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 Post subject: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:33 pm 
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Hello there!

First let me say I love your site! It's such a refreshing format compared to the other knife sites I've used. I'm interested in the Keijiro Doi knives you have available, I know you were sold out for a while and now they are back. It was my understanding that Doi San had retired, do you know if these are made by him or his son? (Or are rumors of his retirement not so true). Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon!



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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:37 pm 
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Hi Phillip,

In Sakai, the different processes are carried out by a group of small shops. Doi only did 1 part of the process which was the forging of the knife. Then, Takayuki sent the blades to a grinder who sharpens the knife then it is sent to Takayuki for engraving, handle installation and boxing them up.

Doi retired a couple years ago and Takayuki had over 2 decades of production that they stockpiled so they still have inventory for the time being. I only order a couple of each sku at a time and then order more as I need them. They will run out but they have not yet.



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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:51 pm 
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One more quick question; I've been using a Doi 'Hayate' yanagi and kiritsuke for a few years now (they were gifts, I think they came from Korin), are there any significant differences in the Doi knives that you carry? I'm trying to pick out a new 330mm yanagi
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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:52 pm 
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Yes the sharpener could be different (I don't know).

The handle may be different.

The price is way different. My competitor seems to really jack up the prices on these for some unknown reason.



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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:21 pm 

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I would love to have one of his yanagiba, but I chickened out and bought a Tanaka.


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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:00 am 
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They're really nice but I prefer the Shiraki yanagis better. This guy is batman of the knife world.



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 Post subject: Re: Keijiro Doi
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:23 pm 
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chefknivestogo wrote:.....are there any significant differences in the Doi knives that you carry?


Significant, no.

Differences, yes. Primarily the differences are cosmetic. The only real non-cosmetic difference is that the knives are just perfectly finished. The blade road is perfect, the back is perfect....etc.



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