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Goko 240 Gyuto Vs. Wearever Pro Carbon

Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:35 pm

I just got a chance to use my Goko White steel Gyuto tonight. I made a stir fry using peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli. Boneless pork was used for the protein.
I did a side by side comparison using both the Goko, and my 10 inch Wearever Professional chefs knife cutting equal portions of vegetables and protein.
My Wearever Pro has a 2K edge on it, and is a great cutter. Very thin edge, and a severe distal taper on the top line. The edge is maintained with an Idahone rod, and occasional stropping. I have not had to sharpen it since I did the initial sharpening when I bought it.

All the reviews are raving about the Goko with it's finely polished 5 or 8 K edge.
Well like I said, I cut everything with both of them. They both weigh the same, and quite frankly they both cut the same. I saw no significant difference or having to use less effort with the Goko. This is not a criticism, the Goko performs well, but so does my Wearever Pro.

I am sure given the quality of the steel, that the Goko can improve. I used the Goko with the out of the box edge.
I am posting this review in the sharpening forum and asking for some advice on how to proceed to improve the Goko's performance.

Re: Goko 240 Gyuto Vs. Wearever Pro Carbon

Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:10 pm

If the Wearever Pro is quality carbon steel with a good grind, it is not surprising that it can keep pace with the Goko. What makes J-knives unique, is the absence of similar product in the western market outside of custom/semi-custom makers.

To maximize performance, it would be helpful to know your sharpening routine and what kind of kit you are using.

Re: Goko 240 Gyuto Vs. Wearever Pro Carbon

Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:34 pm

The Wearever was sharpened on a belt sander using 600, 800, and 1000 grit belts. Then the edge was finished with a diamond micron finishing belt.
The edge was then stropped on a 2K Shapton, then on balsa and leather. I hone the edge periodically with an Idahone rod.

The Goko I used it with the OOTB edge.
I have a 400K latte stone, 1000, and 2000 Shaptons, a Nubitama 5K, and a Shapton 8K.
I also have DMT combo diamond stones in Fine and Extra Fine, that I use for touch ups.
I also have balsa and leather strops, and I have some boron carbide paste.
I just ordered some 1 micron diamond spray from Mark.

Looking for advice on how to improve the performance of the Goko. It has better steel, so I should be able to improve it's edge.
Bob Rossi

Re: Goko 240 Gyuto Vs. Wearever Pro Carbon

Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:07 pm

If you decide you don't like the Goko I'll give you $50 for it. :mrgreen:
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