Update - shot a new video after figuring out I needed to sharpen the Takamura because of a significant rolled edge in the middle part of the blade. Latest video on top.
Older video notes: basic cuts on an onion and stiction demo on a potato. I wanted to shoot a video entitled "Takamura One Finger Onion", but I didn't have the particular onions that work for the one finger trick on hand - oh well...
Thanks, they're hand fired 1/2" thick tiles with something like 39 different colors/patterns. Each tile is somewhat unique in itself. My wife sourced them by researching and tracking down a source from a mag article she found. We laid them out on the floor first to create a pattern, that wasn't a pattern if you know what I mean. They were a bitch to cut on the wet saw, being so thick, but the results turned out very well and yes, it's pretty much the show piece component of our kitchen.
Thanks Charlemagne. Actually I went to strop the knife this evening before a stir fry prep and realized the edge had rolled over pretty significantly to the left in the middle of the knife. I could look directly at the edge under a light and see an edge - not good . Looking back at the video, the middle of the knife does not cut like is should on the onion or potato.
I did a quick sharpening on the Shapton Pro 1.5K and stropped/deburred on a diamond charged horse butt strop - what a difference .
I'm going to shoot another video tomorrow evening to really show what this knife can do .
The camera is a Nikon D800 and it's normally used exclusively on video production work, along with externally recorded second audio. I'm going to reconfigure and improve the lighting for the next video(s). This was just the house kitchen lights, along with a single Lowel Pro-Light. I'm going to drag out the Chimera softbox and also bounce a Pro-light off a white card against the wall for more fill. We'll see how that does.
You do a nice job of lighting and shot setup BTW - as you know, it's harder and more tedious than people think.
Here are of couple 30 second spots that my editor (and sound/grip guy on filming shoots) put together for St. Louis Community College to air on local TV stations. We probably filmed over 100 students in various locations at two different campuses. More spots will come later as requested by the cllient. The D800 does a really nice job if you manage the lighting decently well. These still need a little tweaking on audio levels and a couple other minor adjustments before final release.
Here are a couple older videos in an interview/b-roll style. I've since gotten a better hand held rig that I can stabilize better. I also shoot more on sticks where possible - sometimes it's really run 'n gun though .
Thanks for the video Lighting is very nice and relaxing, though folks' pronunciation of "gyuto" always rubs me the wrong way. For people with non-Japanese pronunciation, it might be best to rhyme the first syllable with "few".
My Takamura had a rather fragile edge out of the box and developed some microchips and a little rolling...a follow-up sharpening cleaned it up and it seems more stable now. I get the feeling that their shop's sharpening process puts some fatigue on the edges.
Like mine so much that I have a 180mm on the way, and I'll probably get one or both of them rehandled. Might set one up with a wa handle, just to try it.