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 Post subject: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:30 am 

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I'm looking for a Gyuto with a Wa handle. I heard the Wa handles are good because they are light and the cog of the knife is at the belly. i already have a Tojiro DP 240 Gyuto for work, but looking to sell it and get a Wa. Any suggestions? I'd like something stainless/semi, 210-240mm, and under $120. It'll be for heavy prep work so I don't care about it getting banged up. Also any tips for sharpening? I don't have time to mess with stones. Maybe use a diamond and ceramic rod, which I have.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:18 am 

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http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kast24wa.html

But if you want to spend a little more and some thing pretty sweet looking

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/satadagy240.html

Aeb-l is awesome in a professional kitchen, stays sharp with ceramic rod


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:24 am 

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Thanks, what about the Richmond 240 Artifex Wa? Te price is sweet but I'm afraid of the shape, looks a little short...more like a slicer. Anyone have experience with it?


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:47 am 
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JAWAII <> 45.5mm is on the short side for a 243mm edge, but not quite Sujihiki short. My Masamoto KS Gyuto is 250mm on the edge & only 46.5mm tall.
The Takeda 240 Sasanoha is 46mm tall so it's not incredibly uncommon. Knife is made w/Fujijwara FKM steel. Sorry don't have much more for ya...



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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:51 am 

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Richmond artifex is awesome once you sharpen it yourself . It's light and balanced. I had that knife for awhile until I upgraded to Richmond laser,( out of the box this knife is amazing) , which blows the artifex away . But like I said to get the most out of the artifex you are going to have to sharpen it real nice. The artifex helped me learn to sharpen my knives and appreciate sharpening my own knives and keeping them sharp at work. I work in a production kitchen and do a lot of chopping..


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:55 am 

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Oh what I was talking about the western handle made with the Aeb-l steel. I forgot about that Wa handle artifex, it does seem to be vertically challenged


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:42 pm 
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Our next batch of Artifex wa gyutos are going to be taller. We made a modification to the height to give it more of a traditional gyuto shape. We should start getting them soon. I'll most likely offer them both until we run out of the short ones (some people like them short).



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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
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I really like the kaneshige in your price range BTW. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kast24wa.html



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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an Affordable Wa Gyuto for work
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:00 am 

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Wow, that Damascus with AebL looks dang sweet! I wouldn't mind paying more to get it. But I just am unfortunately looking for a work knife to bang around, I think I'd be too careful with that puppy.

Any ETAs on the new taller Richmond Wa Artifex? I'm not in a rush so I could wait. Otherwise the Kaneshige looks pretty good.

What would be better, the Artifex Wa or Kaneshige?


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