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 Post subject: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:42 pm 
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Hi Guys,

This is a new knife that has not yet hit the site and I wanted you guys that have some interest take it for a spin. I found this maker from one of you guys that mentioned them as a possible blacksmith to add to the site (was it you Chip?). This is another super small blacksmith operation and I hope to visit him in September. 50+ posts on the forum to participate.

I had a couple choices for handles and finish as you can see below and I chose hair line finish. The handles were almost free so I decided it would be better to offer these with them to keep the prices low. We can always sell our handle upgrades to people that don't like the generic Chestnut ones. This is an excerpt from Dr. O who drove up and met with him. Here is part of the email:

"The person producing kitchen knives is Toshihiro ( 1st name, maybe difficult to
pronounce, so please have a pause in the middle just like Toshi, then Hiro ) Wakui
( family name ). 41 years old.

His father is running a small factory called WAKUI BAR CUTLERY MFG. This bar
means wrecking bars. The sales of the bars decreased year by year due to change
of construction ways, and he began to study kitchen knives to help the major job.

After forging for 4 years at Yoshikane & sharpening at another factory for some years,
he started producing by himself. When I visited this Wakui shop, I do not know why but
the previous Yoshikane master Mr. Yoshida helped this busy Wakui to forge.

I passed your interest in Shirogami2/soft stainless steel clad to him.
He can finish blades with tsuchime, nashiji and hair-line on request, but his 1st
recommendation is Nashiji. Any quantity is basically acceptable.

His main handles are Japanese style with chestnut with plastic ferrule or buffalo ferrule.
But due to the difficulty in purchasing buffalo ferrule, his recommendation is to use the
chestnut handle with plastic ferrule."



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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:02 pm 

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I have a Wakui 240 Gyuto, with what i believe to be the hairline finish.

AMAZING knife. Ill post some pictures today after work.

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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:34 pm 

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Totally interested in this! Love nashiji but the hairline sounds promising too. Anyhow would be happy to review/give impressions on this.

Big fan of white #2 as well, have a wonderful kono fuji in it


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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:05 pm 

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I would love the opportunity to try some white steel. Any idea of the pricepoint on these knives? Im really only interested in trying knives I can afford but really interested in handling some new makers and steels


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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:26 pm 

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Location: NY, NY; New Haven, CT
Also interested!



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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:09 pm 

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I would like to check it out also. Thank you Mark. Bill B


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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
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I'd enjoy the opportunity to try the knife and offer my thoughts.


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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:14 pm 
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I would like to be added to the list please Mark.


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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:52 pm 
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Been awhile since I participated in a passaround, would like to give it a spin.



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 Post subject: Re: New Passaround. Toshi-Hiro Wakui
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:08 pm 
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Just FYI, I own two Wakui knives: a Nakiri 180 and Petty 90. Shiragami #2 with stainless cladding, hairline finish. Kind of beefy ho-wood handles. Anyways, the knives have a really great grind. The petty is great as paring knife since it has a low heel. Nice finish on these blades. The only negative I can come up with is that carrot bits tend to stick to the side of the Nakiri blade. Here are some pictures I have of them compared to some other knives I own: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... sp=sharing.


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