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Deba upgrade

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:38 am

I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a deba in the 180-195mm range. I currently own a Masamoto and it gets the job done but I'm looking to upgrade in the steel and size departments. Single bevel is preferred. Thanks


Re: Deba upgrade

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:39 am

Hi Jonathan,

Are you right handed?
Do you know how to sharpen?
Do you like to rock the knife or push cut primarily?
Do you want a stainless knife?
Do you want to get a western handled knife or Japanese handle?
How much did you want to spend?

Do you mind if I post your question on our forum?
Kind Regards,
Mark Richmond

Re: Deba upgrade

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:40 am

Right handed, japanese handle.
Stainless isn't an issue.
It is used pretty much exclusively for fish butchery so rock/push doesn't really apply.
Looking to stay in the $500 range.
I don't mind if its in the forum.

Also, I'm intrigued by the kiritsukes. Any input or opinions on that style would be appreciated also. Thanks again

Re: Deba upgrade

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:47 am

Sorry for the form email. I get a lot and didn't adjust it to your deba question.

OK, if you want a great upgrade to your current knife I would get this:

Konosukes are really excellent knives, this particular one uses blue #2 steel and the moribashi deba is not as hefty so you can go up in size without the knife feeling like an ax in your hand. It would make a great fish knife and it holds an edge really well.

If you want to stick with a smaller one get the Doi. It's hand made in Sakai and it's an outstanding deba: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/doiblstde18.html
Kajiro Doi is an iconic blacksmith and retired last year. Takayuki stockpiled his knives for years so they still have them in stock for the time being. I hope to meet his son who is in his 60s when I visit his shop in Sakai in mid May this year.

Re: Deba upgrade

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:37 pm

My personal deba is the Tojiro Aogami deba, and it's bad to the bone. Appears to be out of stock at the moment though:


Re: Deba upgrade

Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:59 am

Another good one!! :)

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