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 Post subject: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:46 pm 

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So I am starting a new job and space is certainly an issue, I wont be reaching for my 250 any time soon. I am in the market for a 210 gyuto in either stainless or carbon at entry-level level pricing. In right handed and im pretty sure I'll be the sharpening guy at the new job. Ive pretty much narrowed it down to the kohetsu blue#2 and aebl artifex, but im open to suggestion for more no frills bang for buck performers. I picked up an aebl for a friend and sharpened it for him and really was pleased with the way the knife sharpens, but I keep going back to the kohetsu page. In curious if anyone has some pros and cons or first hand knowledge to suggest one over the other.


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:12 am 
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Artifex will be a bit thicker behind the edge than the Kohetsu and may be a bit more durable, or you can thin it out a bit. Kohetsu 210mm is a true laser and performs very well, but is very thin behind the edge. The Artifex stock handle has better F&F than the Kohetsu handle, but I prefer the size/shape of the Kohetsu handle myself (I have bigger hands). Both will take and hold a very nice edge and are pretty easy to sharpen up. Kohetsu has a carbon core, SS clad blade, Artifex is all stainless. Kohetsu looks really cool with a dark patina :)


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:34 am 

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I would consider what you will be using the knife for. Is it going to be a line knife or a prep knife? What will you be cutting with it?


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:45 am 

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Line and prep on a small long cutting board where I'll be. I have an 8 in ikon for heavy duty implementation and it fits the area perfectly. I'll be cutting an insane amount of carrots, cabbage, onion, celery, potatoes, and I dont know what else yet. General everything with a better edge and lighter than the wusthof.


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:57 pm 
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J, if the carbon core isn't an issue, I like the Kohetsu.


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:58 pm 

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If you have an Ikon I would get the Kohetsu. The Ikon is stainless which will work great on the line. The blue #2 would be great for prep as you will be able to maintain the blade with no problem while prepping. Going into a new job I wouldnt want to risk a carbon core not knowing how crazy it might get on the line. It's nice not having to worry about your blade while on line. I use my german on the line but all my prep is done with a sharper j knife. if your Ikon hits the floor it will be a bit more resilient.


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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:27 am 
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I love my kohetsu blue#2 210. I use it whenever I am limited in space and cant break out 240 or >. Def a laser and I fidn it pretty light for a western handled knife.



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 Post subject: Re: aebl vs blue#2
PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:20 pm 
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Yeah, both are great steels and if carbon care isn't an issue I'd pick based on some other criteria as the other guys have noted. Grind, profile, etc.



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