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Re: First Gyuto

Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:23 am

I bought the Kikuichi last night when I got home from work!

I should have just ordered them both together, but now it feels like I have something to look forward to, twice.

I'm looking forward to figuring out how to take care of the Takeda. One of the guys I work with used mustard and bubble wrap to put a patina on his carbon knife. I'm not sure if there are any do's and don'ts. I am probably going to be reading everything I can find to learn the right way to take care of it. I have a ceramic honing rod, but I'm not sure if I should even use that.

Any input, or a good place to start reading would be appreciated.

Re: First Gyuto

Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:08 am

http://www.chefknivestogoforum.com/patina-pictures-t1910.html

Re: First Gyuto

Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:01 pm

If you bought the Kikuichi TKC as I think you did, along with the Takeda.....you, well I wouldn't anyway, wouldn't want to force a patina on either of those.

The TKC won't really patina like a true carbon....it'll only develop some dull gray spots maybe.

The KU cladding on the Takeda would really prevent a patina from being forced.

As for care of the Takeda:

Wash and dry soon after service.

Don't use a ceramic honing rod like a bat.....if you use it at all, use it gently with little to no lateral pressure against the edge.

Learn to sharpen.

Avoid lateral pressure of any kind against the edge. No scraping the board with the edge, no prying of any kind (this includes breaking down chickens), etc.

Re: First Gyuto

Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:57 am

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE TAKEDA! The biggest problem now is figuring out which stones to buy, and that I am probably going to have to spend another few hundred dollars to get a petty knife, and the Banno Bunka. I am very happy with this knife.

The weirdest part of showing off the knife to my coworkers was that almost everyone of them checked out the knife really thoroughly and then complimented the heart stamped on the blade. I cut everything I could today, and it made me smile every time I used it.

Any input on a good set of stones, or what I should ideally have, would be appreciated.

Re: First Gyuto

Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:43 pm

Any of the stones Mark sells are all really great! There are many posts in the sharpening section that delve into answering this question, but the sets Mark has put together is a great place to start. Just don't forget to get a stone holder (unless you want to mock one up) and something to flatten your stones.

If you don't get your knives too dull, then you can skip the low grit stones, so from a budget perspective this set may be a good choice (I have never used these stones):
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html

Here is a holder and diamond plate that can be used for flattening:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/xxcdiplandun.html

For $10 more you can get the same setup but also with some strops:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/stsetwiunhob.html

If you are okay with spending some more money than this would be a really nice set (I have all three of these stones):
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcset.html

Re: First Gyuto

Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:06 am

BadBoy wrote:Any of the stones Mark sells are all really great! There are many posts in the sharpening section that delve into answering this question, but the sets Mark has put together is a great place to start. Just don't forget to get a stone holder (unless you want to mock one up) and something to flatten your stones.

If you don't get your knives too dull, then you can skip the low grit stones, so from a budget perspective this set may be a good choice (I have never used these stones):
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/4pcshstset.html --> I love this set!

Here is a holder and diamond plate that can be used for flattening:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/xxcdiplandun.html

For $10 more you can get the same setup but also with some strops:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/stsetwiunhob.html-->Reccomend this too.

If you are okay with spending some more money than this would be a really nice set (I have all three of these stones):
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcset.html
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