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Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:57 am
My 300mm Konosuke HD suji is the best suji/slicer I've ever used, and quite possibly the best knife I've ever used, full stop. Consider it enthusiastically recommended.
Konosuke's OOTB edge quality is very sharp. Unless the recipient is both familiar with lasers and an expert sharpener the factory edge will probably be the sharpest thing (s)he's yet experienced. However (why is there always a however?), the bevels are narrow and convex, which indicate the angle is obtuse and the edge was probably created on a belt. No doubt, the first, at-home sharpening will change everything.
If you want to make sure that you're gift has the best possible edge, spend the extra few bucks and get Shaun or another one of CKtG's recommended sharpeners to put an appropriate edge on it. Something in the neighborhood of 10* - 12* edge angles, ordinary "V" flat bevels, and about 70/30 symmetry will be effective, durable, and simple (for a moderately skilled sharpener) to maintain.
That's true for any of the knives on your list.
Hope this helps,
Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:17 pm
This is indeed high praise, and I consider it enthusiastically recommended, and will most likely get it then, I will also consider the extra sharpening as you suggest, just to make it really special, but not sure about that. My friend (he) is an ok sharpener, he uses mostly Edge Pro, so a V shaped bevel is probably easiest anyway. Thanks all for your suggestions.
Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:08 pm
Edge Pro sharpening is very cool.
If your friend has an Apex, you might as well specify 15* edge angles to whomever you have sharpen the knife, since that's the angle your friend will almost certainly do himself. He'll get an extremely sharp edge with 15* angles, up to and including "fall through;" but it won't be the hard to control, breathless fall through one can develop on a thin knife with extreme angles and asymmetry. But -- just between you, your friend, and I -- ease of maintenance and a little extra durability are more important than tweaking the last scintilla of sharpness out of an edge.
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