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 Post subject: Narrowing down starter Carbon Knife
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:58 pm 

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Hello all,
I posted here earlier, receiving tons of good feedback, and I've narrowed down my choice to a left hand-friendly carbon gyuto. Price range is still 100-150 with 200 USD being super maxed out. The knives I'm currently looking at are-

Yamashin- http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yawh1gy24.html
Moritaka- http://www.chefknivestogo.com/moao2gy24.html
Masakage- http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mamigy24.html

I'm leaning towards the Yamashin & Moritaka, but any input would be greatly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Narrowing down starter Carbon Knife
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:50 pm 
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The Yamashin is a good value knife.

The Moritaka is typically a very good knife.

Never seen that Masakage, but from other wares of theirs I have seen, is sure to be a very good knife as well.

However, none of them are what I would recommend for a starter carbon.

All of these are clad in a very rust prone cladding (likely iron).

Something made of solid carbon like the Fujiwara FKH series:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkhse.html

Is a better introduction to carbon IMHO.



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 Post subject: Re: Narrowing down starter Carbon Knife
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:05 pm 
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Adam,

Send me a wish list of stuff you want to check out and I'll bring it down to Chicago with me.

The Yuki would be a really good starter carbon steel knife to try. It's stainless clad with a really cool sand blast Nashiji (pear skin) finish and the white #2 is a great steel for kitchen knives. Easy to sharpen, takes a great edge and holds it better than the stuff that is a step below like SK-5.



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 Post subject: Re: Narrowing down starter Carbon Knife
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:28 pm 
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Yeah, a stainless clad carbon is certainly a great introduction to carbon as well. I assumed he wanted a full carbon for the patina effect. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Narrowing down starter Carbon Knife
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:12 am 

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The Yuki would be a little over your $200 price range and is clad. It doesn't state in the info on the knives you linked that they are clad, at least not that I saw, but I would listen to Adam since he has probably handled many of those knives. It's good information to have, I am also looking for a step into carbon to give it a try and was looking at many of the same knives as you.


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