View Full Version : FS: Marko 250mm practice gyuto in 52100 with chestnut handle and basswood sheath

03-26-2013, 02:11 PM
Might be the first Marko practice knife on the BST. So far, this knife is the best pure cutter I've used. Cuts through most things with zero effort and almost no effort on huge turnips, carrots, etc. (if you keep the tip down, heel up, and push cut forward). Anything that sticks comes off easily. Marko's 52100 is also really great: it's almost like stainless in terms of reactivity now that I have a patina on it (mustard+a little bit of use), and it holds an edge really well. The knife is fairly light at 154g and the profile is pretty flat near the back, so it's not the best I've used for rock chopping. Not sure what else to add in terms of performance, I'm sure you all have read the reviews of the various stages of Marko's knives. This is a fairly recently refinished practice knife.

Used lightly for a few months. Sharpened only once and the bevel is really thin, because the grind is very thin behind the edge. Very stable patina. A chestnut handle installed by Mike Henry with a little epoxy. A homemade, well-oiled sheath made out of basswood with a homemade walnut pin (see the last pictures for tips on using the sheath).

Edge length heel to tip: 249-250mm
Height at heel: a hair over 50mm
Spine at heel: ~3mm
Spine at midpoint: ~2mm
Spine ~1" behind tip: little over 1mm
Thickness ~1/2" above edge at heel: ~1mm

Price: I want to get back close to what I put in considering that I've added a handle and sheath to this knife. 255 USD shipped CONUS with tracking. Insurance is extra (I can't be responsible for covering the package out of pocket if you don't get insurance). I'll throw in a free jar of homemade board butter (if I can find it) with this knife.

patina shots
a few choil shots
handle joint
I didn't make the cavity perfectly unfortunately, so when putting the sheath on, lightly push the spine into the part of the sheath that it contacts (towards my thumb in this picture) to make the knife fit all the way in. You'll get it without thinking after a few tries.
Push with your thumb like in this picture to get the knife out, it's the easiest way.

03-26-2013, 02:16 PM
wow, this shouldn't take long

03-26-2013, 02:21 PM
is this a test? Let's get those stop watches going

03-26-2013, 02:26 PM
Haha. I've got one PM. I'll update the thread when I receive payment.

03-26-2013, 02:37 PM
I am glad it's gone. :happymug:

03-26-2013, 02:38 PM
Sold in 10 minutes. Not a record, but not bad. :D

Steel in Texas
03-26-2013, 02:42 PM
phew... thanks whoever you are!

03-26-2013, 02:51 PM
phew... thanks whoever you are!


03-26-2013, 03:04 PM
I was really tempted and glad that I did not give in. lol
looking at the pictures, I can tell it's a real cutter having all the right component (thin behind the edge, distal taper, slight convex).

Congrats to the buyer.

03-26-2013, 03:23 PM
phew... thanks whoever you are!


03-26-2013, 05:27 PM
Mixed blessing having to work. Marko does beautiful work. Someday soon. Congratulations on the sale and new purchase.

Marko Tsourkan
03-26-2013, 07:29 PM
The profile on that knife was a little on a flatter side, so if the new owner would like to send it in, I will reprofile (and refinish it) at no charge, just pay for the shipping.


03-26-2013, 07:31 PM
That's a nice offer!

03-26-2013, 07:33 PM
The profile on that knife was a little on a flatter side, so if the new owner would like to send it in, I will reprofile (and refinish it) at no charger, just pay for the shipping.


Damn.... Above and beyond service... "No product with your name shall be imperfect" - which is huge compliment btw!

Marko Tsourkan
03-26-2013, 07:37 PM
First and foremost, it's my knife, so it's not unreasonable to offer some perks to owners, whether they are first, or second, or third. Anyway, the offer stands. I would have written it on PM, but I don't know who got it.


03-26-2013, 08:25 PM
And Marko that is why I am sad I was at work and didnt get this knife, and one day in the near future will own one of your beautiful knives...or two or....

03-26-2013, 08:58 PM
Really nice of you, Marko. I'm shipping this to you tomorrow morning.