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Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:41 am

Hi Guys

OK, so I am ready to take the plunsh and buy a few good Japanese knifes for my kitchen.
I would like to buy three of them, one gyuto, one nakiri and one petty all at ones since shipping is quite expensive to my location.

I will be replacing a few cheap supermarket knives and a Kyocera revolution santoku.

I have been looking around and I have my eyes set on the Masakage koishi series. Are these any good? I really like the black finish on them.

I will be using them in a home environment and they will be used daily for a few weeks when I am home. Then when I go to work they will be idle for two months at the time.

1. Are you right handed?
Yes

2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..) One gyuto, one nakiri and one petty

3. What size knife are you looking for?
240mm for the Gyuto the other two I am open to suggestions.

4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel?
Stainless clad, edge can go either way.

5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle?
Japanese

6. How much did you want to spend?
No more than $1000 for all three

7. Do you know how to sharpen?
Almost. I do not freehand but use an eze-sharp and get a good edge.
I also sharpen straight razors with good results.
My setup consists of a full set of shaptons glass 320 grit to 30,000 grit.

So what do the forum gurus say?

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:23 am

I own a Masakage Shimo gyuto and petty. The fit and finish is excellent as is the out of the box sharpness. I believe these qualities span the entire Masakage line.

Good luck with your purchase.

Mike

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:54 am

Do want matching handles and finishes? :)

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:41 am

I say you're the first person to have his sharpening system totally together that's trying to drop so much money in here. Don't buy matching knives, please; I want to read what everyone has to say about the expensive deep cuts in the CKTG catalogue. This is too rich for my blood.

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:50 am

I too own the Masakage shimo 210 gyuto and its scary sharp OOTB.

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:06 am

Here are a couple gyuto suggestions. Some fall into your requested parameters, others drift a little. These are the style gyuto I prefer over some others. Just to explore other options that may interest you.
Sakai Takayuki:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sata24wa.html

Saji Damascus WaGyuto:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sadawa24.html

Suisin Inox Honyaki:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/suinhowa24.html

Sakai Yusuke:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sakaiyusuke2.html

Pettys-
I like to have the best edge retention for shorter length knives. I think the Masakage petty knives in AS would be woth looking at:
150mm- http://www.chefknivestogo.com/makope15.html
120mm- http://www.chefknivestogo.com/makope12.html

I have not used many nakiri. I wouldn't even know where to begin. :?

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:40 am

Panko wrote:Do want matching handles and finishes? :)


Matching handles I couldn't care less about.
Although I would appreciate if all the blades had black finish. Hammered or not, again I couldn't care less.

Do you have any suggestions?

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:42 am

ScarymanMB wrote:I own a Masakage Shimo gyuto and petty. The fit and finish is excellent as is the out of the box sharpness. I believe these qualities span the entire Masakage line.

Good luck with your purchase.

Mike


Sound good, Thank you.
If I were to go outside of Masakage for two of the blades which brand would you recomennd that will keep the same level or better of fit and finish?

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:45 am

Lepus wrote:I say you're the first person to have his sharpening system totally together that's trying to drop so much money in here. Don't buy matching knives, please; I want to read what everyone has to say about the expensive deep cuts in the CKTG catalogue. This is too rich for my blood.


I'm not trying to drop money, I didn't put a lower limit to the price only a upper one. And I have made the mistake of buying decent stuff before only to have it cost me more in the end due to an upgrade. I will try to keep this to a one time purchase (even though I know it is unlikely to be the last of it).

Re: Another knife recommendation thread.

Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:46 am

stevonyc34 wrote:I too own the Masakage shimo 210 gyuto and its scary sharp OOTB.


What do you think about the Fit & finish of it?
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