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Teruyasu Pricing

Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:29 pm

As are a lot of people I'm sure, I often look at and try to justify buying a 240 teruyasu fujiwara. I really only noticed recently that the 210 is almost $200 cheaper than the 240, and that the santoku is $300 less. I know these are beautiful blades, but does anyone else find it rare to see this much of a leap when jumping up a size? Or maybe the santoku just a huge bargain? Obviously ideally, one would have the 240.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:37 pm

Check out viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5146&view=unread#unread

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:42 pm

Gotcha. Thanks for digging that up.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:47 pm

For further clarification, the 240 is more expensive due to demand. They can and will charge a higher price because people will stick purchase the knife regardless.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:28 pm

It takes more time and material to craft it and as Lunatic mentioned it has to do with demand as well. 240 is probably the most popular size for users to purchase, I know it's my preferred length.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:06 pm

I suppose it's some combination of factors. I'm sure a good number of people prefer the 240, and are willing to pay.

A 240 is about 14% longer than a 210. Most brands have a difference of 10-25% higher price for a 240 vs. 210. The T. Fujiwara is a whopping 54% more. It's just a bizarre difference. I'd love to have one of these gyutos, but I'm 99% sure I'd get the 210 because it seems to be a much better value.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:05 am

Lunatic is spot on right. The material cost is really just a fraction of the cost increase. The amount of labor might be 10 percent more.
The rest is simply supply and demand. Japanese knives are a commodity just like any other item.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:25 am

Shigefusa is the same way, actually on another site the 240 is more expensive than the 270mm, sucks. I tried to get the Teruyasu from another vendor also under their house brand and I was informed he no longer made the knives for them anymore, the knives were very well priced and the same exact Nashiji finish and white #1 as these. Sucks , I wanted one a loooong time ago BUT did not purchase because I read some poor reviews on it on another forum when they did a pass around. I wish i disregarded and purchased it, dummy me

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:10 am

Boostfed wrote:Shigefusa is the same way, actually on another site the 240 is more expensive than the 270mm, sucks. I tried to get the Teruyasu from another vendor also under their house brand and I was informed he no longer made the knives for them anymore, the knives were very well priced and the same exact Nashiji finish and white #1 as these. Sucks , I wanted one a loooong time ago BUT did not purchase because I read some poor reviews on it on another forum when they did a pass around. I wish i disregarded and purchased it, dummy me


I think I know what other vendor you mean. ;) And I actually looked into those as well, without realizing they were Teruyasu-Fujiwara knives, just noting the appearance/specs/price. It was only after I discovered the Teruyasu here that I realized what I had missed: they were pretty much all out of stock by the time I saw them, because I hadn't been checking regularly.

Re: Teruyasu Pricing

Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:17 pm

The only white steel knife on the market with such a high rockwell...he can charge what he wants. Does he deserve it? Yup...I wish it was cheaper...perhaps one day it will go on sale and Mark will nearly break even :)

I understsand that Fujiwara made custom white steel knives for another japanese website and they were much cheaper but sold out very fast. I suppose the reason for the increase is the increase in finishing time it takes and the old man probably wants to retire with some small nest. Japanese blacksmiths are a wonder of the world.

They make thousands of knives but aren't millionaires, but they should be.
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