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Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:05 am

SteveG wrote:Brianch - the other ones I'll toss into the conversation are the Sakai Takayuki Hammered Damascus AEB-L 210/240 Gyutos:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/satadagy210.html
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/satadagy240.html

I'd recommend the 240 if you are OK w/the extra length. They are very nice knives & real lookers in person.



Co-worker swears by this knife. It's similar to the goko but with much better F&F and the AEBL is a better steel IMO.

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:09 am

+1 Lunatic - my thoughts exactly.

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:08 am

those sakais look pretty nice too...

seems like tanaka is the answer to everything i ask! are they really that good?

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:18 am

I think I might just pick up the Goko in the meantime and later on pick up the 210mm Tanaka Damascus when it comes back in stock.

I like how the Goko looks :P and there arent very many of them left apparently - and wont be restocked. I already missed out on the hammered Gokos :(

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:00 am

The Goko hammered Damascus is still available. It is a little thicker and stiffer than the goko damascus.

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:51 pm

What would you say to upgrading my budget to the Kikuichi Swedish Warikomi Damascus Gyuto

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kiswwadagy21.html

Would you say worth it over all of the ones recommended so far? The reviews seem very good. And i like how thin it is. It also looks gorgeous.

Or should I consider something else for under $300? As I read more.. My budget continues to increase. :O

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:58 pm

brianch wrote:What would you say to upgrading my budget to the Kikuichi Swedish Warikomi Damascus Gyuto

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kiswwadagy21.html

Would you say worth it over all of the ones recommended so far? The reviews seem very good. And i like how thin it is. It also looks gorgeous.

Or should I consider something else for under $300? As I read more.. My budget continues to increase. :O


I'd save myself $80 and get the Sakai Takayuki Damascus.

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:14 pm

Brianch - that Kikuichi is a great knife. Thinner than the Takayuki, probably not thinner than the Goko. Best F&F and best handle by far of the group.

Goko - very nice knife for the $, crappy handle. Decent spine/choil rounding OOTB.

Takayuki - nicer blade than the Goko IMO, good solid handle, hammered finish is very nice & adds just a little additional non-stick factor, choil could use a little sanding for comfort IMO.

Kikuichi - nicest blade IMO, great handle, super F&F.

If $$ don't count - Kikuichi all the way. If you're not going to collect knives and want a long-term, beautiful performer ITK to build a small but superb knife kit, it's a winner in my book - even at it's higher price.

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:02 am

If you're raising your budget to the $250 range your options open and you start getting into some really nice knives.

Anyru 210 - carbon core, stainless clad with hammered finish. Hand hammered knife (all knives listed in prior posts are all laser cut) http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kaanasgy21.html
Kamo 210 - R2 powdered steel will hold an edge a long time and has a nice deep Damascus pattern http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kar2gy21.html
Yoshimune 210 - Another carbon core, stainless clad, hand hammered, very unique cladding pattern(if they made a 240mm I would own one) http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yo21gy.html

Re: Damascus Gyuto under $200

Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:32 am

taz575 wrote:Tanaka Sekiso hands down :) Great grinds, works well as an all around knife, looks sweet when it's acid etched, too.


+1

I have the 165mm Nakiri, and the 300mm Yanagiba, and I couldn't be more pleased, even right out of the box.

Having said that, I am both an abject noobie, and an amateur kitchen person, but with lots of experience since I'm an old guy.
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