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Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:33 am

Can anyone give me an insight into the performance of this knife, as well as any major pros and cons?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:34 am

Notoriously, EXTREMELY reactive shirogami. EXTREMELY.

Ironically enough, I had a PM conversation just last night with an individual of whom was forced to sell their ITK because the F&B mgr was uncomfortable with how quickly the knife oxidizes. And its a rusty looking oxidizing to boot...

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:47 am

Pros: white #2 good steel will take and hold a scarey edge.

Cons: will rust/pitina if not tended too right away. If you take care of your knives there is no trouble.

An Excellent knife if you take care of it.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:17 pm

Pretty much just going to echo the others thoughts, but:

Pros: Inexpensive, white steel so it gets sharp easy and holds a good edge, nice profile

Cons: Cheap(ish) handle, not that great of geometry OOTB, and the cladding will rust very quickly

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:24 pm

Thanks for the answers, I guess for just $60 I'm not surprised that the fit and finish is lacking.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:33 pm

There are a bunch of pretty good and informative reviews on the knife that you can find on the item page here:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/toitkshwa21.html

Also, it ranks #3 on our entire site for knives sold this year....

My Artifex took over the #2 spot right behind the Tojiro DP F-808.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:03 pm

Can anyone talk about the handle specifically? I can fix the blade easily, the handle would be more of the problem.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:44 pm

Dan - I have the 150mm ITK and the handle wood was not sanded to be flush with the plastic ferrule. It's a little higher (larger diameter). I had to sand the handle down to get it closer to flush w/ferrule. I also gave the handle a few coats of tung/hard finish oil. Did I absolutely have to sand down the handle? No...but it bugged me when using the knife. I have a number of other nicer Wa handled knives where the handle F & F is much nicer. I think plastic ferrules are a little cheap looking as well, but it doesn't affect useability. It is, after all, a budget carbon line of knives.

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:47 pm

Yeah, that!! :)

Re: Tojiro ITK Shirogami 210mm gyuto.

Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:55 pm

I bought the 120 Petty, and it almost made me swear off carbon for life. It would rust so quickly, i couldnt even finish what I was doing without constantly wiping it. Forced a patina several times on it too. It would make it about a week until it would start showing rust again. Now its my junk knife. Sharpens easy enough, and holds an edge, but I cant take the oxidation factor.
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