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Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:34 am

Yeah, it's a nice chunk of Koa, but expensive!!

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:10 am

Putting up half a LARGE $$$ for a knife is INSANE!
But that Tanaka is one that could change my mind.
I am working my way up there, my Suji is the current all time price leader.
I am still trying to wrap my head around what I believe is truth
A $500 knife is NOT twice as good as a $250 one
But a $250 knife in many cases IS twice as good as a $125 one.
And next time I spring for the big payola on a Gyuto, I want all the money in the steel
as opposed to the handle. Custom handles are nice to look at, but the don't make the blade cut any better.
See TAZ, what an advantage you have doing your own work.

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:22 pm

phillysco wrote:Putting up half a LARGE $$$ for a knife is INSANE!
But that Tanaka is one that could change my mind.
I am working my way up there, my Suji is the current all time price leader.
I am still trying to wrap my head around what I believe is truth
A $500 knife is NOT twice as good as a $250 one
But a $250 knife in many cases IS twice as good as a $125 one.
And next time I spring for the big payola on a Gyuto, I want all the money in the steel
as opposed to the handle. Custom handles are nice to look at, but the don't make the blade cut any better.
See TAZ, what an advantage you have doing your own work.


This is for sure something to consider. The more expensive a knife the more your paying for that last Percentage of performance. I see this all the time for computers. Some one tells me i want the best. But really usually the almost best is the way to go. Why double the price to add 2%-5% better?

of course as you ease your way into expensive toys it becomes easier to justify(Rationalize?) the expense :)

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:04 pm

DarkStar wrote: Some one tells me i want the best. But really usually the almost best is the way to go. Why double the price to add 2%-5% better?


Because as you gain experience and knowledge, often you are able to appreciate that small bit of improvement. As long as you can afford it, why not?

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:31 pm

phillysco wrote:A $500 knife is NOT twice as good as a $250 one
But a $250 knife in many cases IS twice as good as a $125 one.


Tell that to people who own knives from:

Devin Thomas
Carter
Shigefusa
Kato
Harner
Heiji
Gesshin Kagekiyo
Fujiwara Teruyasu
Marko Tsukorkan
or
Honyaki knives

YOU might not find these knives "twice as good as" knives in the lower price bracket. But there sure are people who do.

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:09 am

dougmc wrote:Because as you gain experience and knowledge, often you are able to appreciate that small bit of improvement. As long as you can afford it, why not?


If you can afford it, definitely why not. People spend lots of money on all kinds of hobbies that seems wastefull to outsiders.

Notice you left off an important part of my quote

"of course as you ease your way into expensive toys it becomes easier to justify(Rationalize?) the expense :)"

a $200 toy leads to a $300 to a $500 toy etc...


I have a 1500 hand made paintball gun to prove that :P

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:30 am

just too awesome. I like the iron wood handles.

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:52 pm

Tim, that's a beautiful knife!

It looks like the Koa came from the piece you used to make this gorgeous handle for me!

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Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:55 pm

Close! I try to have several nice pieces of Koa on hand :)

Re: >> Tanaka R-2 <<

Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:15 pm

It's a beautiful wood and feels great in the hand :)
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