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Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:00 pm

I had posted earlier about choosing a hankotsu and got very good advice but the best advice I got came from chefwatson when he suggested getting a honesuki instead. I really like the looks of the hankotsu but after thinking about it and observing how I cut up chicken I realized that a honesuki is a better choice for me.
I'm right handed, will be doing mostly chicken. I can sharpen and I prefer Japanese style handles but in my price range that isn't an option. I'm not concerned with single or double bevel or stainless. I started with a long list and have spent days cutting it down to these 3 and now I'm stuck. Ready to pull the trigger but can't decide. Opinions appreciated. + and - of each or just the one you hate or love.

Fujiwara FKM Stainless Boning 145mm
Richmond Artifex Honesuki 165mm
Tojiro DP Honesuki Boning Knife 150mm

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkmbo14.html
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riarho16.html
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/todputkn15.html

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:07 pm

Richmond Artifex Honesuki 165mm because of the longer length and AEB-L steel. Just my .02

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:32 pm

Thanks Jeff. I don't know much about steel, what is the advantage of the AEB-L steel?

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:02 pm

Rol - some info from the forums on steels:

compare-aeb-l-vs-vg10-t2295.html?hilit=aeb%20l%20vs%20vg%2010
post22715.html?hilit=aeb%20l%20vs%20vg%2010#p22715

I agree with Jeff B.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:04 pm

AEB-L is stainless, easy to sharpen and takes a great edge. It has good edge retention also. Best steel of the three knives you listed.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:11 pm

Rally? Cool, sounds good, thanks.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:54 pm

I agree. I had a Tojiro DP Honesuki and it was OK, but nothing special. The Artifex Honesuki has much nicer steel and a nice Western handle on it.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:08 pm

Thanks Taz, appreciate the input.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:17 pm

No problem! FYI, they can be converted to a Wa handle, not sure what your budget is though.

Re: Honesuki which would you not choose

Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:36 pm

You mean as part of the purchase? Mark does it? Money is tight but it might be worth it.
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