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Selecting the perfect wedding present

Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:10 pm


I have been browsing your website the past few days in order to select the perfect knife as a wedding present for a good friend.

The issue that I am having is that want to give a unique gift that will be useful and last many years, which is what led me to select a knife as a gift. In addition, a well made knife is an expensive investment and sometimes people won't even consider buying one because they don't think it will be much better than a knife set bought at their local target store. However, I don’t know their level of cooking or their experience with extremely sharp blades and I am cautious to buy them “too” much knife or a knife they may be afraid to use.

The knife I use as a workhorse in my kitchen, and absolutely love, is the Shun Fuji Chef's knife, which unfortunately is a Williams-Sonoma exclusive knife and is not sold through your website:

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products ... ives-shun&

I was initially considering getting this exact knife as the wedding present but had some apprehensions about spending that much on a gift. After speaking with my older brother (cooking enthusiast) and cousin (trained chef), they suggested your website and pointed out several knives they thought would perform just as well or better than my knife at a fraction of the cost. They were:

Takeda Gyuto AS 240mm - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tagyas24.html

Misono UX 10 Chef Knife 210mm - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mi.html

Shun Ken Onion Chef Knife - http://www.chefknivestogo.com/keshkenonchk.html

The top two were highly recommended and the Ken Onion was more of a great knife for the price since it is currently on sale through your website. I think they all would be great gifts, but I was hoping for some guidance and possible explanations on the distinct differences between the knives that might help persuade me in a direction. I am currently strongly leaning toward the Takeda Gyuto 240mm because of its unique look and amazing reviews.

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.



Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:17 pm

The first thing that comes to mind when considering this as a gift for folks that may not appreciate what they have is, stainless or carbon? I assume that stainless is the way to go because they may not be up to the extra care a carbon knife requires. The Takeda is reportedly an awesome knife and I have personal experience with and highly recommend Moritaka KS 250mm gyuto (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/moritakagyuto.html), but again, carbon steel.

I keep seeing the Konosuke HH stainless knife recommended by Mark and others http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ko24wa.html
or a really nice hammered Damascus knife whose name slips my memory . . . anyone??

If I didn't mention Mark's beautiful Damascus knife what kind of convert would I be? http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rida24gy.html

Any of these knives will be conversation pieces and awesome life-ling performers . . .

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:14 pm

Badboy - For the hammered damascus are you thinking of the sakai takayuki damascus wa-gyuto?


It's a sweet knife with one of the stainless steels everyone seems to recommend...AEB-L. Also, it's beautiful and very affordable compared to other knives you're considering.

Also, if this gift is for someone who has very little culinary experience, a 210mm sized gyuto may be more immediately comfortable and manageable. But most professionals will go 240-270mm.

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:53 pm

I would steer clear from carbon, especially if you don't know their cooking habits or care potential. My fear would be they would be left wet, then rusted away and they would never realize the knifes potential. The takeda is too much knife for a newly wed couple.

To be honest, as much as I have never recommended a Global, this would be my choice in this situation. Good stainless steel and tough as nails the scales wont fall off or split when it gets put in the dishwasher etc....

Perhaps when they demonstrate proper care and come to you to show them the further light then we can talk about upping the performance.

The Ken Onion is just ridiculously ugly. Imo.

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:14 am

Although the Takeda is a great, great knife...I would definitely make sure that taking care of a carbon steel blade is one your recipient is able/willing to handle. If they are...get it. :)

If not, stainless is a much better option.

The Ken Onion = No!!

Misono UX10 is a good knife with typically great fit & finish. Not my favorite though because of it's lackluster steel performance. A typical household, though, would not be so.

Another good option would be the Sakai Hammered gyuto's:


I've never personally seen these but I believe they are clones of other similar knives....just rebranded. If my assumption is correct, they're a good knife. They get you a unique look and, IMHO, a better blade than the Misono.

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:56 pm

Try my new hammered damascus made with top shelf 19C27 steel. It has a nice handle, nice looks and a reasonable price. I only have a few left on the shelf but this knife would make an excellent and unique gift and it's fully stainless:

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:30 pm

Thanks Tar, yep that is the one, but . . . now that Mark has identified his hammered Damascus, that one would my choice!

Price point is just about right for this thread, I prefer the rosewood handle to the lighter colors, and its on sale . . . However his straight up Damascus is really beautiful http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rida24gy.html

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:35 pm

I'm not going to lie, anyone who gave me one of Mark's hammered Damascus knives would be considered a great friend indeed...

Re: Selecting the perfect wedding present

Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:36 am

Thanks all for the great recommendations. I certainly didn't expect a community of people to respond when I sent an e-mail asking for some guidance.

I think I have narrowed my focus to the http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ko24wa.html due to its unique look, stainless steel properties that require a bit less attention, and great reviews by others.

However, after contacting Mark, this knife is sold out. Thus he suggested the very similar http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kohhfugy24.html. I really like the selection and think it will turn out as a great gift.

However, I also really like the Richmond Hammered Damascus he previously suggested above (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rihada24gy.html). I was just wondereing if anyone could provide feedback on perhaps some of the distinct differences between the two that would help me make the decision on which might be better for the scenario in which I initially presented since I can't test the knives myself?

Thanks again for all the help!
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