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 Post subject: Kikuichi Differences
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:12 pm 

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Hi. Can someone tell me the difference between these two knives? The Damascus, I think, is clad in stainless. What would the stain resistance be on the Damascus, and would the Damascus hold up to use or would it fade/patina like some other Damascus knives?
Also, in your opinion, which do you think is the “better” quality knife?
Thanks for your help, I appreciate it.

Kikuichi Performance TKC
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tkcsujihiki240.html

Kikuichi Warikoma Damascus
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kitshadasu24.html


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 Post subject: Re: Kikuichi Differences
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:12 pm 
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RAIB <> The Warikomi Damascus is fully stainless. It has a hard stainless core & soft stainless cladding. As it is fully stainless, it will not develop a noticeable patina.

side note: warikomi is a style of cladding whereas the spine is covered in cladding material. Unlike the san-mai style, whereas the core is exposed at the spine & cutting edge, as well.


In regards to quality, you're paying the extra $50 for the hammered finish which is functionally useless, and the fully stainless steel. The TKC is a semi-stainless in which I have not used, but the consensus is - its a great steel. By virtue of being semi-stainless, all things being equal - you can assume it is most likely capable of taking a better edge & retaining it better than its fully stainless VG-5 or 10 counterpart... at the expense of corrosion resistance.

I'd go TKC, hands-down.



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 Post subject: Re: Kikuichi Differences
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:18 pm 
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The TKC is a better knife if you're after performance. Better steel = easier to sharpen, holds an edge better, hold a thinner edge...etc.

The Damascus cladding will not wear off.



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 Post subject: Re: Kikuichi Differences
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:46 pm 

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Was picturing in my mind what a really nice black burl custom handle would look like on the Warikomi Damascus sujihiki or gyuto. It's a future purchase anyway, so I'll keep perusing the offerings. Any ideas?
Thanks for the replies, gentlemen, I appreciate it.


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