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 Post subject: Moritaka and Konosuke review
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:02 am 
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So, after a chance to play with them...

The moritaka is a clear win -- had the 150mm Tojiro, which is a great knife, but the Moritaka is in another league. Ligher, harder, and better balanced.

As for the Konosuke, I finally had a chance to sharpen it this morning. Now it qualifies as a scary knife. I put it at 20d included (lowest the edgepro goes), symmetric, and you were right, the chosera stones were fine on it; it was easy to sharpen. Obviously I can't say if it was the *best* choice, but it's an awesome knife, and I'm definitely liking it a lot so far. It'll be interesting to see how the blade holds up and what I think of it in a few weeks.

I also recently got a new toy -- a USB 50x optical microscope, so I'm enclosing pics of the edge after each round on the EdgePro, just in case you're interested. The biggest visible difference is between the 800 and 2k; the transitions between 2k and 5k, and from 5k to 10k are much smaller. However the chromium oxide after 10k made a very noticeable difference. The red region in the pics is a table cloth, and the blue region is painters tape protecting the rest of the blade from scratches.

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 Post subject: Re: Moritaka and Konosuke review
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:41 am 

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OK, now I just have to jump on this one Mark :)

For edge retention the moritaka will win hands down because of the steel. But I've just touched up my kono a lot on my polishing stone for a good two weeks and not a problem. AS does tend to be a little chippy if you take it low such as I do. Sharpness is damn near splitting hairs since both get spooky sharp so both are about equal.

Thinness: For me this is a big one for long hours of use, as in 6 plus. Sorry but, I'm going to vote Kono on this hands down. A laser is a laser. While the moritaka is still a great knife, the thickness of it compared to the kono is night and day. (Have been pondering sending one of my to Shaun for a thinning to see what happens)

Handle: Well since you got new ones for the moritakas, (not mine D shape) that one goes to the Kono again. Lefties at least I have found that it throws off my horizontal slices a little.

Reactivity: Moritaka will win this one. What ever the cladding is, is really reactive. Konos are to but no where as fast.

But at the end of the day both knives are ass-kickers. After I get a new handle for my moritakas that problem will be fixed. Both have and will serve me well, but at the end of the day what it comes down to is if you want a laser or not.


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