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jai
04-19-2013, 12:51 PM
if you had $1500 that you could only spend on a knife what would you buy and why would you buy it? very interested to hear the responses from you guys thanks!

Mingooch
04-19-2013, 01:28 PM
to get the ones I really want, sadly I would need to keep saving. A rader, a DT.

ajhuff
04-19-2013, 02:13 PM
Rader.

-AJ

Jmadams13
04-19-2013, 02:29 PM
Harner, extra tall, 270mm, preferable clipped tip. Not sure if the 1500 would cover it though. Or talk him into doing me a cleaver. Hmm... Now you got me thinking. Next time I see him I might have to talk to him, and bribe him with some f my beer.

Pensacola Tiger
04-19-2013, 02:52 PM
Harner, extra tall, 270mm, preferable clipped tip. Not sure if the 1500 would cover it though. Or talk him into doing me a cleaver. Hmm... Now you got me thinking. Next time I see him I might have to talk to him, and bribe him with some f my beer.

You mean like this?

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Harner%20Kiritsuke-Gyuto/file_zps4f54345d.jpg

G-rat
04-19-2013, 02:56 PM
I could be wrong on the numbers but as far as I know $1500 would maybe cover 3 from Devin. 270 gyuto, 210 petty, 85mm paring all in monosteel. Mystery carbon on the gyuto and on the suji/petty and aeb-l on the paring knife.

Lefty
04-19-2013, 03:20 PM
You could get a couple Harners for that quid.

Personally, I don't know what I'd do. 6 names come to mind, though.

apicius9
04-19-2013, 03:32 PM
I am too cheap to spend that kind of cash on only one knife. And I probably wouldn't notice the difference between a $400 and a $1500 knife anyway. So, I'd get a decent 300mm yanagi, always liked the Watanabes but might let Jon talk me into alternatives. For the rest, i would hope to get 2 gyutos from some of the makers here on the forum, although I really would have problems to choose which makers I would give priority, they all look good in their own way.

Stefan

echerub
04-19-2013, 03:35 PM
Hmm. Not much left that I want to get. Probably use that money to buy a few nice natural whetstones.

Jmadams13
04-19-2013, 03:43 PM
You mean like this?

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Harner%20Kiritsuke-Gyuto/file_zps4f54345d.jpg

Yup. But if he' be willing, maybe a tad taller.

TB_London
04-19-2013, 03:48 PM
Stainless damascus clad, high carbon core gyuto from Will

Lefty
04-19-2013, 03:52 PM
7 names

ejd53
04-19-2013, 04:01 PM
Slowly working through the list :knife::bliss:

cclin
04-19-2013, 04:11 PM
Harner, extra tall, 270mm, preferable clipped tip. Not sure if the 1500 would cover it though. Or talk him into doing me a cleaver. Hmm... Now you got me thinking. Next time I see him I might have to talk to him, and bribe him with some f my beer.
few months ago, Harner give me a quote for extra tall, thick spine (Nakiri-cleaver) with wa handle about $900~1000...
for me, I want "DT 52100 Damascus with Rader's forged-integral handle & Marko's saya" or "Bill Burke blade with Rader's handle & Marko's saya" or "Tsukasa Hinoura Damascus with traditional Japanese Urushi/Makie handle+saya"

SpikeC
04-19-2013, 04:33 PM
Burke, Devin, Micheal, something with a feather pattern, maybe?

Justin0505
04-19-2013, 04:37 PM
I asked myself that question a few years ago and ended up with an amazing knife from Rader at a price and wait that is probably a thing of the past...

I've been on the Hoss's and Bill's WL's for going on 2 years now and I doubt $1500 will cover what I have in mind from either of them.

I know your initial question was for 1 knife, but I don't think that I could think of a better value than splitting between the money between the 3 M's of Martell, Marko, and Mario. You might even have enough leftover to buy some food to cut up.

Jmadams13
04-19-2013, 04:38 PM
Thanks CClin. Might have to send an email tomorrow. His shop is less than 10 mins from me, so it would be convenient

RobinW
04-19-2013, 04:41 PM
few months ago, Harner give me a quote for extra tall, thick spine (Nakiri-cleaver) with wa handle about $900~1000...


Glad i got in early...

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k604/Rob98765/Collection/IMG_9302.jpg

WildBoar
04-19-2013, 05:26 PM
$1,500, and spend it all on one knife... Well, that is not enough for a DT or BB dammy knife, but should net you great gyuto or suji in monosteel or san mai. For something more artsy (Damascus + carving, etching, etc.), I'd go to Randy Haas, although I'm not sure if $1,500 gets you to a 240/ 270. As others have stated above, plenty of other great makers for far less then $1,500; frankly at that price point you are paying $750+ for bling. For me, I'd split the $1,500 between several of the custom makers and get a few non-dammy knives.

WiscoNole
04-19-2013, 05:36 PM
KS Honyaki 240 gyuto, for the perfect blade shape with added performance.

jai
04-19-2013, 05:54 PM
KS Honyaki 240 gyuto, for the perfect blade shape with added performance.

+1

GlassEye
04-19-2013, 06:15 PM
Jin

TamanegiKin
04-19-2013, 10:19 PM
Gesshin Ginga 240 western honyaki gyuto w/white mycarta handle or gesshin hide 270 honyaki wa gyuto.

NO ChoP!
04-19-2013, 11:17 PM
That black honyaki on the Nenohi home page looks pretty sweet!

orange
04-19-2013, 11:18 PM
nenohi honyaki yanagiba

Zwiefel
04-19-2013, 11:23 PM
I'd probably have a long discussion with a customer maker about current collection and preferences...then tell them to surprise me.

Probably DT given my recent experience there....and a peek at some of his work in person.

panda
04-20-2013, 12:09 AM
i'd try to do some kind of full custom. konosuke g3 steel with DT heat treat, masamoto do the grind/profile, dave martell do the wa handle (treated cherry wood, mahogany ferrule)
250mm from heel to tip

Mike9
04-20-2013, 12:35 AM
So many custom makers here it would not be hard to do - well the choosing would be hard, but hey that's why they invented the quarter right? Heads 1 wins, tails 1 looses. Off the top of my head I can't see myself owning a $1500 knife although I own guitars and amps worth more than that. Hmmm . . . I'll have to rethink my priorities I guess - :lol2:

Lefty
04-20-2013, 01:33 AM
Thanks CClin. Might have to send an email tomorrow. His shop is less than 10 mins from me, so it would be convenient

If I lived ten minutes from Butch, I'd be there every day, just like that annoying neighbor kid who decides to crawl under your car on the passenger side, when you're underneath it on the driver's side reattaching a mount, in turn scaring the total crap out of you, causing you to drop a damned torque wrench on your face!

chuck239
04-20-2013, 01:41 AM
Gesshin Ginga 240 western honyaki gyuto w/white mycarta handle or gesshin hide 270 honyaki wa gyuto.

Hey those are my knives! (Minus the micarta handle). But yes, those would be 2 of my top choices! And a Burke or rader as my American picks.

jigert
04-20-2013, 02:10 AM
Glad i got in early...

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k604/Rob98765/Collection/IMG_9302.jpg
Vafalls, Robin! You have a Harner cleaver? That or the the gyuto-itsuke Rick has would be my way to go for sure, if I had that kind of money !

zitangy
04-20-2013, 02:38 AM
My choice wld be either

Top choice..

1. A William Catheside custom damascus chinese chef's knife to my specs. Damascus knife calls for extra work, knowledge and skill. I have no complaints whatsoever as to his workmanship save for the occassional "happy accident". I have collected his earlier pieces and also the recent ones and noted his development in knife making. Must say that he has a very steep learning curve and he experiments quite a fair bit. His cutting videos is also a reminder of his progress and determination. Come to think of it, which other knife maker makes their own cutting videos for the respective pieces? I must look up this point.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/9336-Composite-damascus-cleaver-WIP

Since the mighty British Pound is high these these, it has to be clobbered in due due course to fit in the price range.

On my bucket list is to go and do the finial assembly and grinding of a knife. This wld be my choice

2, HHH. Million layer damascus. As it wld be a true conversational piece. Literally , you got to put alot of sweat into it. I still admire the 68,000 layer Catcheside Petty

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/4205-240mm-Damascus-Petty-available

Justin beat me to it for the feather version. Both of us are waiting for either one of us to sell to each other.

Have fun..

rgds
d

sharkbite111
04-20-2013, 10:05 AM
$1500? 3 inches from Bob Kramer :( Not sure he makes a paring knife...

Chris

mhlee
04-20-2013, 02:16 PM
Hey those are my knives! (Minus the micarta handle). But yes, those would be 2 of my top choices! And a Burke or rader as my American picks.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You're always ruining it for the rest of us, aren't you, Chuck? :razz:

wenus2
04-20-2013, 02:28 PM
$1500? 3 inches from Bob Kramer :( Not sure he makes a paring knife...

Chris

Sounds like a disappointing date. :tease:

Dream Burls
04-20-2013, 02:30 PM
Sounds like a disappointing date. :tease:
This might be the best reply on KKF I've ever seen. LMAO!

ajhuff
04-20-2013, 05:39 PM
Rader.

-AJ

But truthfully, if I had $1500 I'd be happy with the knives I already own and I'd buy another motorcycle.

-AJ

Marko Tsourkan
04-20-2013, 06:35 PM
I would buy 75Lb of PM stainless steel. Should be good for about 70 knives. Good ones.

M

sharkbite111
04-20-2013, 09:12 PM
Sounds like a disappointing date. :tease:

LOL!! too funny

Chris

Von blewitt
04-21-2013, 03:01 AM
Heiji Maguro bocho

kinkoz
04-21-2013, 03:29 AM
I will buy round trip air tickets to Japan for $1200, and pick up a knife for $300, and come back home.... LOL :doublethumbsup:

stopbarking
04-21-2013, 04:26 AM
Catcheside San Mai 270 Gyuto with virtually no belly.
HHH Damascus (Haas Choice) 150 petty with a pretty tall heel almost like a honesuki. Double bevel.

JKerr
04-21-2013, 06:58 AM
Maybe a Jin deba from JKI, Shigefusa chuckabocho, Sugimoto SHM knives. Perhaps a mix of the green bone handled nenox knives; I've been lusting over those since I seen them, but there's no way I can justify the cost. I think I'd probably blow it on knives I've been curious about rather than the tried and tested.

Either that or a couple rhino chops, it's all good.

Cheers,
Josh

Amon-Rukh
04-22-2013, 01:26 AM
With the qualification of spending it all on a single knife, I'd probably give Mr. Rader a call.

Crothcipt
04-22-2013, 02:03 AM
Either that or a couple rhino chops, it's all good.

Cheers,
Josh

:scared2::sofa::peepwall::yuck::spitcoffee:

eaglerock
04-22-2013, 04:14 AM
2 Shigefusa then rehandle them. stones with the change :D

pkjames
04-23-2013, 02:28 AM
taking the advantage of low japanese yen, i just made a purchase of 4 kasumi shigs, 300 yanagi, 240 gyuto, 210 usaba, 180 deba. added up to about $1600, $100 over budget:D

cclin
04-23-2013, 02:35 AM
I will buy round trip air tickets to Japan for $1200, and pick up a knife for $300, and come back home.... LOL :doublethumbsup:


2 Shigefusa then rehandle them. stones with the change :D


taking the advantage of low japanese yen, i just made a purchase of 4 kasumi shigs, 300 yanagi, 240 gyuto, 210 usaba, 180 deba. added up to about $1600, $100 over budget:D

all you guys broken the rule! OP said "spend $1500 on one knife":groucho:

zitangy
04-23-2013, 03:30 AM
taking the advantage of low japanese yen, i just made a purchase of 4 kasumi shigs, 300 yanagi, 240 gyuto, 210 usaba, 180 deba. added up to about $1600, $100 over budget:D

thats very smart of you... the yen exchange rate has depreciated from USD1 =76 yen Sept 2012. Currently the rate is about USD1 =close to 99yen. When the market was booming.. the prices of steel has rocketed and so did the Knife makers in spite of their stronger Yen. In nspite of the drop in steel prices they didnt adjust their price downwards. Thus they need not adjust their prices with their weaker yen and still be profitable... for time being.

IN other words, suppliers buying new stocks wld get it cheaper or you buy directly in Japan you get the killer discount.. courtesy of the exchange rate; thanks to "Abenomics"

Come to think of it made in Japan Goods shld be cheaper and the Koreans are bitching abt the exchange rate.

Out of interest.. in late 1980s the exchange rate was USD1 =240Yen!! it has appreciated significantly.

rgds
d

pkjames
04-23-2013, 07:48 AM
all you guys broken the rule! OP said "spend $1500 on one knife":groucho:

my bad.:bigeek::lol2:
i think Mr. Doi's honyaki yanagi would be high on my list

Seth
04-23-2013, 08:36 AM
I kind of like that giant shig usuba that Maxim has. BTW, this is a kind of wish thread and if you have something that someone here wants, you have to send to them!.... Now! Those are interweb rules.

marc4pt0
04-23-2013, 09:16 AM
maybe a good starting point for trying to bribe a certain forum member out of his DT feather Damascus scimitar ....:sofa:

Jmadams13
04-23-2013, 10:25 AM
Glad i got in early...

http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k604/Rob98765/Collection/IMG_9302.jpg

Passaround on that cleaver, lol. Might solidify where my tax return is going...

JPizzzle
04-24-2013, 12:16 PM
$1500 can barely buy 1" of a bob kramer custom. $15,000 is more realistic if you want a high quality kitchen knife. :happymug: :knife:

Marko Tsourkan
04-24-2013, 12:32 PM
$1500 can barely buy 1" of a bob kramer custom. $15,000 is more realistic if you want a high quality kitchen knife. :happymug: :knife:

Please define "high-quality". Is Kramer going to cut 30x better than a $500 high-quality knife?

If going by pure performance, one is paying 14.5K for the name, labor and skill it takes produce the steel, and collector's value perhaps, and the rest for quality and performance.

It is possible I don't understand what high-quality is, as I look at knives through the prism of performance rather than appearance.

Dream Burls
04-24-2013, 12:47 PM
Please define "high-quality". Is Kramer going to cut 30x better than a $500 high-quality knife?

If going by pure performance, one is paying 14.5K for the name, labor and skill it takes produce the steel, and collector's value perhaps, and the rest for quality and performance.

It is possible I don't understand what high-quality is, as I look at knives through the prism of performance rather than appearance.
+1

Zwiefel
04-24-2013, 12:50 PM
I look at knives through the prism of performance rather than appearance.

hmmmm....you seem to think that knives are tools that have a specific function in the scope of accomplishing a larger objective. :happymug:

Me too....but pretty is OK...and you do pretty quite well.

JPizzzle
04-24-2013, 01:02 PM
Please define "high-quality". Is Kramer going to cut 30x better than a $500 high-quality knife?

If going by pure performance, one is paying 14.5K for the name, labor and skill it takes produce the steel, and collector's value perhaps, and the rest for quality and performance.

It is possible I don't understand what high-quality is, as I look at knives through the prism of performance rather than appearance.

Geez, guys I was :justkidding: lol

Crothcipt
04-24-2013, 01:09 PM
I have been pondering this for about a month now. I recently received a small sum of money, and have been wondering if I wanted to get something at about that range. But there is many bills yet to pay so I will be thinking for a while.

Marko Tsourkan
04-24-2013, 03:30 PM
I do think that knives are tools first and foremost, and each of the makers has our own idea of aesthetic appeal - some call it rustic and skip a few steps, and some go to a various length finishing a blade or doing intricate handles that are more for an appearance than for utility (for instance handles that look great but are uncomfortable or too small).

I thought that qualities like steel, HT, profile, geometry, ergonomics of a handle, fit and finish etc. are given for a quality knife, but maybe not. It tools world, it's simple - the best performing tools get the best reputation.

WildBoar
04-24-2013, 04:45 PM
I think the issue is kitchen knives can be artwork in addition to being tools. In fact, some are mainly artwork, and have poor tool-related utility. I think you should only exceed $500-700 for a handmade monosteel gyuto because you have chosen to add artistic elements. Maybe you could argue san mai construction is a performance enhancement that is worth some extra $$$ beyond that, but Damascus, mokume, carvings, exotic handle materials, etc. are extra $$$ items on top of the base "tool price" that should only be added because the buyer wants those additions of handmade art. Is the value of these items worth the extra cost? Hard to say, as each potential future buyer in the used market will put their own value on things like that.

mpukas
04-25-2013, 07:10 PM
This (http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/gesshin-1/gesshin-hide/gesshin-hide-270mm-blue-1-honyaki-wa-gyuto-special-project.html)