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Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:00 pm

Hi Mark
I purchased a few things from you in the past, and I need/want to purchase a couple of things more. Living in the UK I found out that delivery costs plus customs plus VAT make the whole exercise rather more expensive than it should be. I will be in the US in about 3 weeks time for one week, so my question is, will you deliver to a hotel ?

I'm in the market for a long slicer/carving knife/sujihiki (270-300 prefer the longer but not crucial), to be given as a gift, has to be 50/50 bevel.
I was looking at the following

Konosuke HD 300 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kohd30wa.html at $366

Takeda Yanagiba 275 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tayaasdoed27.html at $370 (I got a Takeda from you and it's fabulous)

Masakage Koishi http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mako30su.html at $399, there is also a 270 version. There isn't one single review on any of the Masakage knives, so don't know what people think of it, from the look and description seems similar to Takeda ?

Moritaka Damascus http://www.chefknivestogo.com/moritakyanagi.html which looks nice and has a nice discount (is this 50/50 ?)

Suisin Inox 270 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/suinhowa27.html at $445, probably somewhat above my budget

and there are many more , like
Sugimoto http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sugimoto- ... i-270.html
and others.

Of those above, the one that 'attracts' me is the Konosuke, but there is much choice, which would you recommend at this price range (or lower ?) ? The intended use is mostly for meat, roasts etc, but probably also for more general cooking.

Regards
Eran

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:01 pm

Hi Eran,

Your attraction to the Konosuke HD 300mm Suji is well placed. That would be my choice out of the group especially if you already own a Takeda. I think it's way more interesting to try different makers than to stay withing the same brand. You learn more about knives this way. Get the Kono.

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:12 pm

Of those you listed, I've not tried the Masakage.

Of those I have tried, the Kono HD and the Takeda would be my two favorites. To me, it's more a question of carbon KU version stainless as they're both freaking fantastic knives.

I'm with Mark in that I would recommend the Kono over the Takeda since you already have one....if it were for you. But since it's for a friend, I don't think that matters as much. I don't think I could give you a push to one or the other....both absolutely wonderful. :) Flip a coin.

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:18 pm

Thanks. So I'm leaning towards the konosuke (or will flip a coin..). I would like to hear an opinion from some about the Masakage if someone has used these knives before ? There seems to be very little information or reviews about them.

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:28 pm

I haven't used a Masakage Sujihiki yet, but from what I can tell of their other knives, it's going to feel very much like your Takeda, only thinner.

You can't go wrong with a Kono suji, and if you want something even thinner and lighter than that, check out a Suisin Inox Honyaki... paper thin blade, but I like the HD steel a little better.

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:38 pm

Thanks, so I guess a Kono sujihiki it is then, I don't want buy something too thin.
Do Konosuke knives come very sharp out of the box, or should I have it sharpened before giving it away ?

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:44 pm

Define "very" and I'll answer that. :)

They come as most factory knives do....sharp, but could certainly be improved. I'm nuts though and no edge is acceptable unless I can Marty McFly the space time continuum.

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:56 pm

Adam Marr wrote:I'm nuts though and no edge is acceptable unless I can Marty McFly the space time continuum.


He's not kidding, I've seen him do it!

You'll like the OOTB edge, it's plenty sharp. :)

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:45 pm

I suppose that as long as it's possible to wave it and split a mosquito in mid air it's good enough for me ..

Re: Looking for a good sujihiki

Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:06 am

I was very impressed with the OOTB edge of my Kono HD... I was not expecting it to be as sharp as it was... However, I was even more surprised how well and easy it took an edge... Kono HD's... where have you been all my life..
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