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macmiddlebrooks
07-14-2011, 07:00 PM
This is my first post in KKF, greetings from Richmond, VA :biggrin:
I just got this beauty in and wanted to share some pics/thoughts as I was not able to find much of either save for some good words and recommendations. I really wanted something special for my first Japanese knife and Jon delivered it:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6003/5937746783_5712f45d04_b.jpg

I stained the Saya with a couple coats of red mahogany stain, tung oil and a couple clear coats to seal it all. The fit was pretty loose so I rigged up a leather thong system to hold the blade in good n' snug (I treated the leather with sno-seal to waterproof prior to attachment).

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6130/5938303552_9b1fab767d_b.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6008/5938303766_f59ac23f6f_b.jpg

The fit 'n finish is near perfect with the rounded spine and choil area make this a very comfortable fit in the hand.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6144/5937747413_a2e9d4ceb4_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6028/5938304280_642dc09179_z.jpg

I probably don't need to tell you how effortlessly this 2mm blade moves through food.
I'm just incredibly impressed with both the knife itself and the great customer service from JKI.....awesome work (thanks again Jon)!

Cadillac J
07-14-2011, 07:50 PM
Welcome MMB, and congrats on your first purchase! Ever since they increased the hardness the Ginga have peaked my curiosity...sweet knife man, and I like how the saya looks after some love. Normally I just put mineral oil and boardwax on mine, but it never darkens that much.

Let's see how long you go before you make another thread with your next acquisition...I got $5 saying its within the next two weeks :)

dehory
07-14-2011, 07:55 PM
Just curious... Is that a Gesshin Ginga (http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/kitchen-knives/ashi-hamono/gesshin-ginga-240mm-stainless-gyuto.html) or a Ashi (http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/kitchen-knives/ashi-hamono/ashi-240mm-stainless-western-style-gyuto.html)? Your post seems to suggest the former, but the lovely kanji (銀香) matches with the latter (http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/shop/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/800x600/518a337f71d8af45c99bc01d0812e43a/a/s/ash240gysswnr_2.jpg).

JBroida
07-14-2011, 08:19 PM
for what its worth the this is a gesshin ginga knife... since we are not making the knives, we also ask our makers to put their stamp on the knife, so it has both the gesshin mark and the ginga mark, ergo the name gesshin ginga

dehory
07-14-2011, 08:21 PM
Oh wait. I didn't notice the (printed?) 月心 on the other side of the blade.

EDIT: Thanks for the clarification. Makes sense. I was just wondering whether it was the higher-end line because the level of F&F seemed so superlative.

EdipisReks
07-14-2011, 08:49 PM
nice knife! i usually use some folded newspaper for sayas that are lose, but that's a better looking solution!

obtuse
07-14-2011, 09:03 PM
Beautiful... I've got a 240mm konosuke HD western That I love but the gesshin ginga still peaks my interest.
Jon, I have a question about the gesshin ginga. Do they use a cryogenic process as part of their HT?

JBroida
07-14-2011, 09:34 PM
there are certain aspects of our makers process that i have been asked not to discuss...

SpikeC
07-14-2011, 09:44 PM
That is probably wise, as I would no doubt steal their secrets to use in my production!

JBroida
07-14-2011, 09:51 PM
haha... because i know enough to accurately describe it to you so that it could be reproduced ;)

chazmtb
07-14-2011, 10:25 PM
Beautiful knife. Welcome to the club.

goodchef1
07-14-2011, 11:10 PM
nice, I like the profile. I'd like to share some pics also as soon as I get off my lazy butt and get a photobucket account or something. Oh, and also a decent camera

Mattias504
07-14-2011, 11:42 PM
That looks awesome. Congrats!

macmiddlebrooks
07-15-2011, 06:54 AM
Thank you guys for the welcoming words. I'm definately hooked and am already eying a petty :thumbsup2:.

MadMel
07-15-2011, 10:25 AM
Nice!! Glad that i can still afford at least a Gesshin...