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2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:30 pm

Lets start with what I have. I have the Henckles Twin Gourmet 3” paring, 5” serrated utility, 2 6” utility, a 6” chefs knife and an 8” chefs knife. In addition I have a Henckles Pro S 7”Santoku and a Shun Ken Onion bread knife. I hate the thicker, blockier handles on the Gourmet’s

With the exception of the Shun, my wife uses the knives. I intend to let her continue to use them because I am getting 2 knives for me. (c:

I grew up with Buck knives and have tried, without success, over the years to keep them sharp. Maybe I waited to long and the knife was just too dull, or maybe I didn’t truly know how, or maybe I just didn’t have the right tools to sharpen them. At 42, I am not too old to learn a new trick. If that is what it takes for me to have a sharp knife, so be it. Too be honest, the Shun is so much sharper, I carve the roasts with it.

I mainly trim beef and pork, trim and dice chicken and cut vegetables and mince herbs.

I wash and dry the knives I have and intend to do so with my new purchase.

I was thinking along the lines of a 120 Petty and a 240 Gyoto. I have been reading the forums here and elsewhere. I have been looking at the Tojiro DP series (would have to get the combo set as you appear to be OOS unless you go the combo route), Fujiwara FKM, Yamashin, Tanaka and Richmond Artifex, but I am not stuck on a particular brand.

I like the way the Wa-Gyoto looks, but never having used a non-western handle, I am not sure how that would feel. I do use a pinch style grip, although my technique has a lot to be desired.

I would like to spend no more $150 for both knives but can wiggle some. I also will need to get a good rod, most likely the Idahone, and then a couple of stones (1000/6000?)

Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:34 pm

Hi Clint,

Try the Tojiros. They're in your price range and are good entry level Japanese knives.

Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:35 pm

Also, before you spend money on sharpening gear check out my free video tutorials and then feel free to come back to our forum and ask questions.


Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:01 pm

So Tojiro DP for both?

Thanks again Mark!

Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:37 pm

One more question, if I wanted to get a Wa handle, I would need to go with the ITK or would you recommend another?

Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:33 pm

something else, try the yamashins.

Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:08 am

The DP comes in a Wa version, but it's out of stock:

Re: 2 Japanese knives for about $150.

Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:10 pm

Any idea when the DP Wa's will be in?
Any other suggestion on a Wa handle?
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