The AEB-L Richmond laser was the first knife I bought from Mark over a year ago. When I would reach for a knife out of my block, that would almost always be the knife that I would grab. It's great knife and a good value. Subsequently and within a relatively short time period, I purchased the Richmond AS laser and one of the Takeda 240 custom handled ones Mark had. Why did I purchase the AS version and then about a month later the Takeda?
1. Well clearly it's evident that I have a problem (one that appears many on this forum share).
2. I read the reviews and watched the videos for the AS version and got sucked into the hype. (Thanks a lot Mr. "KnifeFanatic")
3. As far as the Takeda, about the time I purchased the AS I was starting to think that I really wanted to get a more "custom" piece, and out of serendipity, Mark had posted these custom handled Takedas on the "What's new" section of the website. Funding happened to be available so I grabbed one. A hand forged "Aogami Super Steel" blade from a well respected master blacksmith with a beautiful custom handle. Some call it coincidence, I call it fate.
That was my last purchase. When I proudly displayed my new purchase to my wife, she simply said "I thought you already had a knife".
I just stared at her blankly while in my mind I laughed my a** off for 20 mins. Luckily my inner filter kicked in and I didn't say what I was thinking which was "Next time you are buying a new pair of shoes I'll mention that I thought you already had 1 pair of high heels".
Originally I was thinking of selling my original AEB-L to help subsidize the cost of my new *tools*.
My AS and Takeda had been sitting on my cutting board since I don't have room for them in my block (yet). I recently went on a trip and had put them in a drawer. When I came back from my trip I needed to prep some potatoes for dinner, I just grabbed my AEB-L out of the block since it was handy. At that point I realized it would be an absolute shame to get rid of it. I cuts like a dream and is easy maintenance and feels so agile I then pulled out my AS and my Takeda and finished prepping the potatoes using them all for comparison. Each of them has a very distinctive feel and I truly enjoy them all. Although I must say, I actually the most comfortable with the AEB-L. It's kind of hard to put my finger on why, maybe because I had been using it for a lot longer than the other 2.
So I still have plenty of love for the AEB-L version. What can I say, I'm a "giver".
And I do have a problem.
But I"m not alone here, and you know who you are!
Todd in Chicago
P.S. And in the end, just as a side note, my wife can buy as many high heels as she wants, I'm jus' sayin'...!!