Switch to full style
We encourage you to post your questions about kitchen knives here. We can give you help choosing a knife.
Post a reply

Slicer gift for Dad

Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:23 pm

Hi, Thanks everyone for all the great help so far, this forum has been a great resource on my sharpening journey :)

I want to get a gift for my Dad. He makes his own Gravlax and could use a a screaming sharp knife to slice it up. however, he only does it a few times a year so perhaps a dedicated Yanagi would be overkill. Also he's left handed, don't see many left handed Yanagi...

Would a sujihiki be acceptable? The pros being there are a lot more available to choose from and he'd get more use out of it carving other things.

He currently has mostly german steel knives along with a some american carbon/Global/kyocera ceramic to round it out.


1. Are you right handed? He's Left handed
2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..) Yanagi or Sujihiki need guidence
3. What size knife are you looking for? ~270
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? Stainless
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? Japanese preferred
6. How much did you want to spend? ~$200
7. Do you know how to sharpen? I can sharpen it for him

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:31 pm

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kowa271.html

That's 30 above but I like it. Its on my wishlist.
The Richmond artifex 270 at 90 usd. Its a great deal.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:35 pm

DarkStar,

16 more posts and you can get this:

next-forum-sale-is-on-t5812.html

Idahodave

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:50 am

The Konosuke looks like quite a nice knife. It's definitely a contender. i'm just not sure if i should hold out for a Yanagi or not. I suspect coming from what he currently has a Suji will be fine.

Of course now mark is making it more difficult to decide, i just saw this post: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/lehakn.html A few nice knives there including lefty yanagis, but i'm not sure if i want to make the jump to carbon. Need to show some patience i guess, no pictures yet :)

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:55 am

I'll be making a lot more posts now.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:08 am

If he only makes it a few times a year, I agree a devoted yanagiba could be overkill. The Kono HH, if you decided to get it through the forum special, would be a great knife for a thousand purposes and would be fine for a lefty. The HH line is thin and I don't think you'd find many suji better suited for cutting fish. In terms of bang for your buck, the Kono would be your best bet, easily. The only question I have is how often he would use such a long, thin knife. For many home cooks, 270mm and so narrow is superfluous, you could as well give him or her a sword for as much kitchen use as it would see. If you think he'd benefit from having a sujihiki in his day to day life, I'd grab the Konosuke in ten posts. Otherwise, Mark's done all the lefties a solid with the Kitaoka.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:15 am

You can't go wrong with the forum special, I have only heard positive things about Kono knives. If I had the post count I would be ordering one.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:03 pm

i just saw i only have 55 posts. pretty far out from the 100.

The Kono it´s great. He´ll enjoy it. and is way more practical than a yanagi.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:55 pm

Not very many, if any, knives are more elegant than a 300mm yanagiba.

The question might not be "How often will he use it?" rather "How much will he enjoy using it?"

The fact that you gave it to him will just add to his pleasure.

Re: Slicer gift for Dad

Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:03 pm

A wise man once told me if you are trying to decide between and suji and a yanagiba, you want a suji.
Post a reply