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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:43 pm 

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chefknivestogo wrote:What do you guys think about me picking up Itou's knives? I have access to them.


Unless you are going to be able to offer them much cheaper than other retailers, I would suggest looking to new makers/craftsmen that are your style, rather than picking up a bunch of stuff that can be found elsewhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:58 pm 

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Mark H. wrote:I'll go further than Adam. After looking at the webpage of an online reseller that seems to carry pretty much the entire Itou line I have to say the majority of them are gaudy to the point of garishness. It hurts my eyes to look at them. Even the box they come in is blinged out to the max.




+1 on the handles. The blades look interesting though.


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 5:12 am 

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Same here. They seem to run from slightly overwhelming to blatantly lurid. If I recieved one as a gift I would have to have it rehandled at the least.


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:35 pm 
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Done.

I should have my first order in about a week.
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/itou.html



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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:14 pm 

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The last time I saw something that garish was at a bus stop in Islamabad.


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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 11:11 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 11:43 am 

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I have to chime in here because I saw this thread literally minutes after discovering this maker and seeing some of the knives, so you get my first reaction. At first, I thought the designs were bonkers. But, after a few minutes of seeing the variations, I actually think there is a real playful aspect to the style. I don't know about the blade (LOL, probably more important!) but all things being equal, I kinda like how "un-serious" these rather pricy knives are.

A couple of more subdued options:

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Itou
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 4:22 pm 
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The mother of pearl stuff is loud for my tastes but I KNOW some people like them. I've seen enough pictures of guys with them so why not. I'm not the arbiter of taste that's for sure.

My general guidelines for picking stuff up these days is:

Are they made in a small shop?
Are they not available widely, especially in the USA?
Are they of interest to my customers?
Do they perform well?

As you can see from our closeout page we're methodically jettisoning all the larger company mass produced stuff.

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