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 Post subject: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:22 pm 
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I told you guys this awhile ago. Hiromoto is closing business. Mr. Nagao, the octogenarian owner of the company is retiring after a very long career. They actually stopped making knives a while ago and have been selling off stock. I purchased almost all of their remaining knives (about 450 of them) and that's all she wrote. We're working on a replacement that will have improved handles and better heat treatment with the same stainless cladding over AS steel, so I hope to have them available before we run out of them. I'm sorry to see these go. They were imperfect but very good knives at a good price and they were one of the first Japanese brands we started selling years ago so I'm kind of attached to them.



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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:28 pm 

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Real shame. Had a chance to try one out at an offsite and I really liked it. I might have to get one of the 450.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:35 pm 
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One of my favorite knives is still my Hiromoto that Adam re-handled for me. That knife is going to the grave with me. hahahaha



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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:54 pm 

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That is a shame, but I wish him the best in his retirement. There seem to be many more options in the US today for stainless-clad AS (and though I strongly considered one of their gingami no. 3 line for my first gyuto, there seem to be more options in similar stainless as well). Though not perfect they have a reputation as a classic in the J-knife world.

I'll be looking forward to seeing what you come up with as a replacement.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:19 pm 

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My AS 210 has its flaws but I still grab for it all the time. My knife is a little too short (actually a very short 41mm) and it has a very distinct overgrind at the tip, but there is something to be said for the 'not too hard' treatment on the AS steel. That knife doesn't flinch from cutting anything and holds a pretty damn good edge doing it. I never worry about chipping and I've had a few moments where I was sure I broke the tip off... nada. I get the sense that the Hiromoto AS knives are historic in the sense that they offered a very good steel with stainless cladding when that wasn't an option with any or many other makers. The knives are dated in a way (replaced by lines like the Kohetsu AS and others), but with a little love (and maybe a gentle thinning) they really hold their own. I think if they are viewed much more as "workhorse" type blades rather than trying to turn them into lasers they still have their place....

Just my thoughts. Sad to see he didn't have someone there to carry the torch.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:24 pm 

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Did you happen to grab any of the Honyaki knives he made? Pretty novel seeing Honyaki blades with western handles at the very least


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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:07 pm 
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No honyakis from them. Just the western AS knives that we sell.



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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:29 pm 

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What a great knife line. Loved mine for years before finally letting go earlier this year. My firs jk love.


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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
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I thought I had heard that Hiromoto was going out of business last year. Bummer.



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 Post subject: Re: Hiromoto is done
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:30 am 
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The "original workhorse", I have recommended that knife many times. And time moves on.



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