After testing many Chinese knives I found a manufacturer that sells the real imported VG10 steel from Japan. Most resellers and manufacturers on AliExpress are using the Chinese version what they call 10Cr15CoMoV. GHL is one of the select few that actually sells knives with the real imported VG10 steel from Japan. But is it just as good as a VG10 knife that is made in Japan? That is what you will find out in this article.
GHL Gyuto with imported Japanese VG10 steel made in China.
GHL is a manufacturer that does not offer its knives on Amazon yet. They sell knives with German steel, AUS-10, VG10, and more steel types. What you immediately will notice is that the manufacturer is honest and the HRC of this VG10 steel range from 58HRC to 60HRC. They can also provide you the import documents and testing reports.
Is the GHL Gyuto VG10 better than a VG10 knife made in Japan?
There is no way to measure it exactly, I did test them side by side. Just like the Japanese brands that sell VG10 as their core material has a difference in sharpness, durability and edge retention. For example, the Ryusen Hamano VG10 is sharper and holds the edge longer than the Shun VG-Max (Rebranded VG10 exclusively for shun no real difference than just a rebranding). If I tested them side by side I could not spot any noticeable differences between the Shun and the GHL VG10 knife. There is no way to measure the HRC of the knife that I got but it felt the same as the AUS-10 that has a 60HRC.
Should I buy an imported VG10 made in China?
Just like the imported AUS-10 and the VG10 steel, the Chinese can manufacturer a knife from equal quality compared to Japan. The only complain is the quality control they can never tell you the exact HRC but that is something Japanese manufacturers can guarantee can. The Japanese manufacturer only specifies one HRC and they don’t fluctuate. Chinese manufacturers always specify with 60HRC (+/-2). So it can either be 58 to 62 HRC. But that is something they can make up for the huge price difference. So in my honest opininion, you can’t go wrong with the imported steel from either Germany and Japan.
Made in China VS Japan and Germany
We are at a point where it does not matter where the knife is made, the differences are so small that it is not even worth mentioning where the knives were manufactured. China was making knives a long time ago but suddenly they are not a good knife manufacturer? Their own Chinese Steel-types aren’t that bad either. The problem is that there are many resellers falsely advertising a cheap knife as the next big thing. They were selling Chinese steel types as a Japanese VG10. This gave the Japanese VG10 a bad reputation since the consumer was scammed and was sold a different steel type. That is why I started reviewing Chinese knives, you can see the reviews on my YouTube Channel ChefPanko.
The aesthetics of the GHL Gyuto
After testing more than 20 Chinese knives I could see a lot of different Damascus pattern. The Damascus pattern looks good but there is definitely nicer and better looking Damascus pattern. I would be happy to just have a brushed finish without Damascus patterns. I like the aesthetics of the knife and the added mosaic rivet if definitely a plus. Bewol is the pictures and decides for yourself if you like the patterns or not
This knife also has a G10 handle, I like and love the G10 handle you don’t have to maintain the knife at all. Not only is there no maintenance needed it is also hygienic since this fiberglass material won’t absorb any liquids like raw meat juices. I like the adoption of the G10 handle in kitchen knives. You can mostly see G10 handles in pocket knives but this is definitely a plus to have in the kitchen knife sector.
The imported Japanese VG10 feels just like the shun pro series, in terms of durability, edge retention, and sharpness. What I can say for sure is that the edge retention is definitely better than a Zwilling, Wusthof, and Global. The quality control could be improved but for the price of just $55 for a 10.5-inch Gyuto you can’t really complain. Your money is well spent if you did not buy this knife from a scammer/ reseller that sells it on their own website for a significantly increased price.
The Store I got this knife from is from GHL on AliExpress