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Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Sun May 11, 2014 8:19 pm

Using them both for a week solid on identical prep.

Professional preference is the Takamura.
It's lighter, thinner the slight loss in edge retention does not offset the pure performance of the knife over the HAP40. It glides through ingredients it's thinner a more nimble and faster machine in processing large amounts of product.

The HAP40 is wonderful however for the amount of volume it IS noticeably heavier and will give you some bad forearm exhaustion for extended use.
This is a WONDERFUL knife fit finish are outstanding grind is good and it's a good knife, just not a knife for me. It's like trying on someone else's shoes and knowing they're not for you.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Mon May 12, 2014 9:06 pm

I have the Kohetsu Nakiri and when I posted my review I did comment that the Kohetsu felt handle heavy.
I guess that is why you are selling it...
You guys that work the line have significantly different requirements than us hobbyist home cooks.
If and when the Wa handled Kohetsu's get here the balance and weight issues may be different.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Mon May 12, 2014 10:35 pm

phillysco wrote:I have the Kohetsu Nakiri and when I posted my review I did comment that the Kohetsu felt handle heavy.
I guess that is why you are selling it...
You guys that work the line have significantly different requirements than us hobbyist home cooks.
If and when the Wa handled Kohetsu's get here the balance and weight issues may be different.



Exactly...When you're doing 50 to 100 pounds of onions in a week along with 30+ pounds of mushrooms... you tend to notice a knife that is a little heavier.

I don't understand how people do it with the German steel tbh

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Tue May 13, 2014 1:15 am

There's a reason the stereotypical grizzled cook has mammoth forearms and the back of an Olympic swimmer.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 am

Might also explain in part why rocking is such a popular technique.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Thu May 15, 2014 6:53 pm

Can't rock cut julienne onions lol

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Fri May 16, 2014 3:46 am

You certainly can. Rock higher. There's a reason I use longer knives.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:36 pm

I begged Takamura to make a 240 gyuto for us. They seemed like they might have been persuaded. We'll see. They're busy so getting them to add other blades is tough but it was my only request when I was at their factory.

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:02 am

If this comes in a 240 I may retire all other knives...

Re: Takamura R2 Vs Kohetsu HAP40

Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:19 pm

Have the HAP40 converted to a Wa, lightens it up a good bit :)
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