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Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:18 pm

I am looking for a knife that will be used for prepping everything from herbs to sweet potatoes. My requirements are the following.

I cook for 2-4 people in general.
I want a knife that is an extension of my hand.
I have fairly large hands.
easy up keep
great edge retention.
something that will last.
I think I would enjoy a wa handle

From everything I've read it seems like Japanese steel is the way to go. I was thinking a 240mm Gyuto.
My price range is $230 and under.
I do not know how to sharpen but am willing to learn.
Recommendations and why would be much appreciated.
Thank you
Tyler

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:22 pm

Hi Tyler,

The Yuki is my go to recommendation in that general price range if you want a good wa-gyuto. This knife has some kind of voodoo hold on me. I love it. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mayugy24.html

There are others and hopefully we'll give you enough different ones to thoroughly confuse and entertain you.

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:39 pm

I would suggest spending part of your budget on a stone or two. The Masakage that Mark recommended is a great knife, but like any will eventually need to be sharpened, and you probably shouldn't practice sharpening on that knife :)

You might be better served with a knife in the ~$150 range with maybe a combo stone too.
A few that come to mind are:

Richmond Addict - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riad52widha.html, http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riad2ae24gym.html
goko damascus - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/goko.html
kanshige - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kast24wa.html
Richmond Artifex
Tojiro DP

Others will have more to say about the knives, but that should give you something to think about.

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:43 pm

Mark,

How does the Masakage Mizu compare to the Yuki you recommended?

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:32 pm

The Yuki has its hooks in me as well mark

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:49 pm

Don't have the Yuki but I have the shimo. Its more expensive but its a gorgeous knife and super sharp ootb.

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:12 pm

The mizu's are ao-ko by katsushige anryu and the yuki Shiro ko by hiroshi Kato.

Mizu's are kuroichi. And the shiro-ko clad

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:36 pm

Thanks Fausto,

How do they compare performance wise?

Mizu uses blue #2 vs white #2 and Mizu is hardened a tad more

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:48 pm

The Yuki will be a touch thinner at the edge and will probably be a slightly better performer than the Mizu, which is no slouch unto itself. Mizu is a very solid performer, albeit no stainless cladding. Edge retention might be a little better on the Mizu. Either are very good knives.

Yes, get a stone or two and start learning to sharpen. It an indispensable part of enjoying these knives to their fullest. You'll never have dull knives again :-).

Re: Please recommend a knife for me.

Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:38 pm

They sound very close in performance and it comes down to aesthetics, preference and the ~20% price difference.

I am leaning towards the Mizu, I like the looks - I have the Anryu hammered 240 so I know he is a very good knife maker.

Any idea when the Mizu 210 will come back in stock?
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