It is currently Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:09 am

All times are UTC



Welcome
Welcome to chefknivestogo

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other special features. In addition, registered members also see less advertisements. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free, so please, join our community today!





 Page 1 of 1 [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:35 pm 
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:18 pm
Posts: 6536
So, this last Saturday I spent the entire day with Kosuke who was nice enough to fly into Madison and meet with me. I dragged him to our farmers market, drove out to meet Isaiah at his shop and sampled some new stuff that he brought. I took him to my favorite sushi place (Muramoto) and then took him out for beer and pizza for dinner. I think I fattened him up a bit. :)

Here's a few things we talked about.

We're going to offer the corian handles on the western HD again. We can do white again but they have lots of different colors and styles to choose from. I'll get some samples and show them when they arrive. I kind of like the speckeled ones that have flecks of contrasting colors in them better than just straight white. I showed him the polymer handles and the custom ones Adam and Matt and some of you other guys are doing and he was blown away.

Also, we are going to do a whole line of Ginsan stainless steel knives with the hybrid western handles. My first order will include:

150 pettys
210 pettys
210 gyutos
240 gyutos
270 gyutos
180 nakiris

All of these will be done with a satin finish and we're getting a good price on them so they should be competitive.

Kosuke is 33 years old, has a wife and 2 daughters and his father is the owner of Kaneshige cutlery. Kosuke started the Konosuke brand to offer high quality hand made knives from Sakai City craftsmen and his brand is really taking off with our customers big time. Our only problem is supply. We're getting in weekly orders but as you guys can tell from how many knives are constantly out of stock we are selling them faster than they're coming in. He's has some exciting projects coming later this year with a few new blacksmiths. We also may be getting some unique show pieces from him to sell as drop ship items along with some sizes that we would never normally carry like big debas or extra long yanagis.

I've been invited to Japan by a bunch of suppliers and it's time for me to take the plunge. Kosuke offered to host me in Sakai, take me around to meet their blacksmiths and sharpeners and also travel to Kyoto. I told him I'm doing it so I'll try and plan a trip in the spring. Looking forward to meeting Sada Imanishi in Kyoto and the crew at Naniwa too.



_________________
Mark Richmond
Chefknivestogo

Richmond Laser
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:10 pm 
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:36 pm
Posts: 2503
Lucky cheesehead!! :)



_________________
Adam

Image
http://marrknives.com
http://facebook.com/marrknives
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:29 pm 

Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:49 pm
Posts: 215
Can I go to Mark :) I've been a good knife nut.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:54 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:55 pm
Posts: 473
That is a great opportunity! It happens to few people, you are a fortunate man.



_________________
Eamon Burke
http://burkecutlery.com
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:57 pm 
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:34 pm
Posts: 1212
aaronsgibson wrote:Can I go to Mark :) I've been a good knife nut.


I was thinkin' the same thing..... :ugeek:



_________________
Shaun Fernandez

With great sharpness comes great responsibility.
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:44 am 
Forum Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 16, 2012 4:42 pm
Posts: 2873
Location: USA... mostly.
Kudos to all involved! 8-)



_________________
Embracing the silence amid a life and land full of static...
Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:54 pm 

Joined: Tue May 29, 2012 8:28 pm
Posts: 17
First time to Japan after years of selling so many of their knives? Wow, that'll be a great trip.


Offline
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Meeting with Konosuke
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:01 am 
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 24, 2012 1:37 am
Posts: 47
Konosuke can definitely count me as one of their fans, absolutely fantastic knives!


I really hope that as they grow they are able to maintain the same quality at the same prices!


Offline
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
 Page 1 of 1 [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

cron

suspicion-preferred