knives. There are a couple of things that help make this a standout gift.

    1. They are sharp right out of the box. Many times people have no idea how easy it is to use a sharp knife and this a good example of that.
    2. The blade is thin and well balanced.
    3. The AUS8 steel is easy to sharpen for new users.
    4. Most everyone can use a great knife in their kitchen. For some it’s the first really good knife they have ever had.
    5. They have a classic cutting profile.
    6. They look and feel like the quality products they are.

    There are few items that can be given that you know will be appreciated by the recipient. This is one of them. I heartily recommend them to anyone looking for an excellent kitchen knife.

    Must OWN

    I recently turned a collector of Japanese knives watching a lot of Youtube videos and websites increasing my knowledge. I went on a limb and bought this YouTuber guy's knife. I said that knife is a great looking knife. Well, I just got the knife in and great was not the word. Its a DAMN Beautiful knife one of the BEST I obtain so far. Best Handle in my collection. The handle is pristine and the blades and logos just WOW. The knife is so beautiful I am not sure it will see the kitchen. LOL. You know-how RYKY is always giggling from different knives due to there features. Well, it's like he took the best of all those knives and compile them in designing this knife. I like how Japanese writing are well pronounce and you don't have to squint to see it. The blade polish is just amazing. The blade is so nice I wish it was even larger to enjoy looking at it even more LOL. But truly this knife is worth it the Design is just amazing.

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