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 Post subject: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:24 pm 

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1. Are you right handed? - right
2. What type of knife are you interested in?.. gyuto
3. What size knife are you looking for? 210 mm
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? - Leaning toward carbon.
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? Either or
6. How much did you want to spend? - $150 or less
7. Do you know how to sharpen? - yes

This will be for home use only. I did graduate a culinary arts school in 91 and cooked line, prep, soups & sauces, catering for some years. But I never got into knives till recently. No longer in that field, just to give a bit of back round.

I'm completely dazzled, and excited with the wide assortment of knives at CKTG. I'm most defiantly leaning toward carbon steels, but if there is a stainless that is highly recommended that could change. I have put a patina on some knives using bubble wrap and mustard or apple cider vinegar, and I like that. I like the rustic look, and or hammered also.

I have these knive in my cart at CKTG all being gyuto 210
Kohetsu blue 2
Zakuri blue 1
Tojiro hammered wa
Kaneshige stainless
Fujiwara carbon
Hiromoto
Yamashin white 1

I'm only getting 1, but these are a few that caught my eye, and I was wondering if there are any others?
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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:36 pm 
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Krav - if you can bump your budget $10, this Anryu Suminagashi 210 is in a different league than all but the Hiromoto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kaankusugy21.html. It's really, really nice.

The only problem with the Hiromoto AS 210, is that it's really short at 42mm at the heel, really short.

I'd recommend the Kohetsu Blue #2 from your list, but again, the Anryu I mentioned is another level up from those on your list - trust me on this ;-). If you're just getting one, up the ante and get the Anryu - just sayin'.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:42 pm 

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I can bump my budget, that is a beautiful knife anryu.

I believe your right, I want a little more than 42 mm at the heel, I mainly use for chopping veggies, for vitamix, lettuce, some meats (always fresh)

Thank you Steve


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:45 pm 
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The Anryu has nicely rounded choice/neck and spine and it's also sharp OOTB.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:00 pm 
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I'm kinda diggin' the 240 Zakuri profile, the weight, the height and the steel....and the movement behind the company.

Looks like a nice, beefy, versatile knife.



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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:08 pm 
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desol - the Zakuri Gyuto profiles are really interesting. They have quite a pronounced belly to the tip 1/3 of the blade - much more so than most traditional Japanese knives. I can see them as being good rockers for people that want to get the knife over taller ingredients, but retain some useful heel area for push cutting.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:41 pm 
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Agreed. I wanna try one....



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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:26 pm 

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That zakuri gyuto reminds me a bit of the shun premier chef/gyuto profile.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:29 pm 

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I just order this, finally

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kaankusugy21.html

Thank you everyone.


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 Post subject: Re: 1st time hunting Japanese knives
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:02 am 

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Congrats!

Please drop a line and let us know what you think.


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