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bechler
01-16-2013, 06:23 PM
I am looking at a few knives and the Nenox line seems nice but I can't see them being worth the price.

JasonD
01-16-2013, 06:38 PM
I think so, yeah. They're sort of the well-known "designer" brand, if you will. So you'll be paying a premium for the name. Not bad knives though.

jgraeff
01-16-2013, 06:48 PM
Most def over priced. If I had extra money I'd get one to try it and it looks nice but from what I've read/head you can get much better performance knives even on the $300 range maybe even less.

Zwiefel
01-16-2013, 06:56 PM
IIRC, I was looking at these seriously but ended up getting the Suisin Inox Honyaki instead...very glad I made that choice instead. A choice in large measure due to the folks on KKF.

mpukas
01-16-2013, 06:57 PM
Funny this just came up - I just watched a snippet of an old ICA and Morimoto was on. He and his crew had Nenox knives - look cool, shiny and bling on TV. I've never heard anyone say they are bad, but no one ever says they are great.

Pensacola Tiger
01-16-2013, 06:59 PM
The same could be said for almost any knife. You are getting involved in price vs value, and the value of a thing (a knife in this case) will vary according to the buyer. If you think they are overpriced, then they are, for you. I worked with a guy who though I was nuts for buying a $150 gyuto; he bought $20 Dexter-Russell knives and threw them away when they got dull.

If you thirst after a Nenox, keep your eyes open on the B/S/T. A bargain priced 270 gyuto just sold there. You can be sure there will be more, over time.

Rick

Lucretia
01-16-2013, 07:24 PM
Are there particular makers whose knives perform similarly? I've wondered about Nenox myself, but have never seen/handled one in person.

Pensacola Tiger
01-16-2013, 07:43 PM
Are there particular makers whose knives perform similarly? I've wondered about Nenox myself, but have never seen/handled one in person.

The Hattori Forum knives come the closest, in profile, geometry and steel.

tkern
01-16-2013, 07:50 PM
A few years ago when I decided I needed a higher quality knife than my Mundial, I was almost going to get a Nenox G type then a forum member (before I was on the forums) told me about the FH. I looked into it more and decided the FH was an equal knife at a better price with a more comfortable handle.

Vertigo
01-16-2013, 08:24 PM
The Hattori Forum knives come the closest, in profile, geometry and steel.
Well, maybe not in steel, (http://zknives.com/knives/steels/steelgraph.php?nm=vg1,vg10) eh?

stevenStefano
01-16-2013, 08:26 PM
Did Hattori not make some Nenox knives? Or was it only the damascus ones?

deanb
01-16-2013, 08:41 PM
I have both the Hattori and Nenox in 270mm. They are comparable except the Nenox is twice as expensive IIRC.

ajhuff
01-16-2013, 09:27 PM
I love my Nenox petty. My favorite knife. I have never considered it overpriced. YMMV.

-AJ

Crothcipt
01-16-2013, 09:34 PM
I had always thought Nenox was high priced just because of the finish on the handles. I may be wrong, but they do put a lot in the handles, even the cheaper ones.

I have never seen one in person so I prob. am talking out my @$#. Hmmm maybe we should have a Nenox passaround.

kalaeb
01-16-2013, 10:34 PM
What steel is the Nenox?

Pensacola Tiger
01-16-2013, 10:41 PM
What steel is the Nenox?

Gator claims it's VG1, but that has been disputed. Nenohi just says it is "proprietary high carbon steel".

Crothcipt
01-17-2013, 05:13 PM
good to know chef. I'm glad someone here has said something about the steel.

Seth
01-17-2013, 06:01 PM
http://zknives.com/knives/kitchen/ktknv/nenox/nenoxgy270.shtml

I have a white corian 150 which is a nice knife - way overpriced. I think there are better knives to be had in that price range.

El Pescador
01-17-2013, 06:22 PM
"Are Nenox knives over priced?" Yes. VG steel with a so-so grind. Dave does a rehandle for $175(?)...

Gator
01-18-2013, 10:13 PM
VG-1 or not, Nenox hoyaki I've had was unable to keep up with VG-10 steel. If you're looking for the quality/design brand recognition then it might be worth it, but if you're looking for performance then it's severely overpriced, IMHO of course.

Info about VG-1 came from long discussions and guesses on KF back then.