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 Post subject: Kohetsu AS Westerns
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:24 pm 
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I just finished up negotiations and gave a firm order for a new line of Kohetsu Aogami Super western handled knives. These should be available in the spring of 2014 and we bought a pretty wide selection considering the numbers they make us buy to get the line off the ground. What we are going to make are:

120 Petty
150 Petty
150 Honesuki
165 Nakiri
180 Santoku
210 Gyuto
240 Gyuto
270 Gyuto
270 Suji

So the obvious question is: why make western kohetsus when we sell Hiromotos? Simple, these will be better knives in 3 important ways: They should be thinner; they will have upgraded mahogany handles that are a big improvement over the Hiros, and they will have better heat treatment with higher HRC. All of these improvements will make the kohetsu western AS line a step above the hiromotos, and if the rumors are true about Hiromoto's 80 year old owner retiring then we will have a better knife to replace the hiros at about the same price. If the rumors are not true, there will be plenty of room on our shelves to sell both of them. This is a big commitment since we promised to purchase 200 of each knife SKU (not all at once) but I'm pretty confident that these should be big sellers if the factory can produce knives that perform in a similar manner as our very popular wa handled knives.

I'll update this when we get closer.

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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:39 pm 
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Nice!!!!



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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
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As long as it doesn't slow down the HAP40 production :D. Good job Mark and anyone else involved in procuring another great line of knives for the customers of CKTG!


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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:26 pm 
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MARK <> Not that I have any interest in yo's, but I still wish you swapped the Honesuki out with a Hankotsu. :cry: Seems much easier to market...



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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:31 pm 
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Such blasphemy to disregard yo handles so easily!! :o



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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
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I don't disregard them; I just don't buy them.



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:) Fair enough!!



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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
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How about something that I do not see on the list …..a slicer…. Petty or Something…. in 180mm-210mm range ? Just curious.


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 Post subject: Re: Kohetsu AS Westerns
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Yes a mid range slicer would be a good ideal. But considering how fast they sell and how many I have to buy to get them to make them, I'll need to see how these go first. If this line sells like I think it will I'll be adding a 210mm petty and maybe a 300mm suji to this list.



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