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Looking for a "WOW" knife

Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:53 pm


I'm looking for some suggestions for a knife that leaves the user saying "Wow!". First and foremost I want great slicing capability as that is what I primarily do kitchen wise. I swear I prep sweet potatoes every day for my family. To narrow it down I'm thinking a 240 Gyuto would be a fun addition. I have been eyeing a 240 Akifusa due to the steel and this Kono http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riadhdbykowc.html

If it helps..

I'm a lefty
I know how to sharpen with stones or the EP
I like high end steel
I don't mind carbon
My budget is around $400 right now

Here is my current collection

10V Trailing point
Hiromoto 150mm Utility
Artifex in M390 reground by me to .010 behind the edge
Moritaka Santoku
M390 Chef Knife (ground by a friend and I did the scales)

Thank you in advance :D

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:59 am

i would pick the akifusa over the kono.

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:48 am

My Tanaka Sekiso 240mm gyuto is the best knife I have used so far thru sweet potatoes. It works well on veggies, meats, sweet potatoes, etc. The Fujiyama Konosuke's are supposed to be awesome as well and around your budget range. For sweet potatoes, most people go with either a very thin laser, or a thicker knife with awesome convexing to it. The Tanaka is a thicker blade with really awesome blade grinds. But it has a D handle unless Mark can swap it out for you, or flip it upside down.

Others I have tried:

Kikuichi Elite Carbon 240mm Gyuto
Addict 2 in CPM 154 and 52100
Tojiro Kiritsuke 240mm
Tanaka Blue #2 210mm Kurouchi
Kanetsune AS clad in SS 210mm gyuto (very thin, laser class)
Tanaka Blue #2 Kurouchi Nakiri
Terayasu Fujiwara Nashiji White #1 clad in SS Nakiri
210mm Artifex gyuto
240mm Artifex gyuto
270mm Artifex Suji

There may be others that it beat out and I haven't tried my 300mm White #2 Kono Suji yet :)

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:25 am

I guess I might need a better explanation of how you want to "wow" someone to get a better recommendation.

However, the Akifusa is going to be a good knife.....the Konosuke Addict will be a very nice knife as well. Both will cut very well, with my preference going to the Addict. I like the steel better, I like the profile better, I like the geometry better, and I think it's far sexier.

The Konosuke Fujiyama's will be outstanding knives as well. Usually out of stock though....they're a popular knife. They will be like the Addict in build quality, but the steel is carbon.

Another option, if you're wanting a fancier knife is to find a Kikuichi TKC 240mm gyuto and have a custom handle put on it. (note - not an advertisement for work, I'm not taking on any more work right now) Someone like Taz could put a nice burl wood handle on it and you have about the best knife money can buy.

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:57 pm

Thanks for the suggestions!


I'm looking to purchase a knife that has a fantastic grind and is known for its fit and finish. I like my knives thin but if a thicker blade with an excellent grind works I'm all game. I'm thinking the Ultimatum may fit my specs.


Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:13 pm


Mark mentioned these should be back in stock soon.

I'd get this knife and never look back. Just a fantastic knife.

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:31 am

I should have them today....

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:38 pm

I went to Knifewear in Calgary (where i live) to check out some Japanese knives. If you check their website, you'll see they have some nice knives. I spent maybe 45 min there? The owner had me trying out many different knives(they have cutting boards and fresh vegetables on the display counters, so you can actually try out the knives). After trying out a bunch of different knives (up to ~$700),
at the end of the day only one stood out, the Takeda. It just felt better than anything else, why? I don't know. Weight, balance, finish, look, cutting performance...

I'd say the Takeda is probably a 'wow' japanese knife, and you can't go wrong with Aogami Super.


Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:08 pm

I bought the Kikuichi TKC 240mm gyuto. I'll be sure to let everyone know what I think. I'm sure down the road I'll pick up a few more :)

PS You guys listed a few knives that immediately went on my B-Day/Xmas list haha

Re: Looking for a "WOW" knife

Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:52 pm

Very niiiiice... you will like very much! :D
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