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 Post subject: Good, low priced yanagiba
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:24 pm 
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Hi,

I have started to cut more and more sushi at home and was looking for a dedicated knife for that purpose. I know some people say that yanagi quality starts at around 300, but I am a student and was hoping for something around $100 if possible.

My workhorse is a Tojiro DP and I noticed the Tojiro shirogami yanagi in my price range. However, I am also wary about buying things that I will "grow out of." I have also never sharpened a single bevel, so I would like something that strikes a good middle ground between quality and not being so worried as to ruin a more expensive knife.

What are your thoughts on the Tojiro? There is also a Tojiro stainless yanagi. Do you have thoughts on that? I've seen Yoshihiro's go for slightly more than the tojiro, but is the additional price worth it? I don't need the best, but I don't want to make temporary purchases. Thanks for taking all my questions.

-Ryan



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 Post subject: Re: Good, low priced yanagiba
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 4:28 pm 
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Hi Ryan,

The Tojiros are ok for their price but for a little more you can get a better blade.

I recommend you try the Saji Ginsan 240mm yanagi. It's fully stainless and hand made by a very talented blacksmith and not that much more than the Tojiro. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tasa24yaho.html



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 Post subject: Re: Good, low priced yanagiba
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I wrote about both the shirogami and the stainless. Do you have any thoughts between the two?



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 Post subject: Re: Good, low priced yanagiba
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 5:41 pm 
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Shirogami: Easy to sharpen. Rusts. More popular with Japanese pro cooks.
Stainless: Depends on the stainless steel. It's more convenient and more popular with US cooks. Sharpening ease depends on the steel used and the heat treatment.



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