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Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:14 pm
> I plan on getting your 210 AEB-L gyuto. I have a few questions: How durable is the handle, as far as swelling, becoming separated from the tang, drying out, etc.?
> Also, do you recommend the finish sharpening? I'm not too experienced at sharpening kitchen knives, so seeing how sharp this knife can become would probably be useful. However, is the factory edge pretty close to that sharp, and do many people ordering this knife elect for the finish sharpening?
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:18 pm
I'm guessing you are talking about the wa handled version of this knife?
Usually if you keep the handle dry it will last a long time but if you get it wet over and over it will reduce it's useful knife and you will have to get another handle. I chose this yew octagonal handle on this knife because it's a big step up from the cheap ho wood ones you usually find on lower priced Japanese knives. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/fufkm24wa.html
They shave out of the box so I don't think you will be disappointed with the factory edge.
Also, I'm taking off the sale price on these in a couple weeks. We're flying through them so I figured it was time to end the promotion.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:39 pm
I think he's talking about the Yo-Artifex <link>
If I am correct in deducing which knife you are speaking of, my experience w/Linen Micarta is it doesn't move... at all
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:41 pm
I didn't know there was a 210mm AEB-L wa handled Artifex....I don't think he/she is talking about the Fujiwara made Artifex, but I could be wrong.
If he's talking about this knife:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/riar21.html
The handles on these are very, very durable. The material is very dense, won't dry dry out and they're attached with rivets.
The factory edge will not be nearly as sharp as it's capable of. However, you won't be disappointed with the OOTB edge....it will still cut quite well.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:42 pm
I was typing whilst Mel was replying.....not fast enough.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:46 pm
Yes, my name is Melampus, and I have a problem...
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:50 pm
Yea I somehow was forcing myself to think wa handle since that's a typical question from customers.
If you are talking about my 210 artifex with the western handle it's bulletproof. G-10 and Micarta are almost completely stable, waterproof and won't crack or curl. I've never gotten one back after selling a couple thousand of them because of handle cracking issues.
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:55 pm
The Artifex is a little thick behind the edge OOTB but gets better with subsequent thinning and sharpenings. My Artifex had a wedging problem when new but became a great cutter over time. No worries about the handle at all.
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