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 Post subject: Re: Stainless petty: Tanaka vg10 or Takamura
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:11 pm 
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@Elder - That series is all stainless, cladding and core.

@Bill - I have and use the Tojiro DP 90mm Paring. I like it a lot. The Shun is a super Paring knife, but I couldn't justify the extra $$ for a knife I don't use all the time. I like the ergonomics on the Tojiro DP - it's easy to use and the extra flat blade profile works great for peeling in-hand items. Try it!


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 Post subject: Re: Stainless petty: Tanaka vg10 or Takamura
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:40 pm 

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Steve,
Thanks for getting back. Taking your advice on both Petty and Paring.


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 Post subject: Re: Stainless petty: Tanaka vg10 or Takamura
PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:21 pm 
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HILL <> In moot reply, Shun get's a bad rap because they predominately use VG-10 steel that is, on their knives, notoriously "chippy", they are not cheap as compared to other JK you can get for the dollar & their Gyutos have big bellys. They are easy to sharpen though they might not have the best of feel on the stones, they have IMPECCABLE fit & finish, and they are quite light. They are good knives that get a bad rap. I take them for what they are worth, and profile trumps steel for me 100% of the time. I can & do use lesser steel knives with more appropriately matched profiles, for me, with FAR greater efficacy then a compromise in profile just so I can have what steel snobs deem as "best". I have their parer of which is not my "#1 go-to" & Gokujo for said reasons.

The Tojiro is a GREAT knife & value @$40. The Shun is a different knife altogether. In hand, the difference is analogous to holding a chunky Western as to a slim Japanese Wa. I'm not saying the Tojiro is clunky; I'm contrasting the two.

My favorite parer is not even available @CKTG; I simply offered options w/explanations as to why.



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 Post subject: Re: Stainless petty: Tanaka vg10 or Takamura
PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 12:42 am 

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Mel, I do think that there is much wisdom in your theme about profile as primary. You got my attention. That's for sure, but
everything has a tradeoff. I was impressed enough with the Shun design that if I looked at their nakiri knife which may or may not
be next in line to select. Like stout beer, , small bore sporters and all things that have floated my boat, I wish that I could sample them all first hand before a final commitment. My wife is the one using the paring knife and it's a knife that I mostly avoid. There is a a sense of agility which seems so different
than other knives. Thanks for your post. It is a conundrum. I wish that she could try them both. Worth the extra money if she has gets the added efficacy and pleasure.

Meanwhile, my Anyru Santuko is pleasure. For all I know, that knife could do everything that I need in the kitchen. Today,
cut my favorite bread better than a bread knife. I suspect that it's a pleasure that most food enthusiasts do not even know they are missing.


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 Post subject: Re: Stainless petty: Tanaka vg10 or Takamura
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:36 pm 

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I own that messermeister paring knife. works great for me although I haven't tried a dozen different paring knives to compare


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