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 Post subject: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:40 pm 

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I am vacillating (again), this time over a Tanaka Damascus Nakiri or a Tojiro Damascus Nakiri.

I understand that the Tojiro edge is stainless and the Tanaka is not, also the Tanaka has a Wa Handle, and the Tojiro has Yo, and that both are clad.

The question boils down to "Will I enjoy the Tanaka $50 more than I'll enjoy the Tojiro?"

Is the Tanaka $50 "better" than the Tojiro?

Sharpening is/will be a soon-to-be-purchased Edge Pro.

Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Yes, you will enjoy the Tanaka $50 more.

However, the Tanaka is carbon core and carbon clad.....whereas the Tojiro is stainless core and stainless clad.

The Tanaka is a much better knife IMHO, but you mention the Tojiro edge being stainless and the Tanaka's is not.....just want to make sure you know the entire Tanaka is carbon.....it's not a stainless cladding.



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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:44 pm 

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I guess I missed that, thank you, Adam.

How reactive is the Tanaka, will I be better off to force a patina, or should I just let nature take its course, by sacrificing a few onions and lemons, followed by normal, home use?


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:46 pm 
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It's not terribly reactive. It is carbon though.

I just let them form naturally....but some yellow mustard will form one real quick. :)



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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:31 pm 

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GET BOTH!



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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:12 am 

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Too late! Adam talked me into it, and I just placed the order.

I have a nasty habit of ordering stuff on Friday and then I fuss all weekend wondering where it is and when I'll get it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:20 am 
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LOL!!! I constantly track packages...sometimes 3 or 4 times in a day to see if there is an update! I am waiting for the Tanaka Sekiso Nakiri and 150mm Petty and a new stone and Nagura. The gyuto isn't super reactive; it's Blue steel and it seems somewhat less reactive than White steels. You can always do a rare meat patina and that works pretty well for home users and stays pretty well.

The Tanaka is way more than $50 better than the Tojiro!! I have only stropped my Tanaka gyuto 5 times since I got it in August and it still sticks into the cutting board for a week or so after stropping. I went several months with the Tanaka KU Nakiri on it's first sharpening and recently touched it up and it stuck into the board like every time and I just touched it up on a Shobu J Nat 8K stone. The Tanaka's have awesome steel and geometry, one of my favorite brands!!

Where in CT are you? We should have a CT/Mass Tanaka Gathering!


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:16 am 

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I'm in Vernon.

I'm the guy who said I'd come down and see you in the spring.

Also, the parallel thread "Looking for a Nakiri" helped make up my mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:08 am 
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Ah, ok, one of my cousins lives in Vernon IIRC!


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka or Tojiro
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:03 am 
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A Tanaka CT/MA get together? Sounds fun!

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