View Full Version : Ryusen vs Kikuichi?

03-09-2012, 01:12 PM
Does anyone know much about these two knives I have a TKC and love it but haven't heard much about the Ruysen. I am specifically looking at the 240mm gyuto.


Compared to the Kikuichi Warikomi Damascus Gyuto 240mm

03-09-2012, 01:20 PM
OEM (rebadge) blade offered by just about every big manufacturer/brand - Yoshihiro, Kanetsune, Togiharu yadda yadda...

The Ryusen is expensive, The Kikuichi an absolute rip-off. JCK Gekko 240mm gyuto is the same blade, $135 in 240mm size.

Edit: Says the Kikuichi is VG5 (cheaper) not VG10. There are 19C27 variants too apparently. Either that or they are all the same and it's BS.

03-09-2012, 09:04 PM
I haven't used 'em but what Timthebeaver stated is a very real possibility.

03-10-2012, 12:13 AM
Those are really ugly. Ryusen has other knives on that site that are worth looking at.

03-10-2012, 12:17 AM
Holy crap. That is within $15 of the Blazen 240mm. Who would buy that over the Blazen? ><

03-10-2012, 12:18 AM
Blazen comes with a saya too. Hmm.

03-10-2012, 01:15 AM
Hattori oems their HD series ( Damascus VG10) from Ryusen. Their Blazen series uses R2 powdered tool steel .. very, very respectable end product.

hv a nice week-end.

Bill Burke
03-10-2012, 11:43 AM
when I was in the Ryusen factory in 06 they were making these blades in house. yes they were buying the laminate and blanking them out on a punch press like everyone else but were then forging grindind and hardening tempering in house. They could have changed but I doubt it.

03-10-2012, 04:34 PM
...Their Blazen series uses R2 powdered tool steel...Blazen uses SG2, unless they've changed it recently.