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Kumar
02-12-2013, 09:21 PM
This is for a friend, her Birthday is coming up and she has previously expressed interest in owning a nice Chef's Knife or Santoku. She really likes the look of Damascus knives, so looking for something in that side of things. This will only be used for home cooking, meat and veggies.

I was thinking of the Hattori HD lines but currently they are sold out of the Santoku and 210mm Gyuto on JCK. They don't expect them to be available until end of Feb.

What other recommendations would you have?

Budget is around 200$

Thanks!

rdpx
02-12-2013, 09:37 PM
These ones are pretty whacked out! No idea what they are like, but JCK generally seems to sell good stuff. They also do them with regular wood handles for $20 less or so [just look through the "Shiki" section]

http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/SHIKIDamascusSeries.html#SHIKIDamascusPremium

These have a pretty damascus effect but go $60 over your budget...

http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/TenmiJyurakuDamascusSeries.html#WIDTH:%20400px;%20 HEIGHT:%20184px

You could also google "jck damascus" and you should be able to find all the ones they sell there.....

Let us know what you go for!

chinacats
02-12-2013, 09:40 PM
Welcome!

cclin
02-12-2013, 11:05 PM
Tanaka Sekiso Damascus with blue#2 or ginsanko(silver#3) steel! both steels are better than VG10...if she ok to take care carbon steel go with Blue#2; if she prefer stainless than buy the ginsanko(silver#3). price is all under $200 from santoku to 240mm gyuto. Tanaka Damascus isn't just pretty blade, it really a great cutter with good edge retention and easy sharpening! Tanaka knife's choil maybe little rough, all you need is little work with sand paper.

Kumar
02-12-2013, 11:41 PM
It would definitely have to be stainless and not carbon. Couldn't see Ginsanko options for Tanaka Sekiso here: http://www.**************.com/tanakadamascus.html

Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming!

don
02-13-2013, 12:59 AM
Tanakas also available here: http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/product-list/5

El Pescador
02-13-2013, 01:06 AM
Email Koki (the owner of JCK) and tell him what you are looking for. He'll find you something. Give it a shot.


This is for a friend, her Birthday is coming up and she has previously expressed interest in owning a nice Chef's Knife or Santoku. She really likes the look of Damascus knives, so looking for something in that side of things. This will only be used for home cooking, meat and veggies.

I was thinking of the Hattori HD lines but currently they are sold out of the Santoku and 210mm Gyuto on JCK. They don't expect them to be available until end of Feb.

What other recommendations would you have?

Budget is around 200$

Thanks!

eaglerock
02-13-2013, 02:42 AM
What about gekko from jck?

Salty dog
02-13-2013, 05:12 AM
Togiharu from Korin

BruceMcK
02-13-2013, 07:44 AM
On the left side of the main JCK page there is an option to search by steel & blade type - you can filter to only show only damascus stainless steel knives. They show 17 different western handled damascus SS knife series, from inexpensive to very spendy.

http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/SearchedBySteelandBladeType.html#WesternDamascusSt ainless

cclin
02-13-2013, 08:36 AM
Togiharu from Korin
+1, I'm agree! this one is good knife to consider.....INOX stainless steel with good f/f

don
02-13-2013, 10:23 AM
+1, I'm agree! this one is good knife to consider.....INOX stainless steel with good f/f

The togiharu hammered Damascus is a pretty knife. It's been written up as a holiday gift option a few times, if that's important to you or her:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/togiharu-chefs-knife-6619902

Kumar
02-13-2013, 07:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I went for the JCK Inazuma 210mm Gyuto
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/IN-4.jpg

Looks wise it was good. If she likes it, I will look at a more higher end Damascus next year!

rdpx
02-13-2013, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I went for the JCK Inazuma 210mm Gyuto
http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/IN-4.jpg

Looks wise it was good. If she likes it, I will look at a more higher end Damascus next year!

It's showing as SOLD OUT - you must have got the last one!!

Kumar
02-14-2013, 12:32 AM
I did not get the last one :(

Koki just told me they were sold out before my order was processed.

Timthebeaver
02-14-2013, 03:57 AM
If you are sold on getting that knife (an excellent choice given the preferences you specified) - it's made by Kanetsune Seki. A search for "Kanetsune damascus KC 023" should help.

keithsaltydog
02-14-2013, 03:38 PM
I like the Tojiharu,that Togi damascus is a nice looking blade at a fair price fr. Korin.I gave my niece a Togiharu Inox thin profile when a 240 cost only 100.00,now they cost more.Her blade has held up well cooking for 2 adults & 3 little ones.It is easy to sharpen too.She loves it,not mentioned much here much but a solid performer.

Kumar
02-14-2013, 06:12 PM
The Togi is western handle, prefer a wa handle, but I will keep it as an option. Knives do look good.

augerpro
02-14-2013, 07:19 PM
Is there any relation between the Inazuma and Sakai Takayuki? The blades look identical.