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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:49 am 

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The handle is definitely nothing special. I simply sanded mine into a nicer profile, and stained it. It's not a great handle, but it is so light that I don't want to replace it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:56 pm 

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I got mine in yesterday and used it for prep for the BBQ. I plan to use it more today as well. I was really expecting this thing to be reactive based on what you experienced but mine is like the exact opposite. It's so barely reactive I actually thought it was stainless. So today I left a piece of bacon wrapped on it for 25 mins and it barely started getting blue spots. So I took some Billet polish to it and shined her up real nice.

This thing is THIN! Just what I wanted in a petty. You can see it next to my Tojiro ITK. The handle is longer too. It's not the best handle but it's better than the ITK's(rightfully so for the price). Very light and laser like though. I love it. OOTB edge is very nice on mine. Cuts hanging paper with a slow push easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:18 pm 

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Mine wasn't super reactive at first either, cut a big pile of onions... It'll show it's character.

It's a great knife, with personality. I love the blade profile, and it is a fantastic mini chefs knife. I could cook a whole service with just that knife, but what's the fun in that? I am very happy with the knife, and a nice patina suits it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:47 pm 

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I'll see how it goes while I keep using it. I guess having Tojiro ITK's as my first J knives kind of skews what I think of as reactive. These things would turn before my eyes when I got them.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:25 pm 

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I 'm wondering how similar this knife is to the nakiri version of it.
4.6 ounces.... light, thin, 2.6mm at heel
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tanakanakiri1.html


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:48 am 

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Thanks. I really love these tanakas. I've had a chance to use the 210mm gyuto from the stainless damascus series, and I liked it very much. Not enough to consider displacing my AS Laser or my Kono 270 Kiritsuke, but I definitely liked it a lot more than the 8" Shun Classic that I've used (I have the 10") which is also VG10. Didn't have that "chippy" feel that the Shuns have.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka 150mm Damascus Petty
PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:38 am 

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Location: Long Island, NY
Have to say I completely agree with you. I have the 135 and I love using this thing. Easy to sharpen? Forget about it. I even managed to do my first chip repair on it. The write up on it's in this thread: first-chip-repair-suggestions-heel-variation-t7607.html Came out great.

Similar thoughts on the handle. Sanded mine down and am still working on it. but you're right. It's so light don't want to change it. Keeps it blade heavy which this knife wants.

BTW, haven't found any strong reactivity issues with it after about a month. Only unusual thing was one time I did some fresh tuna and then some radishes. It gave off a really strong smell for a few hours.

Really enjoyable knife.



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