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 Post subject: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:10 pm 

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So, apparently this guy Masashi is Yoshida's nephew and was one of the primary smiths at Yoshikane before striking out on his own. Looks like he's making some pretty damn sexy SLD blades to start. Would love to see these on the site:

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In terms of pattern, these almost look like Shigefusa clones done in SLD with a mirror finish. Anyone tried these guys?



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:40 pm 

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There's a review on KKF. Profile seems a bit wider and more rounded than shigefusa, while the geometry seems a bit more laser-esque.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showt ... uto-review


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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:08 pm 

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Great find on that review. Shigs actually get absurdly thin behind the edge as well, and 4mm above the heal is pretty substantial on these Masashi knives. I can see the reviewers gripe with mirror polish, but think that can be solved pretty easily. The images I saw of these knives seem to catch a good bit of convexing from the reflection, but who knows. Either way, even if it's not a true stainless proxy for a Shig, a nearly identical pattern and weight with a convex grind that gets super thin behind the edge using SLD steel from a highly regarded smith all for $350? Sounds like something that wouldn't be in inventory for all that long. I'm actually tempted to grab one myself as my interested is seriously piqued.



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:39 pm 

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I saw the Masashi Kobo's on some-other-site and was intrigued. The blades look super tall, tall enough to put me off when I was considering buying. Seems like a nice big flat spot though, even with the somewhat odd looking tip. I'd say I'm cautiously intrigued, the caution largely because I think they look a bit awkward.


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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:50 pm 

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Yeah, they do seem on the taller end. I think a 240 is like 52mm.



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
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The site I saw them on didn't list blade height, but the pictures made it look at least Addict height, so 55+. If I'm wrong though I sure want to know.


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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:21 pm 

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Yeah, the only comparison picture I saw was a 270mm sitting next to a Shig 270. Looked about 3-4mm taller than the Shig, so was just a guess on my part.



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:22 pm 

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Eeric, you hit it on the nose. Height of the 240mm is 55mm. That be a tall blade.



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
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Thanks Chip.

I'll make some inquiries and see if I can do business with him.



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 Post subject: Re: Masashi Knives
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My contact at the steel mill sells to him and called him yesterday. Sounds like this is going to happen. I'll update as I get more news.



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