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panda
06-30-2013, 07:49 PM
Has been thinned and rehandled.
5 spots, 2 already reserved.
please only respond if you are seriously considering getting one as a workhorse in pro environment. The 3 remaining slots will be hand picked. Sorry guys, USA only.

Crothcipt
06-30-2013, 08:04 PM
Wouldn't mind trying out. Was thinking about this one for my next acquisition.

labor of love
07-01-2013, 03:12 PM
Panda, you know I would like to test it out.

cheflarge
07-01-2013, 03:40 PM
Very Interested!

jared08
07-01-2013, 05:59 PM
Id like to try it

jgraeff
07-02-2013, 04:34 PM
i would be interested as well, have always wanted to try a tanaka

panda
07-05-2013, 03:47 AM
and it's started! going first to k-fed.

please note that this has had a lot of work done, ie definitely not stock form. spine and choil were rounded and considerable amount of thinning all done by member knyfeknerd. i've put a lot of use with this thing over the course, last sharpening was jns 1000 and synthetic aoto a week ago. feel free to sharpen, but please don't alter the geometry as i love how it cuts as is. fyi, responds quite well to ceramic rod and strops.

would appreciate feedback in this thread from each leg of the pass.

panda
07-08-2013, 05:09 AM
craig, clear your inbox!

panda
07-08-2013, 07:40 PM
also, please insure for $300 during shipping.

labor of love
07-09-2013, 01:04 AM
inbox clear

K-Fed
07-11-2013, 02:21 PM
Got the knife today. I really dig the look of it. It is very close to my DT ITK in profile. The grind reminds me of the Zakuri that I had, which is a good thing, as I pretty much knew how it would cut before ever doing so. I did slice up a room temp potato, very easy, no sticking, not surprising given the grind. I do really like knives ground like this as they feel like they separate food rather than glide through it and it's nice to have that in stainless as the only gripe I had with my zakuri was the reactivity of the cladding. Very cool knife so far.

K-Fed
07-13-2013, 10:59 AM
Here she is shown with my dt itk for comparo'
http://i.imgur.com/j4NRfvv.jpg
and resting on a pile of parsley
http://i.imgur.com/5o3j8n4.jpg

panda
07-13-2013, 01:02 PM
will you be writing up a comparison review? i had an itk 270 as well. loving the last pic.

K-Fed
07-13-2013, 09:34 PM
Yeah. I will be I guess. Ive tried to use them side by side as the itk is the closest knife I've got as far as the profile and balance goes. I really dig the tanaka a lot. Bit I can tell how much work must have gone in to it. Everything is nicely rounded. It really is a great workhorse of a knife.

labor of love
07-15-2013, 12:50 PM
Yeah. I will be I guess. Ive tried to use them side by side as the itk is the closest knife I've got as far as the profile and balance goes. I really dig the tanaka a lot. Bit I can tell how much work must have gone in to it. Everything is nicely rounded. It really is a great workhorse of a knife.

kfed, can you do a dt, tanaka side by side choil shot?

K-Fed
07-15-2013, 04:15 PM
sure I'll do my best to get one done.

panda
07-15-2013, 05:17 PM
hehe, they're all out of stock now. i just hope who ever bought them up don't freak out when they see that OOTB it has crap fit & finish and needs lots of stone work. the stock handle is not bad though if you like d shape which i dont, except the one on shig.

K-Fed
07-15-2013, 05:52 PM
I emailed the vendor, Takeshi?, at metal master and he said it was only a 5 dollar up charge to change it to an octagonal handle. Not bad at all. And.... ask and ye' shall receive...

First up is my early run DT ITK.
http://i.imgur.com/5ZRD0hD.jpg

And the tanaka.
http://i.imgur.com/uXM26kA.jpg

labor of love
07-15-2013, 07:00 PM
very nice, thanks kfed.

Mike9
07-18-2013, 10:20 PM
Nice looking knife

brainsausage
07-18-2013, 10:53 PM
Friggin pist I missed out on this one. If only so I could critique Jacob's work;)

brainsausage
07-18-2013, 11:26 PM
Ah crap- I mixed up my forum handles again, sorry Chris...

EdipisReks
07-18-2013, 11:32 PM
Ah crap- I mixed up my forum handles again, sorry Chris...

did you mean me? i have a fourth Heiji coming to me, i'd be happy to let you critique my sharpening again. :)

brainsausage
07-19-2013, 02:36 AM
did you mean me? i have a fourth Heiji coming to me, i'd be happy to let you critique my sharpening again. :)

I did mean you, but I'm turning into my grandma when it comes to names.

HEIJI YOU SAY...? FOURTH OF SUCH YOU SAY? GIMME!!!!!

brainsausage
07-19-2013, 02:57 AM
Just pulled an accidental hi jack, apologies. Feel free to negate those last couple posts mods.

panda
07-19-2013, 03:44 AM
the sharpening i did myself, but i'm pretty sure by the time it gets to you someone else will have put a new edge on.

brainsausage
07-19-2013, 03:56 AM
By Jacob's work, I meant Chris's work, and by Chris's work- I meant his thinning and such.

panda
07-19-2013, 04:14 AM
ahh, he did a hell of a job! uses broken pieces of stone as finger stones to do it too, talk about painstaking work. nice rounding of spine and choil as well. handle was made by someone else but did the install. i was there when he had to bore out the hole with a hand file, i felt bad while sipping on beer as he's pushing and pulling at it, lol.

K-Fed
07-21-2013, 09:51 PM
Put a fresh edge on her and going to ship it out tomorrow. Ill post my thoughts tomorrow but I will say the edge retention is pretty damn good. On par with my tkc's and almost as good as my suisin IH's. pretty spectacular given the low price point.

K-Fed
07-23-2013, 10:58 PM
Got her in the mail today. Should make it to LOL in a couple days.

labor of love
07-27-2013, 01:10 AM
i recieved the tanaka yesterday,safe and sound. really worked it today, im pretty impressed so far. i want to get more time with it before i go into detail. but i will say this much, its definitely a great knife especially for the price. thanks again panda for doing this pass around.

Crothcipt
08-06-2013, 01:26 AM
Where is this now??

labor of love
08-07-2013, 12:39 AM
sorry, i still got it. im sending it your way thursday.

Crothcipt
08-07-2013, 02:22 AM
Np. I was just curious. I am planning on leaving home for a couple weeks, and didn't want it to be sitting in my mailbox for all that time.

labor of love
08-07-2013, 11:09 AM
I definitely don't mind holding on to it for another 2 weeks lol! But yeah, tomorrow via ups is the plan.

panda
08-09-2013, 06:05 PM
in that case it will go to someone else i have in mind. let me know when youre back croth and send me your address.

Crothcipt
08-09-2013, 07:49 PM
Ill be here for it. Should be on the way to me now.... I'm not leaving until next week, after it should get here. I will send it off to the next person b4 I leave.

panda
08-23-2013, 12:27 AM
where is it now?

labor of love
08-23-2013, 01:09 AM
sorry panda, its on its way to taz.

pumbaa
09-16-2013, 10:09 PM
sun when it gets back can i get a turn with it at work?

panda
09-17-2013, 01:11 AM
of course! it wont get back for a while though, passarounds take forever, even with only a handful of people. i imagine i'm gonna have to do a lot of work to it by the time it's finished.

panda
09-20-2013, 02:38 AM
it's off to Crothcipt
sorry guys this has been taking forever.

Crothcipt
09-21-2013, 08:29 PM
Got this today. I am liking what I am looking at. Will have it in the mail end of the week. Thx again Panda for the opportunity.

labor of love
09-21-2013, 09:42 PM
im mainly the reason for the delay. sorry guys.

panda
10-05-2013, 05:33 PM
Has this been passed forward to next in que?

Crothcipt
10-08-2013, 01:43 AM
Yes I sent it last Tues. tracking said it was delivered on Fri. Thank you for allowing me to give it a go.

stevenStefano
10-15-2013, 08:15 PM
How lefty friendly was this when you got it panda? I see they're back in stock now

panda
10-15-2013, 10:00 PM
labor of love is a lefty ask him. it's ground highly righty biased fyi.

labor of love
10-16-2013, 02:03 PM
it felt very 50/50 when i had it. steven did you use it? i seriously recommend picking one up. it will need ootb thinning though.

Pensacola Tiger
10-16-2013, 02:50 PM
I've got a question about the knife. The description on MetalMaster's website says that it is "Nashiji finished iron and Japanese Ginsanko steel". How reactive is the cladding?

Thanks,

Rick

labor of love
10-16-2013, 02:52 PM
the cladding is 100% stainless.

Pensacola Tiger
10-16-2013, 02:54 PM
the cladding is 100% stainless.

Thanks!

labor of love
10-16-2013, 02:58 PM
no problem!

stevenStefano
10-16-2013, 05:17 PM
it felt very 50/50 when i had it. steven did you use it? i seriously recommend picking one up. it will need ootb thinning though.

Na I didn't use it but I might pick one up. I just bought something else but maybe I'll buy one of the Tanakas in a little while when I have a little money again. They only have 1 in stock so I'll probably miss this one. I don't mind thinning at all. They seem like a hell of a bargain

panda
10-16-2013, 06:16 PM
I'll be putting it up for sale at end of pass as I've gone all carbon now.

jgraeff
10-23-2013, 10:34 PM
i just got it will report back in a few days, btw who is after me?

panda
10-23-2013, 10:53 PM
brainsausage

jgraeff
10-27-2013, 12:42 PM
So I spent a few shifts with it, I have to say a very different knife but does remind me of shigefusa.

It takes a great edge and the stainless cladding is great, I also love stainless that can preform, over carbon. Edge retention was quite good as well.

I was impressed by a workhorse cutting so well I assume do to the thinning. Really does slice well, but will wedge in large onions. I used this to tackle some huge sweet potatoes and butternut squash did the job well.

The profile is nice and I could see using this knife often if it were in my kit.

I will be passing it out tomorrow or Tuesday.

brainsausage
10-27-2013, 12:56 PM
Gonna have to pass on this unfortunately, too many new knives showing up next week. Oh woe is me...

labor of love
10-27-2013, 03:23 PM
Gonna have to pass on this unfortunately, too many new knives showing up next week. Oh woe is me...

lame:biggrin:
i was looking forward to your feedback.

labor of love
10-27-2013, 03:57 PM
So I spent a few shifts with it, I have to say a very different knife but does remind me of shigefusa.

in what ways does the tanaka remind you of shig?

brainsausage
10-27-2013, 04:19 PM
lame:biggrin:
i was looking forward to your feedback.

I have a brand new 240 Shig, a fresh from Devin AEB-L 240 ITK, and a 190 Catcheside utility coming into my possession over the next week(when it rains it pours). I just couldn't see myself taking the time to give this a good shake...

labor of love
10-27-2013, 04:30 PM
completely understandable.