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gift recommendation

Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:09 pm

I'd like recommendations for a knife in the $200 range as a gift to a friend who likes knives, but I am unsure of his skill levels/understanding of carbon vs stainless, etc. I am thinking of a small Gyuto or utility/multi-purpose knife like a Bunka. Grind should be 50/50 and handle ambidextrous. Should be very sharp ootb; hand made and artful would be appreciated.

One item that seems to fit the bill is the Masakage Yuki 210 gyuto, although the Masakage Shimo Bunka is a knife with a little more style.

My friend will be visiting soon from the Middle-east and will be returning there for his work - so it needs to be something in stock. I'd like something he and his wife can use but can also appreciate the craftsmanship behind it.

Thoughts appreciated!

Re: gift recommendation

Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:24 am

WJO - What about the Masakage Yuki Bunka? The Yuki 210 would be awesome as well - it's probably a more versatile tool than the Bunka, but lots of people like Santoku's and the Bunka has a kind of Santoku with attitude look to it. Women seem to really like Santoku's for some reason (at least the women I know).

The Shimo is a great line, but they're all carbon and could be a maintenance issue vs. the Yuki with only the core steel being carbon. I would to with a Yuki from a maintenance perspective. They will still need to take care of the carbon steel at the edge, but I haven't found it to be a big deal in home use of the Yuki. Just wipe your knife after cutting product and keep it dry - don't let it sit with food or moisture on the blade and you'll be fine.

Re: gift recommendation

Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:20 pm

I love the Yuki bunka. The whole line is excellent.

Re: gift recommendation

Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:22 pm

Thanks for the thoughts. Any other brands you might suggest in the same price range ($200 +-)? I'm pretty open to ideas.
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