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Tojiro Bread knife dillema

Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:55 am

I asked Mark of CKTG already about this and he had never heard of this being done so I am putting it out into the ether of the www in hopes that someone has tried this or willing to try this on my knife. I have one of the saber Tojiro 270 dp bread knives. Unfortunately it is ground for right hand use and I am left-handed. My question is this...is it possible to re-shape it in such a way that is is either neutral or left handed? When a lefty like myself uses the knife it tracks decidedly off center. Of course I am not going to attempt this myself as I do not trust my sharpening skills or knowledge of steels. Anyone care to chime in? Obviously I don't care about warranties as I don't think there are any to begin with. Most if not every bread knife is right hand ground from what I've seen but none are as long as the tojiro.


Re: Tojiro Bread knife dillema

Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:07 pm

I'm going to go with no. The only practical way I can think of would be to have the machine that put the sinus edge on there at the Tojiro factory and put the blade in backwards.

I am surprised and a bit disappointed to hear that it steers on you. I wonder if there is a creative outside solution here. Like re-shaping the handle at an angle so that the blade is set slightly askew to your grip, like you do when re-sawing lumber. The blade being slightly tilted shouldn't matter with a bread knife. I'm just spitballing here.

Re: Tojiro Bread knife dillema

Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:18 pm

You could send me a PM about this. I do know someone who could put serrations on a knife. So the real question would be if you just wanted to start with a non serrated knife or try to rework a right handed knife into a left handed one. The procedure is pretty straightforward with the proper but somewhat expensive equipment.


Re: Tojiro Bread knife dillema

Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:35 pm

also my problem with this knife. it's a fantastic knife from what i've seen on videos. i really want this knife but i can't use it since i too am a lefty.

Re: Tojiro Bread knife dillema

Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:58 am

Thanks Ken. I am debating my options. Try to use my offhand when using this knife or what you suggest. I am also considering just trying to slowly regrind the scallops individually and hopefully over time it will become a southpaw. I like the idea of having a long straight ground for a lefty. That would be ideal but I am a student and on a budget and already looking at some new stone purchases and knife upgrade. Even if I got this knife to neutral it would be a bonus. I just bought one for a wedding gift so it is not like I don't like the knife. It just steers left like the alignment is off, which I suppose it is for me.
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