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 Post subject: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 2:41 pm 
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Hello CKTG

Im looking at the following knives....

Yamashin white#1 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yamashinknives.html
Tojiro ITK http://www.chefknivestogo.com/toitkshse.html
Kajihara karaouchi (blue#2) http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kaku.html
Tanaka karaouchi (Blue#2) http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tanakakurouchi.html
Murata buho http://www.chefknivestogo.com/murata.html
zakuri http://www.chefknivestogo.com/zakuriknives.html

Im new to carbon knives and these are all in my price range. I understand the level of care and maintenance required, and being a professional chef im not just looking to try out a carbon knife but also looking for a certain level of quality and workmanship.

Based on the following points, could you possibly guide me in the right direction (with regards to witch brand i should choose)

Good edge retention
relatively thin behind the edge (dont want any wedging)
50/50 bevel (if possible)
overall quality for the price.

Im from south africa and will be shipping to a family member in the USA.

Kind regards
Richard



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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 2:42 pm 
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The big question is what type of knife size and shape do you want? I like some knives better in some styles over others and vice versa.



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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:42 pm 

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http://www.chefknivestogo.com/konosuke8.html

Just my opinion but you should take a look at the kono Fujiyama series. I have the white #2 and its a great knife. I've only used it to slice and dice tomatoes.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:45 pm 

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Well I like a santoku. However I would like to try a funayuki. When it comes to a guyoto 8inch is my preference. Having said that the kiriksuke (excuse the spelling) from the itk line looked great for some veg prep. So basically a gyouto a santoku and a veg prep knife like nakiri. Or anything similar. Also a nice 150 - 180ml petty.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:47 pm 

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Thanks stevon. The konosuke is a awsome knife just a bit over budget, unfortunately.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:15 pm 

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Of those listed I have only used the Tojiro ITK 150mm petty and the Tanaka KU nakiri. IMHO, the tanaka is the higher quality knife. I find the finish to be more attractive and durable, the cladding less reactive, the grind to be thinner and more consistent, and I really like blue #2 steel in general (though white steels are not far behind). Can't speak to the others though...


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 8:25 pm 

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Thanks cederhouse. Yea I must say I got that impression from watching a few vids on both knives. Thanks for your post.


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 1:20 pm 

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mark???


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 2:10 pm 
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My vote is for the Murata funayuki. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mufu16.html

They're really good knives and one of the best bang for the buck carbon steel knives we have on the site.



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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose a carbon knife.
PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 2:40 pm 

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And the edge on the murata? 50\50?


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