View Full Version : Choil shots

08-11-2013, 12:33 AM
Hey y'all. I'm trying to re-profile some NOS forgecrafts, and it would be great to get some choil shots of your ideal cutters to use as reference, as well as experiment with trying to replicate said profiles, and see how they perform with said knives. Obviously the forges are restricted by their current geometry, and it would be difficult/ impossible to pull off certain profiles to some degree, (especially without decent power tools)- but I thought this would be a fun exercise even beyond the reference idea.

So gimme your choils dammit! And please do give some experiences regarding said profiles, with all the tried and true criteria.


- Josh

08-11-2013, 12:35 AM
And yes- I know that a grind is more than just what the choil tells you. But it is a good starting point IMO.

08-11-2013, 01:28 AM
Not sure if this helps or not, but my favorite cutter so far was this Shig:

I had just posted this in another thread, but I think this had the best mix yet of sliding through food and releasing it just as well:


08-11-2013, 01:35 AM
That other thread is what got me thinking. Thanks China.

08-12-2013, 01:11 AM
I not sure if this is going to help or not, here are my top 3 gyutos has the best balance of glides through food & release food

DT ABE-L 240 custom
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/20130709_172939_zps89a925ca.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/20130709_172939_zps89a925ca.jpg.html)
Yoshikane SLD Kurouchi Damascus
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/71364782-6472-4684-8ed4-eb6a47ee836d_zpseca8d855.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/71364782-6472-4684-8ed4-eb6a47ee836d_zpseca8d855.jpg.html)
Gengetsu semi-stainless 240
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/20130710_001811_zps9338507e.jpg (http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/54cclin/media/20130710_001811_zps9338507e.jpg.html)

08-12-2013, 05:04 AM
The choil shot of that gengetsu looks awesome.

08-12-2013, 11:41 AM
Great shots. How do you fix the focus so the choil is sharp (pun intended)?

08-13-2013, 11:04 AM
Great shots. How do you fix the focus so the choil is sharp (pun intended)?

manual focus, macro, anti-shake, auto best shot, flash off with light source from back of choil + craftsmanship by DT, Mr.Yoshida(Yoshikane) & Gengetsu(unknow maker)!!

08-13-2013, 10:34 PM
The Yoshikane choil looks like a very very nice grind. They all do, but I like that one a lot!

Don Nguyen
08-15-2013, 10:37 PM
It looks more like a grind for a Lefty. Is that why you like it?

08-15-2013, 11:15 PM
It looks more like a grind for a Lefty.....

no, it is 50/50, camera angle make you think grind for a Lefty....

08-15-2013, 11:21 PM
Dude, your in box is full.


08-15-2013, 11:30 PM
in-box clear up!

08-16-2013, 12:37 AM
I have the hardest time taking pictures of choils as well lol. The focus is always all wonky.

08-19-2013, 11:41 PM
Thanks for all the choil shots so far. Love to see some more. I'll post some pics of the Forges tomorrow. Lotta work ahead me, after seeing some of these triumphs...

08-19-2013, 11:52 PM
I in the past have placed something large at the point were I want the focus to go. It settles there. You can move it out of the way or leave it in the shot. very tough to do, but with practice it works well.

sachem allison
08-20-2013, 11:27 PM
here is a Cris Anderson 330 mizu-honyaki suji choil shot i took.

sachem allison
08-20-2013, 11:29 PM
double post

08-20-2013, 11:42 PM
That's worth posting twice... (Love the burl background btw..)

Keep em coming...

08-21-2013, 12:28 PM
That's a really nice looking grind!

02-28-2015, 10:36 PM
Yoshihiro SKD-11 Nakiri (sold as Usuba)