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Eamon Burke
10-04-2011, 10:29 PM
My birthday is in a few days, and in honor of the way I think birthdays should go, I'm giving a little something away. The Hobbits had it right all along.

I'm giving away a set of three little bottles of stropping pastes:
2 Micron Silicon Carbide
1 Micron Boron Carbide
.5 Micron Chromium Oxide
They are the Hand American semi pastes. If you don't have any compounds for stropping, there really isn't a tiny enough amount that you need. A single bottle will last you until you die or have toddlers. None of these are 'better' than the others, and you don't need all three, but it is fun to see how they differ from each other and work(or don't) together. It's fairly pricey(and a long wait for stocking) to get all three of these.
This + Hobby store = Best sharpening upgrade under $10.


The Game
My wife got me the best Birthday gift I've ever gotten!:happy1: Not that I've had a huge list of great birthday presents(or any for that matter), but including any kind of gift, this beats my previous 'best gift', which was On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, also from my wife.

I had just gotten off of work, and was so unsure what it was, I was surgically cutting the box, just in case it was inflatable or otherwise. One thing about me: I don't react to gifts(I told my wife once to watch my face when my daughters were born and remember it--cause that's as much reaction as I offer). But my face here still gets me!:lol2:


http://vimeo.com/29818576

Guess what it is! I will pick a person at random from the guesses.

I'll answer some questions about it, but not if it hits too close to home.

HHH Knives
10-04-2011, 10:37 PM
Eamon, I know..... Its a knife!


Did I win yet? JK

Happy Birthday bro!

welshstar
10-04-2011, 10:39 PM
8 inch Chicago Cutlery Chef Knife ?

stevenStefano
10-04-2011, 10:49 PM
Well I think we have a pretty good idea where it came from anyway from the bag. Is it a Fujiwara Teruyasu?

El Pescador
10-04-2011, 11:04 PM
Leather-worker knife roll?

Lefty
10-04-2011, 11:08 PM
The complete box set of Saved by the Bell?
Or maybe a 240 Kochi Kurouchi wa-gyuto.

Wagstaff
10-04-2011, 11:20 PM
I only watched the first 40 seconds. Pretty sure it's a Fleshlight.

lowercasebill
10-04-2011, 11:21 PM
it is a knife, from Jon. wrapped in thishttp://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/other-items/tenugui/tenugui-sakura.html
suspect it is something custom that Jon when your wife requested something special.. or it has a custom made saya and handle ?
regardless nice gift you are a lucky guy
bill

Salty dog
10-04-2011, 11:22 PM
That was cool.:scratchhead:

SpikeC
10-04-2011, 11:25 PM
A home circumcision kit!!

Andrew H
10-04-2011, 11:27 PM
The saya has to be custom? I don't think I've seen anything on JKI with a dark wood saya...
I'm guessing Kochi Migaki gyuto.

SpikeC
10-04-2011, 11:28 PM
Looks like black lacquer to me...

memorael
10-04-2011, 11:30 PM
A home circumcision kit!!

+1 ROFL

Salty dog
10-04-2011, 11:31 PM
I think he said he had a daughter.

tk59
10-04-2011, 11:36 PM
I'm guessing it's a 270 Ashi honyaki gyuto in white #2.

Andrew H
10-04-2011, 11:38 PM
I'm guessing it's a 270 Ashi honyaki gyuto in white #2.

That sounds like a good guess.

mindbender
10-04-2011, 11:44 PM
That's a great wife to get something like that for you.

More importantly, it's impressive that she understands what *precisely* to get, instead of simply resorting to "anything."

You do look stunned, however.

Eamon Burke
10-04-2011, 11:53 PM
Ok hint time! The cloth is a bit of a ruse/coincidence.

bprescot
10-05-2011, 12:15 AM
I'm probably way off, but given the saya and handle, the above hint, and that there was a poster not very long ago asking for advice on an upcoming birthday (back when I think Jon and Sara may have been in Japan) I'll take a wild guess and say Mizuno Custom via Koki??? Man, I seriously have no idea!

Eamon Burke
10-05-2011, 12:34 AM
Oh yeah and since it's random, go ahead and enter as many guesses as you'd like. I'll include em all.

AMP01
10-05-2011, 12:35 AM
Custom, Custom....do I smell a Custom?

tk59
10-05-2011, 12:38 AM
I'm completely baffled... But that's a cool family vid. You're hilarious, btw. :)

aaronsgibson
10-05-2011, 12:39 AM
Would either have to go with a custom Kochi Migaki Wa-Gyuto or custom Kono. Those would be mine.

mr drinky
10-05-2011, 12:39 AM
I'm stumped. Something from Japan. Honyaki would make sense.

k.

ptolemy
10-05-2011, 01:33 AM
Awesome. Happy birthday!

Twistington
10-05-2011, 02:13 AM
A brand new drawer queen? It has to be something expensive atleast... with a high edge retention since you are giving away all your stropping compounds. :D

sachem allison
10-05-2011, 02:43 AM
I don't know I'll just throw out..............carter?

Mike Davis
10-05-2011, 03:28 AM
I wouldn't have any idea, but Happy Birthday :D

kalaeb
10-05-2011, 03:30 AM
I am going to go with rare antiquity.

Eamon Burke
10-05-2011, 08:59 AM
A brand new drawer queen? It has to be something expensive atleast... with a high edge retention since you are giving away all your stropping compounds. :D

hahaha I like your thinking, it's like a tv detective show. But, I don't believe in drawer queens, and I am not giving away ALL my stropping compounds...just have more than I will ever likely use.

Hattorichop
10-05-2011, 09:54 AM
Knife sharpening lessons from Dave?

Hahaha.

bprescot
10-05-2011, 09:57 AM
Ah. You know what, I was thinking that this thread (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?2892-Birthday-Wish) was for you... but given everything else ... man, but the timing is so perfect! I mean, it HAS to be, right? Or?

Alright, assuming that wasn't you, I'll go with a custom ashi from JKI.

Wagstaff
10-05-2011, 12:07 PM
It's a Forschner.

Rottman
10-05-2011, 12:26 PM
It's a Forschner.

Nah, looks like a Wüsthof with some plastic edge guard...

Vertigo
10-05-2011, 12:29 PM
Ah. You know what, I was thinking that this thread (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?2892-Birthday-Wish) was for you... but given everything else ... man, but the timing is so perfect! I mean, it HAS to be, right? Or?

Alright, assuming that wasn't you, I'll go with a custom ashi from JKI.She had a budget of $150. I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm not sure you can get an ebony handle and saya for $150, let alone a knife to go with them!

mr drinky
10-05-2011, 12:32 PM
Time for another hint. And cute baby knife nut in training.

k.

add
10-05-2011, 12:39 PM
She had a budget of $150...


I don't know I'll just throw out..............carter?

Can't be a Carter then, apparently the $150 would be just enough to cover the shipping.

:D

Citizen Snips
10-05-2011, 01:11 PM
the suspense is KILLING ME!!!!

mano
10-05-2011, 01:20 PM
No idea what knife it is, but adorable daughter + stupendous wife (she's loving seeing you so happy) = the best gift.

You're a lucky man, enjoy all three.

NO ChoP!
10-05-2011, 01:23 PM
There's been a couple ebony handled Monzaburo Honyakis floating around.....

bprescot
10-05-2011, 01:31 PM
But who else does sayas? And if it's not a custom, after-market saya, what manufacturers will do an ebony saya for a western?

I've got an idea for a hint. You could tell us what it is! :D

mr drinky
10-05-2011, 01:42 PM
Those Urushi Makie knives from JCK are black and have a saya, but I didn't see one of the motifs on the saya, so didn't think that would be it.

urushi makie (http://japanesechefsknife.com/SPECIALS.html#Saji%20Urushi&Makie)

k

aaronsgibson
10-05-2011, 01:46 PM
Well I'm toss out another guess and go with a custom Marko Tsourkan?? Don't this it's been mentioned yet.

SpikeC
10-05-2011, 03:23 PM
It is a black plastic housed Hickymoto.

Eamon Burke
10-05-2011, 05:55 PM
Time for another hint. And cute baby knife nut in training.


The other one's already sharpening. Check it out:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-SZ4v4Rm9qr0/Tf2TTu4sGQI/AAAAAAAAAQU/aqipnAIzM8g/s800/_MG_8467.jpg




Ok here's another hint, it's a pretty big one:
It's not new.
It's not within her original budget, per se.

The faster someone gets it, the faster the entries stop! :evilgrin:
Keep guessing! Who wants some strop paste?!





I've got an idea for a hint. You could tell us what it is! :D
That's no fun! You even get a short peak at the profile. And the thing thats stumping you all should be the giveaway for some of you.

WildBoar
10-05-2011, 06:33 PM
Hmmmm, didn't Dave M have one or two 'used' knives hanging around for a while? Is there one less of those beauties now?

James
10-05-2011, 06:35 PM
fujiwara terasuyu gyuto? it looked like the choil was a bit rounded

mr drinky
10-05-2011, 06:37 PM
Konosuke honyaki/HD gyuto with ebony (black lacquer?) and mirror polish?

k.

Avishar
10-05-2011, 11:44 PM
Modernist Cuisine?

Eamon Burke
10-06-2011, 01:09 AM
Konosuke honyaki/HD gyuto with ebony (black lacquer?) and mirror polish?

k.

ooo Very close.

Andrew H
10-06-2011, 01:17 AM
ooo Very close.

Just tell us already!!!

El Pescador
10-06-2011, 01:47 AM
Got to be one of Bishamons sale knives...perhaps a deba?

mr drinky
10-07-2011, 12:02 AM
Ok, Eamon, these are my last two guesses then I am done. Gesshin blue honyaki or Konosuke Deba. And don't even tell me if it is that super expensive lacquer mizu stuff from Konosuke. If that's the case, you need give up more than paste ;)

k.

heirkb
10-07-2011, 12:30 AM
Is it the Konosuke Fujiayama honyaki yanagi with laquer handle/saya? Or perhaps a gyuto version of that?

Edit: Looking at the video, it definitely looks like a deba/gyuto. I'd still guess Konosuke Fujiyama with lacquer.

Eamon Burke
10-07-2011, 04:48 PM
Here it is!
http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Saltys_knives/eamon3.jpg
:bliss::bliss::bliss:


It's a Shigefusa 240mm Kitaeji Gyuto!

It used to belong to Scott(aka SaltyDog), and now it has a new life at my job. The handle and saya are coated in the black textured stuff that Salty puts on all his work knives. Not sure many other people can claim that as an MO, someone shoulda picked up on that! This thing cuts like a DREAM, and has been great to me all week. I've been on a shige-moon for a week now.

Now I know what to do with the Red Mallee burl I've had acclimating on my shelf for a few months.:happy1:

Best.
Surprise.
Ever.



The guy who won was AndrewH! Hooray for both of us!

Vertigo
10-07-2011, 04:52 PM
Niiiiice.

Andrew H
10-07-2011, 04:58 PM
Here it is!
http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Saltys_knives/eamon3.jpg
:bliss::bliss::bliss:


It's a Shigefusa 240mm Kitaeji Gyuto!

It used to belong to Scott(aka SaltyDog), and now it has a new life at my job. The handle and saya are coated in the black textured stuff that Salty puts on all his work knives. Not sure many other people can claim that as an MO, someone shoulda picked up on that! This thing cuts like a DREAM, and has been great to me all week. I've been on a shige-moon for a week now.

Now I know what to do with the Red Mallee burl I've had acclimating on my shelf for a few months.:happy1:

Best.
Surprise.
Ever.



The guy who won was AndrewH! Hooray for both of us!

Hooray for both of us indeed!

TamanegiKin
10-07-2011, 05:35 PM
Wow, very nice. Congrats!

SpikeC
10-07-2011, 08:45 PM
Big congrats all around! Awesome wife ya got there!

RobinW
10-07-2011, 09:01 PM
Very nice!
Either she got the deal of a lifetime from Salty or she stretched the budget quite a bit!

Good luck it's an amazing knife!

Eamon Burke
10-08-2011, 11:51 AM
Either she got the deal of a lifetime from Salty or she stretched the budget quite a bit!


Yes indeed!

aaronsgibson
10-08-2011, 12:31 PM
Very nice.

kalaeb
10-08-2011, 02:43 PM
Shigefusa 240 Kitaeji gyuto?

Eamon Burke
10-08-2011, 04:45 PM
Shigefusa 240 Kitaeji gyuto?

Yes. That. :biggrin:

NO ChoP!
10-08-2011, 04:56 PM
So, coming from Salty, I assume it was tuned up with a killer edge, and a nice polish?

Eamon Burke
10-08-2011, 05:02 PM
It was indeed quite shiny and cleaned up for a knife he wasn't using for so long. The edge was polished like crazy and very consistent.

I had to thin it a bit, it has been used a LOT and has lost some weight over the years, but thankfully I have a few of Dr. Naka's fingerstones on hand and got to choose which finish I like the best! Now it's got an Uchigomori finish on the face. The other cool thing about polishing this thing was that I got to experience hands-on the grind that Iizuka-san put on it.

NO ChoP!
10-08-2011, 05:09 PM
Obviously the knife found a perfect home, and will be appreciated! Enjoy!

EdipisReks
10-08-2011, 08:38 PM
Big congrats all around! Awesome wife ya got there!

yeah, no kidding!