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Re: Japanese knife wanted. Here are my answers.

Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:49 pm

IMHO, get an inexpensive carbon knife like a Fujiwara, and a couple of stones or a combo stone.
Don't buy another knife for a year.
Use the Fujiwara and learn to sharpen. Sharpen it into a suji.
Then, when you're confident in your sharpening skills, spring for a really nice knife.

I wish I had done it this way.

Re: Japanese knife wanted. Here are my answers.

Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:20 am

I'm sorry but I have to disagree with pdx. Don't waste your money on a knife that will be replaced by something better within a year. Learning to sharpen is very important but I'm sure that you have beater knives around the house to practice with. The first knife I bought cost $200 and I'm glad I started there. I didn't throw $100 at a knife that wouldn't get used after I started buying high end. Use that $100 on good stones and practice your sharpening with what ever you have around the house right now until your comfortable enough to do a higher end knife.

Re: Japanese knife wanted. Here are my answers.

Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:49 am

Jeff B wrote:I'm sorry but I have to disagree with pdx. Don't waste your money on a knife that will be replaced by something better within a year. Learning to sharpen is very important but I'm sure that you have beater knives around the house to practice with. The first knife I bought cost $200 and I'm glad I started there. I didn't throw $100 at a knife that wouldn't get used after I started buying high end. Use that $100 on good stones and practice your sharpening with what ever you have around the house right now until your comfortable enough to do a higher end knife.



+1 (get a TKC, lol)

Re: Japanese knife wanted. Here are my answers.

Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:57 pm

I agree with Jeff and Dan.

Unless you have a need and or desire for a beater knife, do not waste money buying something you will not use long term. You will never go wrong with good stones.

Mike
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