Hi and thank you in advance for helping me better understand the Doi knives and as a result J knives in general better.
I did not want to hijack the 240mm-270mm Yanagiba Recommendation thread but would like some additional information on the Doi Yanagibas.
I have considered buying one of Keijiro Doi knives since I read he retired. Knowing he was a pioneer in blue steel, it only makes sense to get one forged in blue steel. I would prefer a longer knife so I am looking more at the 300mm unless there is a significant reason to get the 330mm. Is bigger better, opinions are welcome. For the record, this is going to be used, but this purchase is more for the historical significance then to fill a cutting need.
The website does not list all the specifications for both of his 300mm blue Yanagiba knives, the ebony information is there but not for the mirror.
So my questions are focused on the differences between these two knives, are the specifications for the mirror knife the same as the ebony knife? Is the only difference the handle? Upgraded implies the handles were special ordered or changed after being received by CKTG. Which way did it happen, upgrades here in the states or ordered and delivered with the ebony handles from Doi?
Can we tell or does CKTG know what year the blades were forged for the knives currently in inventory? Masakage's come wrapped with a newspaper from the day they were finished.
What handle material is the mirror knife made of? The ferrule?
What is the ferrule on the Ebony knife, I am assuming buffalo but do not want to assume and be that guy?
Assuming the finish on the ebony knife is not mirror, what is it?
Are they clad? If so with what?
Any other useful information would be most appreciated.
I know this is a lot of questions and again want to thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge.
Links to the knives follow.
Keijiro Doi Blue Steel Yanagiba Mirror 300mm - $430 on sale http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kedoiblstyas.html
Doi Blue Steel Yanagi 300mm Ebony - $450 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/doiblstya30e.html
blade length: 287mm
total length: 445mm
spine thickness at base: 4.44mm
blade height at base: 33.71mm