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Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:11 pm

It's not a bad plan by any means. Buy one, use it for a couple of weeks and go from there.

If you don't like the handle, you know to go back to the Western. If you do, you might be surprised how much you like the knife in that price range. :)

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:46 pm

NATHAN <> You could do a Yamashin to try a cheap Wa, but its full carbon and would require carbon-care http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yawh1fu16.html. You could do a stainless Tojiro Wa-DP http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yawh1fu16.html as another Wa-sampler.

There is a semi-active classified section on this forum in which you can sell off any knife you dislike at a variable discount to purchase price. As such, you can earn some money back on anything you don't like. It's sort of common for knife nuts to buy/sell/trade knives looking for what they resonate with...

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:44 pm

The lower cost wa handles won't be up to par with the hiro as quality and may turn you off to the wa handles. If your going to try a wa, try a good one!

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:53 pm

taz575 wrote:The lower cost wa handles won't be up to par with the hiro as quality and may turn you off to the wa handles. If your going to try a wa, try a good one!


+1 Exactly my thought too.

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:02 pm

I completely understand that, and the F&F for the lower price range definitely crossed my mind. Any recommendations? It doesn't seem like there are as many steel core/SS clad choices in the Wa style. Guess I'm nervous about ruining a full carbon knife with my lack of experience.

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:29 pm

I understand what Taz is saying, but even the cheapest wa handled knife will let you know how it feels in comparison to a western. It's a completely different feel.

I wouldn't get overly concerned about a carbon knife's care. Wash, dry, put away....don't leave wet or with food products for extended periods of time.

Try a Tanaka damascus.....you won't be disappointed. :)

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:39 pm

NATHAN <> There are a shiite load of carbon-core laminated Wa-handled JK here:

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:49 pm

A few of those are out of my price range. It seems like not all of those come up under the "Gyuto" or "Wa-Gyuto" menus when surfing the site by knife type. Guess I might have to go in by each maker to find all of them. Guess I have lots more looking and reading to do. lol

Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:10 pm

Those are all the laminated wa-carbons (white & blue).

I realize the price point is outta control on some of them, but I was illustrating options.

side note: The Carter has a really cool cladding style known as Warikomi that conceals the top of the blade unlike the more common san mai awase...
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Re: Looking For My First Real Knife

Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:18 pm

I appreciate the help. Just when I thought I'd settled on a knife, I decided to start seriously looking at the Wa handles and now I'm starting all over again. lol Way more to this than I could have ever imagined.
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