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 Post subject: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:56 pm 
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Mark,

Looking for a gyuto about 210mm long.

Thanks for the reply, here are the answers:
> Are you right handed? Yes
> Do you know how to sharpen? Kind of although I could probably improve and when I get this knife will also want to get a sharpener since I use a stone at the moment that is really only suitable for small knives. ( advice on what sharpener would be great too!)
> Do you like to rock the knife or push cut primarily? Rock when the item is not to high, otherwise push.
> Do you want a stainless knife? I don't mind. I would rather have better quality/ cutting performance. I assume the option is carbon, is it a lot more hassle? Is it a lot better?
> Do you want to get a western handled knife or Japanese handle? Western handle but Japanese blade hardness/ quality.
> How much did you want to spend? (about $150 or less) ideally less but 150 is fine. I happy to spend extra if the increase in quality/ performance is worth the extra.


Thanks again for your help.



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:00 pm 
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There are lots of good ones in this price range.

Try the Hiromoto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/higy21.html



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:26 pm 
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For a stone, get this one:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/bester1200.html

or this one:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nubatamaume1k1.html

The Ume is worth the extra cost....but the Bester is still a great stone.

Carbon isn't much more of a hassle if you're already decent with the knife. You need to keep it reasonably free of moisture and/or food products. A quick rinse and wipe down will cover it.

In addition to the Hiromoto AS that Mark linked to, there are other great choices:

A full carbon blade like the Misono Swedish is a great knife:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/misono3.html

The Masazumi is a less expensive alternate to that:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/masazumi3.html

The Misono is a little nicer though.



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:17 pm 
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Mark,

Hi, sorry for even more questions but I have had s bit if a research into sharpening. It seems like the way I was sharpening knives is wrong. I had used a steel which I then found out was simply honing. I then got a DC4 diamond/ceramic whetstone which Zi now realise is nothing like the water stones that Adam suggested. It seems like water stones are the best method. However, this is my question. Since I will only have one knife that is truly good quality is it worth me buying a whetstone and holder ( from what I have found out, it seems like you need a holder of some sort??) it is there an alternative that would also be suitable for the sort of knives I'm considering?

Thanks again,

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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Once you get a stone or two you will be able to sharpen all your knives with them.



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:27 pm 
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You don't have to have a holder to use a stone. You can start out just putting the stone on a damp rag or paper towel on your counter.



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
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I agree with Jeff. They're not necessary. It's a small convenience but a damp dish towel will work too.



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 Post subject: Re: I want a knife. What should I get?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:23 pm 
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A damp dish towel, or some of the anti-slip cupboard stuff:

http://www.amazon.com/Shelf-Drawer-Line ... B000KFSOF8

You can find it at Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

Cut some, put it on a cut 2x4 you also got at Home Depot and for $5.00, you have a universal stone holder. :)



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