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Wedding present...

Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:10 pm

OK, my sister and her boyfriend announced their engagement and pretty much indicated they expect some nice knives from her favorite brother (that would be me). Anyway,

1. Are you right handed? Right.
2. What type of knife are you interested in (gyuto, nakiri etc..) Gyuto and paring or petty, although I could go with a nice santoku in place of the gyuto?
3. What size knife are you looking for? I'm thinking 210mm in a gyuto, a little shorter in a santoku. This is going to be the main knife so I don't want to go too short, either.
4. Do you prefer carbon or stainless steel? For once I'ma say stainless.
5. Do you prefer a western handle or a Japanese handle? Japanese.
6. How much did you want to spend? About $200 for both. I could go higher if I had to but I'm a little broke-ish right now.
7. Do you know how to sharpen? I do, she doesn't, the husband-to-be doesn't either. I'm willing (more like obliged) to touch these up on occasion but I don't want something that's too maintenance intensive.

She likes my tsuchime knives for their looks so I was thinking the Goko, but then again I'd really like to get her a midweight before we get into lasers. So, looking for something relatively sturdy, flashy and low maintenance, if such a beast exists. If I could get a matching small petty to go with it, that would be great.

Re: Wedding present...

Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:12 am

I do like the Goko for this. Hard to beat the knife you'd be giving them.

I can only think of one other knife worth mention. The Masakage Kiri santoku falls under 200 (though not by much) and meets your other requirements. Very pretty knife, honestly. It's going to mean no petty or a price increase, but it's a possible alternative to the Goko.

Re: Wedding present...

Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:54 pm

Not a whole lot in stainless in your price range. The Goko should definitely be on your list to think about.

You could always go with an Artifex, except western handled.
Some others are:
Sugimoto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/su21gy.html
Kaneshige: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kastwagy210.html

Kaneshige is 59HRC, so a little closer to western hardness which should be a little more forgiving in a good way. I might worry if I was giving my sister and brother in law my goko damascus...

These leave you some room to get another knife too. If you think they will both be cooking or preparing things at the same time, consider getting two different knives that they could each use as an all around knife, like a gyuto and a santoku. There was another thread on this recentlt that should help, wedding-gift-sugestions-t6070.html

Re: Wedding present...

Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:31 pm

Dakki - I think the Takayuki Wa AEB-L Damascus 210 Gyuto: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/satadagy210.html fits your requirements nicely. Get that and an Idahone Fine Ceramic honing rod and they'll be all set for a while. For now, there are lots of cheap paring knives/sets from Henckels and such that work fine for the average user.

These are great, economical, and have nice covers also: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/p ... ord=Zyliss. I keep an older serrated model in our kitchen and use it for all sorts of things - very handy.

Re: Wedding present...

Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:31 am


About as close as I can come to a stainless, mid-weight, wa handled, "flashy" (not so much maybe?!?!) gyuto.

Some of the other idea's are good too and mine is out of stock.

The Goko is probably the best knife of the bunch, but it's got a carbon core.

Re: Wedding present...

Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:50 am

I think that is the perfect knife Adam in this situation.
The Tanaka Ginsan 210mm is about the best introductory J-knife for the money. Better knife than the Goko Damscus, much better steel and grind.

Re: Wedding present...

Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:27 am

Adam - that Ginsan is a very good performer for the $. IMO it needs some serious sanding on the choil/neck and spine to make it comfortable to use. Those areas are quite rough OOTB. Once you relieve those areas and put a good edge on it, it's a very nice knife - nice looking too in a more understated sort of way from the Takayuki Hammered Damascus.
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