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Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Jan 15, 2014 3:21 pm

To whom it may concern;

FedEx dropped off my Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba about a half hour ago. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tanakasashimi.html

I must say, no photograph can convey the the beauty of this knife. It has
to be
held in the hand, and examined under sunlight, in order to truly appreciate
it.

The etch on the blade brings out the layers perfectly, without being over
etched, and the overall graceful shape, the engraved kanji, and the plain
ho
wood handle, make the knife an esthetic experience in itself. I can't wait
to
use it.

The damascus cladding enhances the esthetics, for me at least, so I guess
it
would be a bit of an understatement to say that I am absolutely delighted.
As
the owner of two of Mr. Tanaka's knives, I have become a great fan of his
work,
for both practical reasons, and for their beauty.

I realize that one can spend a great deal more money, and that $350 is just
about the least one should spend in order to have a "decent" Yanagiba.
Since I
am an amateur hack, and not a professional Sushi Chef, this knife will
serve me
well, I am certain.

Thank you.
Richard

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:24 pm

Mark, I think we need a 300 or 330mm Sekiso sujihiki from Tanaka :)

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:34 pm

That's an excellent idea Tim. Let me ask Shigeki.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:13 pm

I like that idea!

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba (Update)

Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:44 am

Update:

I made my "Inaugural Cuts" today, when I sliced up a nice piece of tuna, from our local fishmonger, for sashimi.

The knife is superb, and with no force, except the weight of the blade, cuts as if the fish isn't even there.

It is easy to see, however, that mastering such a knife, as far as things like timing the cut so that you finish in the same part of the blade, by adjusting the speed of the draw, adjusting to the consistency of the fish, and all the other factors, can take quite a bit of time.

In summation, I was not sure that it wasn't stupid for an untrained amatuer to buy such a specialized knife, but I am absolutely delighted with it, and it would be the last one of my knives that I would ever give up.

If anyone has a desire for a very nice, and relatively inexpensive, Yanagiba, I think the Tanka would be a good choice. It is a magnificent tool.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:51 am

I got to see a custom 300mm lefty one that Tanaka made for Aaron. It was dead on, great blade road, awesome grinds, no warping, etc. A real bargain at the price, or even higher priced! If he can do a lefty grind like that, I can only imagine how nice the righty ground would be that they are more used to making! I have absolutely no need for a Yanagiba, but I keep eyeing them. Maybe if Mark can get him to do a 300mm Sekiso Suji :)

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:26 am

+++ to the suji!!!!

Re: Tanaka Sekiso 300mm Yanagiba

Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:45 am

I still like that idea!
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