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Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:21 am

I like Nakiri's for smaller veg prep stuff like Desol; I am rarely doing any tip work where I need a fine pointy tip, usually just julienne or dicing. Using the nakiri for these tasks also saves the edges on my gyuto's. I do a much higher polish on my Nakiri edges than I do on the Gyuto since I want more tooth for slicing and trimming proteins on the gyuto. A Kohetsu 210mm is a laser class knife and is still decently tall at the heel to have good knuckle clearance. The Kohetsu 240mm is a bit beefier overall and in the grind as well compared to the 210mm, so it's a lightweight gyuto that can work as an all arounder/midweight.

The 240mm usually will have more of a flat spot than a 210mm, which makes veggie work a bit easier (less accordianing in a push cut). By the time I pinch grip the 210mm, a good bit of the flat spot is now taken up by my fingers over the spine, so it feels even shorter. If I need a pointy tip, well, that's when the 150mm petty comes out, which is rare. I find myself using a double bevel Funayuki more often that I do a petty; pointy tip if I need it, but also some height and flat spot for veggies, little curve for trimming proteins.

What I have found on Sweet Potatoes is that I prefer a 240mm midweight with a full convexing (tanaka sekiso) compared to a Workhorse, which generally has a lower grind height (anryu and goko). Even my Laser (Kono HD Ultimatum 270, reground Addict 2 in 52100) gets beat out in sweet potatoes by my midweights. But both the Tanaka Sekiso and Richmond Laser AS gyuto's get beat out by their respective Nakiri's in sweet potatoes.

So I would look for a 240mm midweight :) Kohetsu 210mm is a great AS core/SS clad Laser.

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:31 pm

S**ts about to get real here...on the knife forum...hope no one puts an eye out. ;)

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:40 pm

Bad Boys, Bad Boys...Whatcha gonna do when they come for you - Bad Boys, Bad Boys...

Darn it - now I'll have that stuck in my head all evening :-).

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:43 pm

I was wondering who turned on the Mortal Kombat music :)

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:54 pm

Now let's return to our regular programming....

So I'm pretty much convinced to go the 240 route. Unfortunately my first choice is out of stock - the Anryu Hammered 240. The others in the running, and that are in stock, are the Yuki 240 & Tanaka Sekiso 240. Anything else I should consider in a mid-weight, workhorse type 240? It seems like many of the 240s are out right now. Should I wait for the Anryu?

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:14 pm

If the Anyru is your #1, then it will be worth the wait. Mark seems to get these on a pretty regular basis, unlike some other lines. The Yuki and Anryu Hammered should be darn close. The Anyru does have a nicer handle IMO. I have the Yuki and have had a few Anyrus in my hand.

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:19 pm

Yuki is a great performer I would prefer over the Anyru. The Tanaka is a well loved knife but a little tall for my liking. Any one of those three would be a great knife but the Yuki would be my first choice. One mans opinion.

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:46 pm

I think that's an awesome final list. Flip a coin and I think you'll be happy. I don't recall if it was mentioned earlier, but just be aware the Tanaka Sekiso is carbon clad, so it will oxidize along the entire surface of the blade.

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:22 pm

I'd wait, depending of course on how long the ETA is.

Re: Another gyuto recommendation...

Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:54 pm

Two minutes
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