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Artifex Prototypes

Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:34 pm

Hi Everyone,

Here's a look at the prototypes cut in steel for the new Artifex knives.

80mm Petty
150mm Petty
160mm Honesuki
165mm Nakiri
160.. Boning
225mm Fillet (flex)
270mm Scimitar
270mm Bread
270mm Suji


Re: Artifex Prototypes

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:10 pm

I'm excited about some of these. I've used a number of Scimitars and have never really been happy. As someone who uses one nearly everyday at work this is great news. The profile looks good and I've heard nothing but good about the AEB-L.

I will say, the boning knife does look a little wide from the shot. Also, is the finger guard really necessary? They make it very hard to sharpen properly and if you have a good grip on the knife and work cleanly your hand sliding down the blade isn't a problem. Right now my go to Western boning knife is the Victorinox 40013. The handle is comfortable, but the guard is annoying. The stiffness is just right for popping joints, working around bones or filleting a fish. It can take a great edge for butchery (although it does need regular touch ups on a steel). Of course, the way that the blade is mounted to the handle isn't really that hygienic. It is very easy to get meat/fat stuck between the groove.

My real go to butcher's knife is a Misono Swedish Hankotsu. I love the knife, it can does much of what the Western equivalent does, but better. Sadly, the few things it doesn't do I still rely on my Western knife for. It takes a crazy sharp edge and is very comfortable to use. Pops joints with a breeze and is sturdy. The only thing is the handle is very slippery if any fat or liquid gets on it, more so than most other knives I have used.

I also like the looks of the Honesuki. One of these is on my short list.

As a refernece, I spend a majority of my day with these types of knives in my hands.

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:30 pm

Yeah, the finger guard on the Boning and Fillet make it a royal PITA to sharpen, especially on water stones. The fillet knife may need to be a tad wider in the blade, depending on the thickness of the steel. With thicker steel and a narrow blade, the edge bevel gets pretty thick pretty quick.

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:37 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Now is the time to make adjustments. I'll try and lose the finger guards on these.

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:38 pm

Agreed no finger guards would be strongly preferred. Been looking at buying a scimitar so this has me curious.

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:45 am

i hope lefties are also put into consideration during the design process


Re: Artifex Prototypes

Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:29 pm

yes please take care of the lefties! a lefty friendly ael-b honesuki would be great!

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:06 pm

These will all be 50/50 on the grinds and the edge.

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:13 am

beautiful! lefty friendly knives are all we need! =D

Re: Artifex Prototypes

Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:54 pm

Is the bread going to scalloped/sinus? PleasesayyesPleasesayyesPleasesayyes...
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