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Re: OOTB Sharpness

Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:24 pm

I have yet to see one come out of the box yet that the first thing I did to bring it up to my normal level was break out the stones. Usually I try to determine how high I can take it before it becomes a show knife or a kick ass cutter and fortunately some can do both where others if taken to high the edge gets weak fast or it has no tooth to cut. A lot depends on steel but Michiel was rite fujiwaras need stone work as soon as the box is opened. Peace jmbullman

Re: OOTB Sharpness

Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:09 pm

I found a knife I liked the edge on OOTB!! It is a Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto. Push cut paper like it wasn't there, sticks into my cutting board, no burrs or rough spots on the edge!!

Re: OOTB Sharpness

Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:58 pm

taz575 wrote:I found a knife I liked the edge on OOTB!! It is a Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto. Push cut paper like it wasn't there, sticks into my cutting board, no burrs or rough spots on the edge!!


Added the Tanaka gyuto to my short list. Good price for a blue steel knife. Though they don't say if it's B#2 or AS. And I don't like the Ho wood handle (prefer ebony).

Other knives being considered: Kikuichi TKC 240mm, Masamoto VG 240mm and definitely a Sakai Yusuke "special thin" 240mm (ebony handle) when Mark gets them in at the end of next month.

Not sure how sharp Kikuichi TKC/Masamoto VG are OOTB...which doesn't really matter now...since, I plan to have the knives sent to maybe Eamon Burke or Murray Carter to be thinned/sharpened before I receive them.

Re: OOTB Sharpness

Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:04 am

I have a thin 210mm gyuto that is around 1.9mm at the spine at the heel. The Tanaka is almost 3mm at the heel, but is convex ground and has more weight behind it, so it seems to cut slightly better than the thin gyuto! I believe it may be Blue #2; most places will advertise the AS steel since it is a higher end steel. It's also a D shaped handle if that matters. Just get a new handle done for it; I'm shopping for some handle material to redo mine :)
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