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 Post subject: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:40 pm 
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Well, survived the Game Dinner for 180 people today! Didn't get as many pics as I wanted to; they changed up how we did stuff to save time and a lot of the prep/cutting was done at home and we just had to cook or reheat the stuff. So the HUGE bag of potatoes (3-4 hotel pans usually) were already cut, they got presliced mushrooms, etc; they took away from my play time. Roasts were already trimmed, marinated and ready to go, no Striper this year to fillet and cut down and cook, etc. I had 20 knives ready to go for prep and stuff for people who were helping and we didn't have much of any prep to do. I think I used 4 knives total the whole day. :( :( :(

We had 6 vension roasts and 4 large Bison roasts to slice up. I saw a guy bringing in a slicer and gave him a dirty look and told him he could put it back in his truck :) So I got to play with the new AS Laser Suji!

Ready to slice!!
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Yes, I do use my knives!! The AS Laser Suji has a full convex grind from spine to edge and is pretty thick/beefy until the edge. It's a different grind from the AS Laser gyuto and Nakiri, but it works awesome! It gives you a stiff blade that you can control and not have flex all over the place, and the convexing helps the slices just fall off and away from the blade. I was getting stupid thin slices and had a grin on my face. I heard chuckles and "Oooohs" from people near the serving table; my Dad told me later people were watching me slice the roasts, most were 1 cut thru the roast nice and clean and people were amazed at how smoothly it cut and how thin the slices that were falling away were. It was the kitchen people laughing at me with a big grin on my face as I was slicing because I finally got to use the knives I had brought (3 boxes worth!)

Pics of Play Time!! Happy Taz!!!
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6 venison roasts sliced and ready for the mushroom sauce!
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The other chef had some german type knives for his chef knives; he saw my stones and I was more than happy to sharpen them. When I first looked them over, I saw that the edge was completely flat, no point in the triangle! So the Bester 500 and Bester 1200 came out and put an actual edge on them, Chef was shocked at how sharp they were. :roll: So he got thru like 1 small Bison roast with bacon on top and was complaining that he had to steel his knife already. I let him play with the 300mm Kono White #2 Suji, which is pretty much like a straight razor cutting wise :) First slice and I hear him yell "Holy S&^T!!" I looked over expecting to see a finger on the board or blood spraying everywhere (I warned him it was SHARP :P ) and he looked at me with his mouth dropped open. "That was awesome, it just went right thru, that's a sharp knife, I love this thing!" So I told him where he can purchase one :) He spent the next few minutes gushing over how well it cut, even through the bacon with each cut. I just chuckled and kept slicing away with the Laser AS suji.


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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:20 am 

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I jealous. Looks like fun.

I am about to thumb through my recipe book to find some manner of beast to make tomorrow so I can play with my new Laser AS suji :D


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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:23 am 
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Glad you got to play with your AS Laser suji Tim. Those roast look awesome! I love my Kono White #2 300mm suji too, I bet that chef was amazed with it coming from a German knife!



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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:32 am 
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Pot Roast is fun with the Suji...thin thin slices just falling away and folding over as they fall :) Or carving a big Turkey Breast.

Yeah, his mouth was on the floor...he uses an electronic sharpener, prob like a Chef Choice thing and his edges were solid flat when you looked straight at the edge...lol. Absolutely no edge and he was steeling away! When I gave him the Suji, I told him it was sharp and keep the steel away from it...lol. He looked at some of the other edges on the other knives I had and he had this dumbfounded look on his face...lol.


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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:28 am 
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That's just classic, I would have loved to have seen it! :D



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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:59 am 

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"You know you're a knife maniac when you're legitimately disappointed there's not enough prep to do"

Good job on the other chef... we may have gained a convert.


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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:03 am 
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It was funny, he saw the edge from the 500/1200 stones that I did for him (very basic edge, sharp, but toothy, took maybe like 5-8 minutes to do 8" chefs, carving knife and cheap fillet knife) and was thrilled with that, then he saw the suji's off of the Hakka Level 3 j nat...sticky sharp! A few of the other guys who were there like sharp knives and even they were surprised at how sharp they were, despite knowing me and seeing my stuff over the years. Most people don't know a truly sharp knife until they see a truly sharp blade and you see the eyes open and the reaction they have!

Yeah, I wasn't happy when they took my prep fun away...had 3 Nakiri's ready for the potatoes, a Honesuki, 150mm petty and 2 hankotsu to trim the roasts and stuff, and like 9 gyuto's for other general prep stuff. I got to cut up 6 blocks of cheese for the cheese and crackers dish, yippee. Cutting cheese sucks, especially in a hot kitchen. I ended up putting blocks in the freezer while I worked on 1 so they wouldn't get soft and smooshy while I worked on the first block.

I told him a few times where to get the knives, not sure if he will order or not? I'll keep working on him! A few other guys loved the various Artifex and Kohetsu western 210mm that I had; they do a lot of cooking/game prep on their own and liked the Artifex boning knife a lot.


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 Post subject: Re: Game Dinner #2
PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:25 am 
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Great write up, it looks like you guys had a great time and the food looks great. Thanks for the review on the AS laser Suji. When my brother comes over and uses my knives I also get the "holly s*** that's sharp" it does make you laugh.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:57 am 
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I enjoyed reading that. GOOD JOB SHOWING THE IGNORANT THE BLISS THEY AMBLE AMID.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:37 pm 
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Yeah, not sure if he will change his blades, but it opened his eyes a lot! One of my other guys there works at one of the casino restaurants amd he brought me a MAC to work on, 8 years of use left a bit of a recurve in the blade; heel touched the board and then a small gap for like 4" long until it hit the board again! He only uses a 1K stone though and a steel.


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