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Justin0505
08-01-2013, 01:10 PM
Machida Isshi
http://www.geocities.com/soatoz/hamono/Machida/Machida.html

someone posted one awhile back in the "newest knife buy" thread and I keep thinking about it from time to time. Really beautiful looking stuff, but no idea if it's actually any good.

So who owns one / has used one?

gic
08-01-2013, 01:14 PM
They are indeed gorgeous, now I am curious as well...

bkdc
08-01-2013, 01:23 PM
Those are stunners. But some of the damascus work reminds me of Hinoura.

Justin0505
08-01-2013, 02:11 PM
Did anyone notice that the hollows on the the back of the kiridashi-kogatana are FORGED, not ground?
Pretty badass. Still not a sign the kitchen knives work well, but an indicator that he's gotten pretty darn good with that big, heavy hand hammer.

http://www.geocities.com/soatoz/hamono/Machida/Machida5.jpg

ggg16902002
08-01-2013, 02:25 PM
I purchased for my collection two Machida Isshi Santoku 170mm and 175mm, made of Takefu V1 steel with 32 layers nickel kitaeji.

http://i1272.photobucket.com/albums/y386/ggg16902002/Machida/th_P6190289_zps83840934.jpg (http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/ggg16902002/media/Machida/P6190289_zps83840934.jpg.html)

Ruso
08-01-2013, 02:29 PM
How much did they cost, and what is your opinion about this knives?
BTW they do look very nice!

ggg16902002
08-01-2013, 02:48 PM
about 700$ to 800$ each.

Justin0505
08-01-2013, 03:13 PM
Hey GGG, I think that yours was the post that first turned me onto these.

So they look great, appear to be well made, and are priced reasonably and in keeping with a damascus clad custom (more than some, much less than others) but how do they perform? Hows the grind? edge retention? Sharpening? The handles are pretty dramatic, but how do they actually feel to use them for a few hours?

CPD
08-01-2013, 05:35 PM
I haven't used a Machida Isshi knife, so no first hand knowledge - but seem to recall reading somewhere that he is a former swordsmith who makes both the handles and blades entirely himself. He occasionally does razors (kamisori) and plane blades too. If memory is correct, all of his smith work is manual - no spring hammers etc. I've heard his work compared to Shigs and Heiji's .....

again, no first hand reference....but have heard nothing but high praise for his products.

Justin0505
08-01-2013, 06:50 PM
I haven't used a Machida Isshi knife, so no first hand knowledge - but seem to recall reading somewhere that he is a former swordsmith who makes both the handles and blades entirely himself. He occasionally does razors (kamisori) and plane blades too. If memory is correct, all of his smith work is manual - no spring hammers etc. I've heard his work compared to Shigs and Heiji's .....

again, no first hand reference....but have heard nothing but high praise for his products.

Yeah, that information is all in the link in my first post. His razors look freaking amazing too:
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=17035
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=17037
http://badgerandblade.com/gallery/displayimage.php?imageid=17027

bikehunter
08-01-2013, 07:58 PM
but seem to recall reading somewhere that he is a former swordsmith who makes both the handles and blades entirely himself.

From what I've read, I thought all Japanese knife makers are former swordsmiths. Usually 10th generation.

bkdc
08-02-2013, 07:51 AM
From what I've read, I thought all Japanese knife makers are former swordsmiths. Usually 10th generation.

:lol2:

After watching the Murray Carter video on the mindset of the Japanese traditional bladesmith that Jon posted, I have additional respect for the what the knifemaker does so that my blade can perform at its best. Additional props to someone who decides to hand-hammer rather than using a spring hammer.

I'm off to purchase another gyuto from a 4th generation bladesmith. Ouch to my pocketbook.

keithsaltydog
08-04-2013, 04:51 PM
It's all good,your purchase helps keep small forges going with quality blades:outonlimb:

a.lber.to
08-07-2013, 11:18 AM
I have one, which I picked up from a store in Tokyo for about 700 US or so. I use in infrequently, but when I do I am always very happy with it. The handle is surprisingly comfortable, give the shape (you can see a picture of it via my signature link).