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 Post subject: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 8:26 pm 

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I have, or soon will have, a Kikuichi TKC 210 mm chef's knife in my knife block. I need a utility to complement it. I was thinking of some thing in the 150 mm range such as

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/masamoto- ... knife.html

but it is out of stock. Also considered this one

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hipakn.html

What would be recommended in the $100-150 range? I am not looking for some thing too thin, as I doubt my skills are suitable for a fragile blade. It will be used in a home environment. Thank you for the assistance.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:27 pm 
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CRAIG <> From your explanation, and if it were my house, the Tanaka Sekiso <--link would be my purchase.

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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:23 pm 
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Craig - That Tanaka is a great petty. It is an all reactive blade, no stainless or KU finish for protection. The grind and profile are awesome.

Here are some other possibilities, depending on your stainless/carbon preferences:

Goko White #1 150: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/gokopetty150mm.html. Stainless clad, carbon core.

The Maruyoshi HD 150: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hapakn.html is a nice, all stainless Yo handled option.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:52 am 

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+ 1 on the Tanaka. i love using it to chop and mince garlic. i forced a patina on the knife and it looks cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:11 am 
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Not to be over looked if your not looking for a lot of height.
Takamura Migaki R-2 Petty 150mm http://www.chefknivestogo.com/takamura2.html



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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:30 pm 

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Jeff - Can you give me any information on how fragile the Takamura blade is in use? The specs indicate that it is very thin and I could see myself bending it into a pretzel.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:14 pm 
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OK Craig - I have to ask after that comment :-). What do you see yourself doing to the knife to warrant such concern for durability?


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:36 pm 

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Steve - Thank you for the question. In terms of use of the knife it would be fairly standard home food preparation. Cutting up vegetables, fruits, meats including cutting around, but not through, bone. Nothing out of the ordinary. The statement was made after reading a number of threads discussing thin, "laser" knives and the care needed to not twist the blade, or deform it during cutting. My knife experience is on the durable side of things with hunting and pocket knives, so I was trying to error on the side of caution. Maybe I am misinterpreting the statements and imagining a thin knife like the Takamura to be more fragile than it is in actual use.


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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:03 pm 
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You'd have to do some serious twisting or bending to damage the blade except for the edge I reckon. Edges can be chipped far easier than a "laser" can be bent. Dropped in the sink, a tip can break. Smacked against a bone, the edge can chip. Scraped on the board, an edge can chip. But, to bend a knife, even a laser petty, takes some serious doing in my experience.



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 Post subject: Re: Utility knife to complement Kikuichi TKC
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:10 pm 
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If you could see yourself bending any knife into a pretzel you should be using a crowbar not a knife.



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