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Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 4:03 pm

Yeah, I've only ever seen the micarta one's and I believe that's the current material.

Whether its paper or linen, I don't know.

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 4:07 pm

This was the response I got from Mark himself.

Version 1 was pakka wood
Version 2 was micarta
Version 3 is currently G-10

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 4:13 pm

Oh, so they did switch to G10. My apologies...I had heard they were thinking about switching, but didn't know it went through.

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 5:07 pm

I'm glad that it's G-10 now. I'm still stuck at making the decision to purchase, still now sure which size to get.

I did just order a Tojiro DP in 240mm from Japan to test out how I like the 240mm, It was a good deal and shipping was cheap and faster than if I get something from the US as Japan is nearer. My brother is willing to take it if I don't like the size. Best course of action I could think of, I hope I like it.

By the way, how would the tojiro compare to the artifex?

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 6:21 pm

The Tojiro will feel heavier and clunkier than the Artifex. It will feel more heavy duty, where the artifex will feel a bit more nimble.

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 17, 2013 7:09 pm

The handle is more substantial. It has a bolster in the handle construction. It is clad steel. It will be slightly thinner at the edge OOTB than the Artifex.

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 24, 2013 7:53 am

Okay I just got the Tojiro DP 240mm last monday and this thing is huge and heavy. I feel clumsy using the knife not having a lot of control especially when using the tip, now I'm not sure about the size. I put on a 26 inclusive edge and it cut's like nothing I've ever handled. CKTG shows that the Artifex 210mm is their top seller and that's something for me to consider, I was hoping the 1inch+ wasn't substantial but now that I've held a 240mm it just feels way off. I'll continue to use it and hope to adjust. Hope I don't injure myself in the process.. :(

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 24, 2013 8:33 am

RJ <> Relax... the only thing stopping the acclimation is your mindset. You will get used to the 240, and you will wonder why you ever wasted your time w/a 210. It will happen... believe it.

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 24, 2013 4:41 pm

Haha! I think it's the weight the bothers me more. This thing weighs more than double what I'm used to. Maybe I just need to try a lighter 240mm :)

Re: good starter knife?

Fri May 24, 2013 4:42 pm

Did you get the Western Deba 240 or the DP Gyuto 240mm? The Western Deba is VERY heavy!
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