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a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 12:34 PM
Hello everyone.

Today is a good knife day! Thanks to a tip from a very helpful forum member, who managed to get himself one of the Hattoris I had tracked down in Tokyo, last week I was able to buy a 135mm petty Hattori KD knife, which I just received from the US. So the family is now almost complete:
http://www.schileo.com/knives/FiveHattori.jpg
Hi Res (http://www.schileo.com/knives/FiveHattori.jpg) - Very Hi Res (http://www.schileo.com/knives/FiveHattoriHiRez.jpg)

Now, while I can rationalize the absence of the 240mm gyuto, thanks to the 210mm and the 270mm gyutos, I really must find one of those Hattori KD 70mm paring knives... :D

In the meantime, I also need to find the courage to polish and re-etch the 210mm gyuto and the santoku - maybe next weekend... :scared4:

Lucretia
05-08-2012, 12:36 PM
Beautiful!

stevenStefano
05-08-2012, 12:36 PM
It is pretty crazy that after so many people looking for KDs you found so many. Have you used them much yet?

a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 01:52 PM
Well, the motherload was is Japan, though the petty ended up coming from California. :)

As to using them, yes: I used three of them thus far, except the 270mm gyuto and the 135mm petty. Both are still in their Out Of The Box condition, and will require sharpening before I use them...

oivind_dahle
05-08-2012, 02:14 PM
Looks really good. Congrats.
Really nice family photo.

I miss KD in my own collection.

Eamon Burke
05-08-2012, 03:20 PM
Whoa. That's a shocking expense(literally).

ThEoRy
05-08-2012, 03:25 PM
Cool, now all you gotta do is rehandle em...

NO ChoP!
05-08-2012, 04:01 PM
It's like looking at bars of gold....

a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 04:02 PM
Whoa. That's a shocking expense(literally).

Actually, less in total than a Bob Kramer auction for a 52100 carbon steel knife (just to name one... :))

a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 04:10 PM
Cool, now all you gotta do is rehandle em...

Frankly, I do not mind the linen micarta handles, at least not thus far. This said, does anyone have pictures of rehandled KDs? I am curious of what they would look like...

Johnny.B.Good
05-08-2012, 04:14 PM
Frankly, I do not mind the linen micarta handles, at least not thus far. This said, does anyone have pictures of rehandled KDs? I am curious of what they would look like...

Congratulations Alberto!

I have never seen a KD in person, but if they were mine, I would keep them original and leave the handles alone (unless they are truly uncomfortable).

Edit: Not that they couldn't be made even better looking and/or more comfortable, just that they wouldn't be original any longer.

kalaeb
05-08-2012, 04:20 PM
Cool, now all you gotta do is rehandle em...

I don't know, the kd handles are contoured perfectly imo, but they would look rocking with some exhibition grade ironwood.

Very nice collection! If I am ever in France I am stoping by.

SpikeC
05-08-2012, 04:22 PM
Take a look at the rehandle work that Dave does on the group buy for what is possible.

Eamon Burke
05-08-2012, 04:25 PM
What's up with the one wierdo handle?

a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 04:26 PM
I have NO IDEA! I always wondered why the handle of the 150mm Utility is different from all the rest...

Deckhand
05-08-2012, 04:29 PM
Really really amazing collection. I for one hope you leave them original. Very very nice!

shankster
05-08-2012, 05:06 PM
Really really amazing collection. I for one hope you leave them original. Very very nice!

Agreed! Leave em be..

Beautiful collection a.lber.to!

sachem allison
05-08-2012, 06:52 PM
http://www.japanwoodworker.com/product.asp?s=JapanWoodworker&pf_id=12%2E801&dept_id=13171

they have a Hattori 5 1/2" fruit knife for sale Cowry x $599 and it is available as of 5 minutes ago

a.lber.to
05-08-2012, 07:26 PM
Unless they had two in stock, which is entirely possible, that is the one I bought... :)

oivind_dahle
05-08-2012, 07:29 PM
You are insane, blowing that kind of money on a knife ;)

sachem allison
05-08-2012, 07:52 PM
Unless they had two in stock, which is entirely possible, that is the one I bought... :)

since they don't list them as Hattori KD that is probably why he still has it in stock.

Deckhand
05-08-2012, 08:35 PM
You are insane, blowing that kind of money on a knife ;)

:rofl2:

SameGuy
05-08-2012, 09:19 PM
I almost didn't get the joke!!! :doublethumbsup:

brainsausage
05-08-2012, 10:49 PM
Cool, now all you gotta do is rehandle em...

+1

RRLOVER
05-08-2012, 11:26 PM
That is an impressive set of KD's.........They do live up to the hype,and now I want to kick myself in the A$$ for selling mine.

JMac
05-09-2012, 12:49 AM
Wow. i would take this over any american made knives, regardless of the prices.

ThEoRy
05-09-2012, 02:21 AM
+1

Glad I'm not the only one. For such a beautiful blade they deserve beautiful handles. Linen micarta just doesn't do it for me.

a.lber.to
05-09-2012, 06:50 AM
I agree that it does not look the prettiest, but it is one of the most functional handle materials around, from a practical perspective. I suspect that this is why Hattori chose it, to meke a very functional tool which could be used in a professional environment...

oivind_dahle
05-09-2012, 10:48 AM
I would rehandle.
These knives would look awesome with some new shoes!
:)

The problem with these knives are:
If you use or rehandle them, they will drop in value :)

If you bought them for investment, but them in a safe.
If you gonna abuse em: rehandle !!

:)

stevenStefano
05-09-2012, 10:53 AM
I wouldn't rehandle them. I quite like linen micarta personally and it isn't like they just threw on a cheap pakkawood handle. I think it can take a beating a bit better than the types of wood that are generally used in rehandling projects. Perhaps rehandle a different knife and see what you think of that if you are considering doing it to the KDs.

TB_London
05-09-2012, 11:34 AM
Although the KD handles look plain, they are really nicely shaped and very comfortable. Plus the fit is seamless.

Dishwasher safe too :justkidding:

a.lber.to
05-09-2012, 11:38 AM
I wouldn't rehandle them. I quite like linen micarta personally and it isn't like they just threw on a cheap pakkawood handle. I think it can take a beating a bit better than the types of wood that are generally used in rehandling projects. Perhaps rehandle a different knife and see what you think of that if you are considering doing it to the KDs.

Actually, I love ironwood handles, and my Itous have wooden handles. However, given that I keep my house fairly dry, these are a pain to manage, as I regularly have to protect them with Renaissance wax to prevent them from shrinking...
So that's a definite plus for linen micarta in my book!!! :)

a.lber.to
05-09-2012, 11:40 AM
Dishwasher safe too :justkidding:

Yup! Just throw those KDs in the basket with the rest of the silverware...

David Metzger
05-09-2012, 12:04 PM
Really beautiful. You could do a fun pass-around. :bliss: