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JohnnyChance
03-17-2011, 01:39 AM
I got this little yanagi a little while ago from eBay seller 330mate_com. It was $59 shipped from Japan, I chose the free shipping, and it probably took like 3-4 weeks to get here. Here we go:

As shipped, cardboard box wrapped in newspaper:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNZM2sj9I/AAAAAAAAAS4/Z0TYuryYmFI/s800/IMG_0187.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNaDGEbwI/AAAAAAAAAS8/P_Vl2q8Ui7Y/s800/IMG_0188.JPG

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNa3U7wXI/AAAAAAAAATA/ix6gYIa0-6U/s800/IMG_0190.JPG

And here she is:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNbaQytKI/AAAAAAAAATE/bjUXJo-ickM/s800/IMG_0223.JPG

Measurements:
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Problem with the packaging is that the knife was able to slide back and forth inside the box, poked its way through the box and broke off the tip:

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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNcx49zDI/AAAAAAAAATQ/ftAsweF5xyg/s800/IMG_0226.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNeNePn7I/AAAAAAAAATc/fw6vt58_VtU/s800/IMG_0229.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNeRZQy3I/AAAAAAAAATg/Rw87GXupauw/s800/IMG_0230.JPG

The handle ain't great. Burnt chesnut, plastic ferrule. The transition between plastic and wood isn't perfect, and where the knife enters the handle there is a small recess where if you aren't careful I suppose some food stuffs could collect there:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNdm-LTLI/AAAAAAAAATY/-D-wmNgHt94/s800/IMG_0228.JPG

Pretty good polish for a $59 knife:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNepDUX3I/AAAAAAAAATk/RtYw8ae4LGk/s800/IMG_0231.JPG

Some backside pictures:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNfvZFEDI/AAAAAAAAATs/pCSm3kHO6xc/s800/IMG_0233.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNfIogisI/AAAAAAAAATo/X4iir0bhxnc/s800/IMG_0232.JPG

Choil shots:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNgD-3iOI/AAAAAAAAATw/296SuRx6m18/s800/IMG_0234.JPG

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNgYjww6I/AAAAAAAAAT0/ZEXmO2jmBtw/s800/IMG_0235.JPG

The finish is really stable and doesn't seem likely to flake off or deteriorate over time:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ldEKzBPytxs/TYGNg16WIzI/AAAAAAAAAT4/DN9HHaBetZc/s800/IMG_0236.JPG

Overall, pretty good, especially for $59. The packaging wasn't great, and caused a broken tip. I just rounded the jagged broken edge over a low grit stone to smooth it out. If it comes out in future sharpenings, so be it. If not, I don't really mind. I plan on using it as a line knife for slicing proteins during service. The handle isn't perfect, but somehow is still really comfortable. If it were a gyuto or suji where I was using a tighter grip it wouldn't be, but since you handle a yanagi, especially a small one with a light touch, that handle feels really good. Knife was quite sharp out of the box, not that that really matters to anyone here. Tip is nice and thin if you need to use it for non-yanagi tasks in a pinch.

Here is the link to one of 330mate_com's auctions:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Japanese-YAMAWAKU-Yanagiba-Sashimi-chef-knife-Houchou-/200546367027?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item746ae3a48c#ht_5376wt_905

bob
03-17-2011, 03:11 AM
Finishing seems pretty rough to be honest.

steeley
03-17-2011, 03:28 AM
Not bad at all for $59 and you get to play with a new knife and use it on line.

DK chef
03-17-2011, 03:35 AM
i bought a Yamawaku Gyuto 210mm and a Santoku 165mm after some recommendation over at KF. i bought them from 330mate.com 5 weeks ago, the handle on the Gyuto was broken when it arrived (big crack along the handle, couldnt use it), the Santoku had a large broken tip,

the seller didnīt care to respond on my messages. so after i rehandled the gyuto and made a new tip for the Santoku with my stones, i gave those knifes to my GF :) i dont know what i did expect for 50-60$ but what i got was not worth 10$

steeley
03-17-2011, 03:43 AM
that newspaper wraped around a knife box thats' first class.:p

Kyle
03-17-2011, 11:24 AM
that newspaper wraped around a knife box thats' first class.:p

Well, to be fair, when I went to the Pasadena Knife Expo a couple weeks back and bought a $350 gyuto from Shinichi Watanabe that's exactly how he handed it to me as well.

bprescot
03-17-2011, 12:21 PM
I think the important thing there is that he handed it to you. He didn't economy ship it half-way around the world. That said, I recently placed an order for one of these guys as well. We'll see if it come in in better shape. I've bought from this guy before, though, and haven't had issues.

jjparkinson
03-17-2011, 02:16 PM
I recently bought the 165mm deba that 330 mate sells. For the price I was really impressed, nice finish and the grind on the back seems good. Definately worth the money.

Kyle
03-17-2011, 02:29 PM
I recently bought the 165mm deba that 330 mate sells. For the price I was really impressed, nice finish and the grind on the back seems good. Definately worth the money.

Very nice to know. I want a deba to try but I don't think I want to jump in head first with a really expensive one.

mainaman
03-17-2011, 03:04 PM
Very nice to know. I want a deba to try but I don't think I want to jump in head first with a really expensive one.

you can get Honkasumi one from EE itis very nice and well finished at great price.

monty
03-17-2011, 09:00 PM
you can get Honkasumi one from EE itis very nice and well finished at great price.

A little help...what's EE?

Pensacola Tiger
03-17-2011, 09:03 PM
A little help...what's EE?

The Epicurean Edge, an online (and brick and mortar) store:

http://www.EpicEdge.com

mainaman
03-17-2011, 10:24 PM
A little help...what's EE?

yes the Epicurean Edge,
I also misspelled the brand it is Hon Kasumi not Honkasumi.

OnTheRoad
11-25-2012, 03:45 PM
i bought a Yamawaku Gyuto 210mm and a Santoku 165mm after some recommendation over at KF. i bought them from 330mate.com 5 weeks ago, the handle on the Gyuto was broken when it arrived (big crack along the handle, couldnt use it), the Santoku had a large broken tip,


I got the same 2 knives from the same seller, they arrived in about a week and both were in good condition. They make good, cheap line knives and I worry very little about them going missing considering the cost. Apparently its just luck of the draw with this guy.

franzb69
11-26-2012, 01:38 AM
i wouuld have already bought one if there was a choice for lefties. such a sad sad world for us lefties. everything has to be more expensive with j-knives. lol.