First of all I would like to thank everybody who helped me with my choice and Mark with Susan for great service!
I ordered knives on April 30th and the parcel was at the post office on the 6th of May – Dubai that is. I actually thought it would take up to 2 weeks.
I've just came back from my business trip and picked up my knives today.
These are for my mother:
Masakage Yuki – Petty and Gyuto 210
Masakage Kiri Santoku
These are for myself:
Takamura Migaki R2 Santoku
Takeda Classic Sasanoha.
Bellow I will post some pictures, hopefully a link to my video with short OOTB sharpness test and my first impressions.
Disclaimer – I am not a professional chief, I do not have wast experience in cooking and knives, my experience with Japanese knives is limited to few months of Global knives usage. All my thoughts which you'll find bellow are based on first impression and are subject to change with further usage.
1. Packaging was great. I actually cut myself while opening Global knives – they use these horrible plastic zip ties which I had to cut with my pocket knife and it was so hart to cut that my hand slipped and the knife which I was trying to un-box cut through the carton right into my finger – they do come sharp as well. These knives have very nice boxes with no struggle to get them out of it.
2. Finish. I was worried that hand made knives would have issues with quality control – this is absolutely not the case. The fit and finish on each knife is great. There is nothing more to say. I could find something that was not perfect, but this would defeat the very point on having a handmade item, which is perfect in its imperfection.
3. OOTB sharpness. All the knives came very sharp. I've got no idea how Mark manages to grade these knives' sharpness – for me they are equally sharp. However there are some small issue you may want to pay attention to.
Takamura – was the easiest to slice with – it has thin profile and almost no friction on the blade.
Kiri was second
And Yuki with Taketa had the most friction due to their finish on the blade. However these are probably better with keeping product from adhering to the knives.
I also cut some carrot with Takeda and the cut surface was smooth as glass.
4. Size. As you may see from the photos – Yuki Gyuto and Takeda Sasanoha – are approximately of the same size and shape. I struggle to distinct a difference between Gyuto and Sasanoha – to me they are the same. I think that for me 210 – is probably as large as I would ever need. Though I have not tried 240 yet.
Feel free to ask any questions you have.
You can also contribute to my stone selection thread:post59894.html#p59894
Video is here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXUZVvNQ ... e=youtu.be