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Marko Tsourkan
07-18-2013, 08:15 PM
52100 is SPF.

Thanks folks.

Mystery carbon is a steel I would happily offer, but polishing is a problem. I could polish comfortably to Heiji level finish,after that, finer grit sandpaper just skids on the surface. I will keep thinking about it and hopefully will come up with a solution.

As pure carbon steels go, this is one of the good ones.

M

Nasr
07-18-2013, 09:13 PM
Dang
Maybe ill simply queue up!

Pensacola Tiger
07-18-2013, 09:13 PM
Marko, is a kuro uchi finish a possibility on the mystery carbon? Or perhaps a hammered (tsuchime) finish? Either one would bypass the polishing, at least on the sides of the blade.

Marko Tsourkan
07-19-2013, 10:49 AM
KU finish is impossible with my grind. There are some other finish possibilities, but at this time I will focus on the machine finish/hand finish (with silcarb polishing stones), or just the machine finish with ceramic belts.

I would like to get a bit more feedback on this steel before committing more time and resources to it.

Marko Tsourkan
10-27-2013, 12:23 PM
A heads up on the upcoming knives.

I have to write a big check on Nov. 1, so I need to get some new knives out and these will have to be ready-made (for efficiency sake). I already started working on these.

I am aiming at having following knives completed by the Nov. 1st. Sayas will take a little longer, as finishing process takes several days. Knives will have S grind and will come with D handles for right hand use (sorry lefties). Will be super thin at the edge, but slightly thicker at the mid section and spine to give the knife more weight. D handle, with a neck lengh on the blade about 14-15mm (add this to the lengh to get a total lengh of the knife, tip to handle).

255mm workhorse gyuto. Target weight with the handle 260g. Hardness 62.5-63RC. A2 will have a special heat treatment that should result in a superb performance.
A2 - 1
52100 - 2
Cost with a select grade poplar saya - $511. Shipping included.

240mm workhorse gyuto. Target weight in the area of 245g.
A2 - 2
52100 - 2
Cost with a select grade poplar saya -$480

Handles will be a select gradeCocobolo and Lignum Vitae (LV will turn green over time and poplar sayas have gray color to them, so it will be a nice match). Both woods have some of the best feeling among natural woods on the contact.

100% satisfaction (especially for folks who are on the fence about A2) stands, as long as the knife is returned in condition received.

I can't take any reservations for these. Once the knives are completed (bar sayas), I will start posting them for sale, on the first-come-first serve basis. Thank you.

Dream Burls
10-27-2013, 01:40 PM
Marko, you're going to have a whole lot of people glued to their computers between now and Nov. 1. GLWS.

CanadianMan
10-27-2013, 01:46 PM
Marko, you're going to have a whole lot of people glued to their computers between now and Nov. 1. GLWS.

+1 I know I will be

marc4pt0
10-27-2013, 02:20 PM
Whoa! I'm down for a 240 in either steel! I'll be on the lookout

Marko Tsourkan
10-27-2013, 02:24 PM
It's more likely to be 31st of 1st, as there is a lot of work to be done in these knives.

52100 240s are oversize, so blades are about 245mm on the edge. I profiled them a bit longer, to factor in broken tips down the road. 255mm are exactly 255, and about 55mm tall at the heel. 255 will have weight and height for a good workhorse knife.

I will have my assistant starting on Nov. 7. A 2-3 days of training and then I should immerse myself in custom orders. Farming out (in-house) prep work will save me a lot of time.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-27-2013, 04:24 PM
Profile is a hybrid between Masamoto ans Shigefusa profiles. The angle makes the blades look taller at the heel and shorter heel to tip than in a real life. Both have a flat spot and a curve, so the knife could be rocked, thought the curve is not overly pronounced.

I cut and profile knives by hand, so there will be minor variation in the profile from blade to blade.

Select grade poplar is similar to the one on the saya in the picture.

19723


M

statusquo
10-27-2013, 04:28 PM
Is there a significant difference between 52100 and A2?

Marko Tsourkan
10-27-2013, 04:45 PM
Not very significant. 52100 will get sharper but A2 will hold edge longer. A2 is semi-stainless, while 52100 is carbon steel (though with 1.5% chromium and 600-800 grit polish, 52100 makes it less susceptible to rusting than Japanese white or blue). The special HT on A2 is to make the gap even smaller. I am very eager to hear reviews on the performance.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 10:23 PM
These are from the batch I ground before vacation and determined to be too "laserish" for my liking. I gave them a second look and determined that 3 knives of the batch are actually pretty good as is and will comfortably fit in the category of lasers.

They all have pretty stiff spine but are very thin at the edge and above. These will cut very well through dense stuff sweet potatoes, squash, etc. Food release should be good, depending what your expectations are. The heat treatment on these is very good, with stropping, the edge should last months.

These are available without handles, will be finished to 600 grit, machi cut and tangs tapered. As with my other practice knives, I will not put my maker's mark on them, but I do guarantee them to be good knives and will take them back if they don't meet your expectation.

As I assess my work load for the coming months, I find less and less time for redoing knives that I wasn't happy with, so these are available because of that reason.

First three "I'll take it" get them.

$245 shipped in the US.

Thanks,
Marko

vinster
10-28-2013, 10:24 PM
I'll take it

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 10:32 PM
One SPF

WildBoar
10-28-2013, 10:38 PM
I'll take it (one)

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 10:42 PM
Two SPF. Last one remaining.

Von blewitt
10-28-2013, 10:46 PM
I have a 240 "laser" from Marko and it is great! Awesome food release and not much flex at all.

kiefer
10-28-2013, 10:47 PM
I'll take it if it is still available

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 10:50 PM
Three sold. Thank you. PMs should be going your way this evening.

M

Flyingpigg
10-29-2013, 01:55 PM
If any of these guys fall through, I'll take the knife too.

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 02:12 PM
There will be more knives posted today.

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 10:07 PM
19810

November is approaching, so four more 225mm gyuto available. These are lasers, but as with all my knives, they have no flex at the handle and very little flex on the spine. Will initiate cut very well and release food reasonably well.

Same deal, try it and if you like it, keep it, if not, return it. Somebody pointed out to me that these would be great knives for DIY handle guys. These will come ready to go, polished, sharpened, machi squared and tang tapered (still need to do most of it). Some will ship this week, some early next week.

3 x 52100
1 x 19C27 (stainless)

$245 shipped.

First four "I will take it" get them. Please specify the steel.

Thank you.

Marko

PS: Knives available are on the right. Knives on the left sold yesterday.

ramenlegend
10-29-2013, 10:10 PM
I'll take one! Stainless

BJE1
10-29-2013, 10:10 PM
I will take the 19C27

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 10:12 PM
I will take the 19C27

ramenlegend posted first, but if you want 52100, you get the first pick.

marc4pt0
10-29-2013, 10:29 PM
Is it just the camera angle or are the profiles of the knives on the right all slightly different?

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 10:37 PM
Not sure. I profile them by hand, so there might be a little difference from one knife to another - some are little pointier than others, but the lengh of the flat spot and the edge curve is similar on all knives.

19C27 has a little narrower and flatter profile. It wasn't a part of the batch. I might shorten slightly and re-profile it similarly to 225s.

marc4pt0
10-29-2013, 10:40 PM
I'm so close to jumping on one of these, but think I'm too big a fan of your handle work to go without

Aphex
10-29-2013, 10:56 PM
I'll take a 52100 if there's one still available.

Josh
10-29-2013, 11:17 PM
pm sent on a 52100.

pleue
10-29-2013, 11:19 PM
2nd in line on the stainless if you would.

cclin
10-29-2013, 11:29 PM
are these practice knives without maker's mark?

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 11:35 PM
I can make simpler D handles for these knives, but it would have to be in the second/third week of November and there will be no customization past what's available - cocobolo, macassar ebony, maple, lignum vitae + horn. If I have the knife on hand, I will discount them $80/handle.

I call them practice, because they are not seconds. They are thinner than I normally grind, and judging by thickness at and above the edge, they fit in the category of lasers. At this point I am not sure whether to produce them this thin, as I haven't had much feedback on these, and that is the reason these are offered as practice or experimental.These are some of the thinnest knives at the edge that I ever ground. On the spine, the thickness is on par with my thicker knives.

If you guys love them, I will have no problem producing them with my maker's mark on them.

They have S grind and are thinner than thinnest Shigefusa gyuto I handled.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 12:19 AM
Looks like the only knife that is still available is one in 52100.

WildBoar
10-30-2013, 12:29 AM
Three sold. Thank you. PMs should be going your way this evening.

MNo PM received yet. Just want to make sure nothing got lost.

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 12:34 AM
Email on the way.

WildBoar
10-30-2013, 01:02 AM
Got it -- thanks. Will mull it over tomorrow and finalize payment.

GLE1952
10-30-2013, 01:10 AM
If a 52100 is still available I'll take it

Glen

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 05:57 AM
The last of 52100 bespoken. Thanks for looking.

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 08:57 AM
Some of the last ones. These are also ground very thin at the edge and above, but spine has firmness to it. Sujis will have flex in the first third of the blade.

215mm suji in AEB-L - $225

270mm suji in 52100 - $275

140mm petty - $150

140mm honesuki/petty prototype - $150

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jer
10-30-2013, 09:01 AM
I'll take the the 270 suji

NO ChoP!
10-30-2013, 09:02 AM
Is the honesuki ground for a rightie?

CanadianMan
10-30-2013, 09:06 AM
I will take the other 270 suji in 52100

chefcomesback
10-30-2013, 09:07 AM
Marko I will take the 215 suji

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 09:10 AM
Is the honesuki ground for a rightie?

yes, for a right hand use. I will however have some lefties versions in ready-made batch that is coming soon.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 09:11 AM
Sujis are bespoken. Petties and honesuki still available.

Anton
10-30-2013, 09:44 AM
Darn it! Always late to the party!

Micioarch
10-30-2013, 09:47 AM
Your email are full :) - in list for the petty (I want to ask some information)

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 10:04 AM
Please shoot me an email

Contact (http://www.tsourkanknives.com/index.php/contact/contact)

marc4pt0
10-30-2013, 10:23 AM
I have one of Marko's 270 suji practice in 52100 and it has some nice flex to it. Wonderful knife!

Bill13
10-30-2013, 01:00 PM
What is the metal of the petty? I'm interested if its AEB-L.

Bill13
10-30-2013, 01:03 PM
Just noticed the metal type is on the handle:D

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 01:35 PM
Price for petties and honesuki/petty hybrid reduced to $125 shipped.

2X140mm 52100 petty
1X140mm A-2 honesuki/petty hybrid are available

ar11
10-30-2013, 01:40 PM
I'll take the honesuki, but would need a handle on it (I'll pay more for that)

Josh
10-30-2013, 01:41 PM
Then to follow up with my PM, I'm definately in! Please contact me (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/w.josh.reid@gmail.com) for next steps


I can make simpler D handles for these knives, but it would have to be in the second/third week of November and there will be no customization past what's available - cocobolo, macassar ebony, maple, lignum vitae + horn. If I have the knife on hand, I will discount them $80/handle.

I call them practice, because they are not seconds. They are thinner than I normally grind, and judging by thickness at and above the edge, they fit in the category of lasers. At this point I am not sure whether to produce them this thin, as I haven't had much feedback on these, and that is the reason these are offered as practice or experimental.These are some of the thinnest knives at the edge that I ever ground. On the spine, the thickness is on par with my thicker knives.

If you guys love them, I will have no problem producing them with my maker's mark on them.

They have S grind and are thinner than thinnest Shigefusa gyuto I handled.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 01:55 PM
Ok, so two simple D handles (wood, spacer, horn), one or honesuki and one for petty? Josh, please clarify.

I have stated this before, but repeat again - when you receive the knife, cut with it and for some reason didn't like it, send it back. I would like to know what you didn't like about it, but that's all. I will refund the money.

I rather err on the side of caution and send out knives I haven't gotten a thorough feedback on (my taste doesn't automatically translate into everybody taste), than as ready-made knives, even if I end up charging much less for it. This is my approach, whether it makes business sense or not.

I am not selling dreams, but tools. If they don't look or perform as you would expect them to, then there is no point of keeping them.

M

ar11
10-30-2013, 02:11 PM
email sent regarding honesuki handle etc (your pm box is full)

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 02:19 PM
None of the knives sold as practice will have maker's mark on them. I don't want them to get mixed up with the customs and ready-made down the road.

turbochef422
10-30-2013, 02:47 PM
Marko I'll take a petty

Marko Tsourkan
10-30-2013, 03:33 PM
One petty still available.

ChuckTheButcher
10-30-2013, 04:10 PM
Marko your mail box is full. I'll take the petty if it is still available.

Micioarch
10-30-2013, 04:58 PM
Hi Marko

I'd like to know if you have received my email and if I'm lucky or I'll have to wait. Please let me know.

Flyingpigg
10-31-2013, 11:53 AM
Your inbox is full, but yes, I'm still interested. I need a handle on the knife though.

Marko Tsourkan
11-01-2013, 01:16 PM
Putting this for sale, as still need to raise fund for security deposit for new space.

250mm (on the edge, got to use the remaining 5mm for the shoulder height) "sword" grind heavy workhorse gyuto in 52100 for a left-hand user. Weight will be around 290g. Thickness at the spine 3.4mm at the handle, 2.5mm half the way, 2mm - 50mm from the tip. Thickness at shinogi line (heel to tip) - about 2mm. The knife will come with a hybrid D (there will be 4.5mm neck on this knife). Wood choice: cocoblo, lignum vitae, fiddleback maple (stabilized). The handle can have a contrasting ferrule (or not), end cap and can be either be straight or angled.

I am likely to convex the tip on this knife, as it will improve lateral cuts. Another thing, I find it time consuming to finish primary bevel on the stones (this is 63.5RC hard steel), so I will finish/blend the bevels with sand paper, and leave it the buyer to spend time and make the shinogi line crisp or leave the finish as is. The underlying geometry will not changed, so the performance won't be affected.

I come to think that the bevel on the left side is slightly more prominent than on the right, so I think this knife will be more suitable for a "lefty", hence a knife for a left hand user with a left hand D.

I am quite happy how this knife turned out, so I have no qualms putting my maker's mark on it.

100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Asking $500 shipped. This one is with the handle.

The fist two pictures are of the actual blade, the other two are of a Hybrid D on another knife. The D handle will be a bit more refined than the one in the picture.

19875

19876

19877

19878

Marko Tsourkan
11-01-2013, 01:44 PM
I will leave this post on the forum for a day or two and if there are no takers, I will put a handle of my choice and move it to my web store.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 01:31 PM
Running specials on 255mm heavy chefs.

I just finished test cutting with both and both performed well for a right hand user. One would perform well for a left hand user, if a lefty is in the mix.

I need to move them quickly, so I am going to offer both with Wa D handles. If you are in the market for a heavy gyuto, you get to try one out and return if it doesn't meet your expectations. These come with 7 days 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

You can read more about capability of the 52100 steel with my HT in the Review section. I think these knives will fare particularly well in a pro kitchen - with regular stropping, you prolong time between sharpening to months, making it an a good investment in quality tools. They will sharpen very easily and hold edge well.

These are marked as first quality knives.

Asking $445 shipped in the US. International shipping at cost with $10 credit.

Pics of the blades and the handles (example) below. A saya could be ordered separately for additional $50 (obviously, I offer it as an incentive).

19922

19923

19921

19919

19920

marc4pt0
11-02-2013, 01:40 PM
Very handsome, Marko. What's the pricing out of curiosity?

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 01:45 PM
$445 shipped in US with one of the 4 wood choice for handles. A custom saya can be had for additional $50.

Chuckles
11-02-2013, 02:10 PM
I'll bite on the right handed one.

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 02:13 PM
They both can be used for right handed user, I tested them both,but one that symmetrically ground has left bevel slightly more prominent (very minute) toward the tip, and wold probably be a good choice for a lefty.

The knife for a right hand use, the bevel on the left is flatter, so it's strictly a right-hand user knife. I presume that's the one you are referring to.

Please PM me about wood choice for the handle.

M

vinster
11-02-2013, 02:16 PM
Hey Marko, your mailbox is full.

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 02:31 PM
Just freed up some space

marc4pt0
11-02-2013, 02:56 PM
Doh! Looks like I missed this one.

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 03:00 PM
I cut some more of a dense stuff, and definitely like the asymmetric grind better.

So, going to stick to the original plan - one is for lefty and one is for righty.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 04:46 PM
Taking both knives for a spin to a pro kitchen tomorrow. Will have more to report later.

M

marc4pt0
11-02-2013, 05:32 PM
What time you coming by?
:biggrin:

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2013, 05:39 PM
about 12:30

marc4pt0
11-02-2013, 06:35 PM
Great. I have a softball sized truffle we can brunoise just for the sake of it.

Dardeau
11-02-2013, 08:10 PM
Of course the sujis go up for sale, and I don't see them. If anything falls through...

Marko Tsourkan
11-05-2013, 09:02 AM
Going to post wood choices samples so you guys have a better look. Will post pics shortly.
Cocobolo
Lignum Vitae
Macassar Ebony
Fiddleback Maple

Josh
11-20-2013, 09:38 PM
still planning on posting pics of the wood samples?

Marko Tsourkan
11-20-2013, 11:25 PM
I started on a bunch of handles yesterday and today. Most are cocobolo and figured maple. Haven't cut into lignum vitae board yet. All in all, I should have all handed for recent practice knives made in the next 4-5 days.

Pics tomorrow, hopefully decent quality.

M

ramenlegend
11-20-2013, 11:55 PM
I started on a bunch of handles yesterday and today. Most are cocobolo and figured maple. Haven't cut into lignum vitae board yet. All in all, I should have all handed for recent practice knives made in the next 4-5 days.

Pics tomorrow, hopefully decent quality.

M
:bliss: very excited

Marko Tsourkan
11-21-2013, 09:54 AM
Doing one handle at a time is what kills any efficiency there is. Knives are ready for the most part, just some more work on handles today and will start shaping and installing them.

statusquo
11-21-2013, 12:29 PM
Did the A2 workhorse get spoken for?

Marko Tsourkan
11-21-2013, 12:56 PM
The A2 workhorse is coming in December. Don't have time to work onto it till then.

M

Flyingpigg
11-22-2013, 12:28 AM
I started on a bunch of handles yesterday and today. Most are cocobolo and figured maple. Haven't cut into lignum vitae board yet. All in all, I should have all handed for recent practice knives made in the next 4-5 days.

Pics tomorrow, hopefully decent quality.

M

Yay, I'm special for picking macassar ebony! I'm excited to be getting one of your knives, but please tell me that you won't be working over Thanksgiving to make these knives happen.

Marko Tsourkan
11-22-2013, 10:02 AM
I won't be working on Thursday, but will be working every day between now and then, and after. I try to find efficiency in every process but more often than not, you can only work at a certain speed, if you want to get a certain quality. So, it's the putting in time right now.

Having an assistant helps, as I don't have to do a prep work, but fitting, shaping, and finishing - I still do all that stuff.

Steel in Texas
11-23-2013, 02:13 AM
:doublethumbsup:
if you want to get a certain quality. So, it's the putting in time right now.
:doublethumbsup:

Marko Tsourkan
11-23-2013, 09:18 AM
:doublethumbsup:
:doublethumbsup:

Isn't it like that always?

Steel in Texas
11-25-2013, 12:08 AM
Quality does take time is some form or another.

metromaxi
12-29-2013, 07:38 AM
good knives are obtained. I also want to have a collection 180-210 mm

Marko Tsourkan
12-31-2013, 02:46 PM
This knife was ordered with a D handle for a lefty, I mistakenly made one for a righty.

AEB-L, maple handle and saya. African blackwood ferrule and nickel silver tip.

Asking $325 shipped. Knife will be shipped from the buyer who has the knife.

Please contact me for payment details.

Thanks,

Marko

21284

9mmbhp
12-31-2013, 02:51 PM
PM Sent!

WildBoar
12-31-2013, 02:56 PM
boy, I need to check the forums even more frequently than I already do! Nice score Anthony!

Marko Tsourkan
12-31-2013, 03:03 PM
Actually, Rick (PenTiger) contacted me first, so he will have the first dib at the set.

Sorry folks.

A bit upset at myself aobut this, need a better order management system.

While I am at it, Happy Upcoming New Year everyone.


Marko

PS: There will be a couple of 225mm Western handles gyutos for sale shortly. I had to make some to get a feel for the western handle and I am happy how they came out. I will post the knives once they are ready to ship.

XooMG
12-31-2013, 03:07 PM
Wow...sorry I missed this...it was practically my grail knife.

9mmbhp
12-31-2013, 03:10 PM
:angryexplode::angryspin::pullhair:

Argh!

Lefty
12-31-2013, 04:52 PM
The westerns are going to last all of 5 seconds, I bet.

bear1889
12-31-2013, 11:14 PM
Can you set up an alarm for new forthcoming messages on here??

jimbob
01-01-2014, 06:35 AM
I reckon! I wasnt even close to looking for something that style but would have jumped on it. I bet there would be many in that boat too!

Steel in Texas
01-01-2014, 09:21 PM
Did I blink?

Marko Tsourkan
01-10-2014, 10:33 AM
These are from the last offering. All practice knives. Two more are almost done and will be shipped out tomorrow.

These three are going out today.

21470

21469

Marko Tsourkan
01-10-2014, 01:22 PM
These two are being finished today, and will go out tomorrow.

21471

These five (three in the post below) are the once I managed to finish so far. I will get some out next week also). I have about 6 more practice knives left.

Thanks,

Marko

skiajl6297
01-10-2014, 01:51 PM
Are all of them spoken for? If not, may I speak for one?

Marko Tsourkan
01-10-2014, 02:00 PM
Are all of them spoken for? If not, may I speak for one?

All are spoken for.

Thanks,

Marko

ramenlegend
01-10-2014, 02:46 PM
:bliss: i think one is mine!

Marko Tsourkan
01-10-2014, 02:47 PM
:bliss: i think one is mine!

Yes

CB1968
01-10-2014, 06:28 PM
I dont think one is mine :bashhead:

Josh
01-10-2014, 09:28 PM
haven't bought a new knife for a while... so happy to be the proud owner ove a Tsourkan knife. Can't wait until it is delivered!

:dance::dance::dance::dance:

Aphex
01-10-2014, 10:31 PM
Congrats, you've got yourself a great deal.

Can't wait until mine is finished, shouldn't be too long now.

chefcomesback
01-10-2014, 10:38 PM
Congrats, you've got yourself a great deal.

Can't wait until mine is finished, shouldn't be too long now.

+1



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turbochef422
01-10-2014, 11:46 PM
Your the man Marko!!

Chefu
01-11-2014, 05:52 AM
Marko, post the next sale in the middle of the night your time and I might, just might see it in time to snag one! Half a world away still trying to get a Marko gyuto :(

ecchef
01-11-2014, 07:59 AM
Marko, post the next sale in the middle of the night your time and I might, just might see it in time to snag one! Half a world away still trying to get a Marko gyuto :(

I feel your pain. Can't tell you how many times I got skunked! :curse:

Von blewitt
01-11-2014, 08:01 AM
Lottery.......

chefcomesback
01-11-2014, 08:12 AM
21487

Marko Tsourkan
01-12-2014, 10:34 PM
I am considering an idea of having some sort of lottery for ready-made knives, to be fair to all folks who are interested but because of the time difference don't get a fair shot at buying a knife from me. I have never done this, so suggestions will be appreciated.

I would like to make a majority of the ready-made knives with a Western handle, and I also would take suggestions as to what to make. I have a bunch of 255mm gyuto heat treated, with Shigefusa profile.

I will start with 1 knife a week.

Western handle knives are more work, so the price for these will have to be adjusted upward. Steel preference at this time is 52100 with A2 coming shortly after (need to prep blanks and heat treat them). Stainless steel knives are on hold temporarily, as I need to rebuild my cash reserves, so I can part with them again - PM stainless steel costs about 3 times more than 52100.

So the first lottery ready-made knife is going to be a 255mm workhorse in 52100, S grind, Shigefusa profile (maybe a little taller), with a Western handle.

Please suggest the subsequent. Any type and size is fine with me.

Thanks,

Marko

Dardeau
01-12-2014, 10:42 PM
I think it is a really good idea. What is the pricing structure for handle types and steels going to look like?

Marko Tsourkan
01-12-2014, 10:51 PM
These would be ready-made, so there will be not too many choices for handle material. Cocobolo has been my go to wood for a long time. I have some fiddle back maple, some lignum vitae. I would consider other woods but would have to factor the cost into the price.

My go to steel has been 52100. I am very comfortable working with it. There are a couple of other steels that I will use, A2 and PM Stainless, though these won't be available for 2-3 weeks.

I will start with pricing these at $2/mm (and see how it goes), with three choices of wood I listed above. If I use wood like ironwood, price will be updated upward to account for the price difference between my in-house woods and the block.

Western handle with one or two accents adds a considerable time to the total production time. I would like to get more efficient with making western handles, so I am willing to eat some of the cost of producing these. I can make 3 D in place of two western handles.


Marko

XooMG
01-12-2014, 11:49 PM
I like the idea of a lottery. Maybe it's a stupid suggestion, but if it's possible, it might be cool to give priority to first-time customers, rather than some of the hoarders who have several. Probably not a wise business model (punishing return customers?), but if you're already doing brisk business, I don't know how much it could hurt.

I guess one way to do it is to allow users to say "first time buyer" in the lottery thread, and when bids are tallied, first timers would get two votes.

I'm probably going to miss out due to the Western handle thing, but I'll keep watching anyway.

greasedbullet
01-13-2014, 12:32 AM
I think it is a good idea as long as the people that are currently waiting on knives from you don't have to wait any longer because of it. Also it would need to be a "This Knife is done right now and will be mailed tomorrow" kind of thing and not a "I'll get to it when I get to it" kind of thing.

easy13
01-13-2014, 12:47 AM
it would need to be a "This Knife is done right now and will be mailed tomorrow" kind of thing and not a "I'll get to it when I get to it" kind of thing.

+1

Chefu
01-13-2014, 12:50 AM
Lottery - I love it! Shige profile / 255 / 52100 / sounds unbelievable. It's exactly what I was looking for.

mdoublestack
01-13-2014, 05:27 AM
Lottery - I love it! Shige profile / 255 / 52100 / sounds unbelievable. It's exactly what I was looking for.

Someone that is a ways down your custom order list, and missed a couple choice chances to score one of your knives, I'd really like a lottery.

And this is the knife I want too. great things.

rdm_magic
01-13-2014, 07:23 AM
I'm confused as to how the lottery would work. Would you list the knife in a thread, let us register, then use a random number gen to pick the winner 24 hours later?

Marko Tsourkan
01-13-2014, 09:43 AM
A lots of good ideas, now need to figure out how to make them work.

There will be no customization, so the knife will be completed before the lottery and will be ready to ship the next day.

For custom order folks, I have invested time and resources to improve my capacity, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. By now I am also offering knives, handle types, sheath types, steels, geometries, etc. that weren't previously available, so in a large scheme of things, now might be a better time to get a knife from me. I have about a dozen of paid knife orders (mostly practice knives that I offered with limited customization, and some ready-made that I pulled off the market and offered replacements) that have a fist priority, but after that, I will go back to the waiting list orders and limited ready-made knives.

The custom order list is now closed and I will not reopen it until I get through the current list. And by then who knows? I might take the Murray Carter approach and get out of custom orders altogether.

Thanks,

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
01-13-2014, 10:05 AM
Probably the biggest reason of offering ready-made (one per week is not going to affect my custom orders output by much) so I can have some flexibility to do new things, like Western handles, new types of knives, etc.

Lefty
01-13-2014, 10:26 AM
Great idea, and the demand is definitely there.

Marko Tsourkan
01-13-2014, 10:43 AM
I am going to send a confirmation to all of folks who are on the list shortly. If you filled a form through my website, you are most certainly in. At this point it is difficult for me to give an estimated time when each order's turn is up, but I am optimistic that it won't be too long.

Thanks,

Marko

marc4pt0
01-13-2014, 10:53 AM
I'm sure you're still working on this but how would one add their name to the lottery drawing list? Will it be a new list every week you do a drawing or will you just culminate a running list, show the knife and announce the winner for that specific week?

Marko Tsourkan
01-13-2014, 11:32 AM
I need to hammer out the details. I am looking into software that would randomly select the names from the list, to keep it fair and transparent.

I think it would make sense to have a pool of participants each week depending on a knife offered, but I also would not want this to become more work for me managing a list.

So, all options are on the table, but I would like to select the least time intensive options and those that minimize my involvement. These projects always seem to be more work than anticipated.

Thanks,

Marko

apicius9
01-13-2014, 02:03 PM
Just saw this. How about setting up a document in Google docs. Everyone can enter their names themselves, you just pick a number and - ideally - don't have to deal with anything else.

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
01-13-2014, 04:52 PM
Google docs sounds like a great idea.

Here is what I came up so far with:

- There will be one stock knife per week
- Up to 25 entries in the lottery
- There will be an announcement and a link in my subforum to Google docs registration. Time of the registration will be given in advance and will be selected to accommodate folks around the world if possible.
- Entries will have to be submitted weekly (knives will vary from week to week, no same knife two weeks in a row)
- I will decide what knives to make each week and make an announcement in the beginning of that week.
- To be eligible, you have to be a KKF forum member with a minimum of 10 forum posts (you will be asked to list your forum post count) regardless if you have a knife on order with me or not
- If one wins, one won't be eligible to participate in another lottery for 6 months
- If one wins and decides to cancel a custom order knife, no problem (one can cancel at any time before I get to work on the knife)
- Should one win and decide one doesn't want a knife, another random selection will run, if the next person decides he/she doesn't want it either (just in case) the knife will be offered on first-come-first-served basis
- I will ask my wife to run the drawing to assure impartiality on my part
- Knives will have same 7 day return warranty as my custom knives

CB1968
01-13-2014, 05:16 PM
This sounds like fun, great idea Marko

Bill13
01-14-2014, 09:39 AM
I love this idea! Maybe I'll end up with a Marko knife after all.

toddnmd
01-14-2014, 10:37 AM
This sounds exciting!

Marko, by "up to 25 entries in the lottery", do you mean 25 people for each week? I wonder if there might be more interest than that.

Sdkkds
01-14-2014, 11:01 AM
This sounds like a great idea, and I think i was the last one to place a custom order on your site :knife: :bigeek:.

Marko Tsourkan
01-14-2014, 12:29 PM
This is a pilot project, so I have no idea what to expect, and I don't want to make it frustrating for people, so for now I will offer knives I rarely make, so that hopefully will keep the number of participants manageable. Below is the schedule for the next 4 weeks: I will post sign-up time and link to Google docs for the week of the 24th of January early next week.

Friday, January 24th
255mm tall 52100 gyuto with a Western handle. S grind, Shigefusa profile. Handle will feature contrasting accents in the front and back.

Friday, January 31
320mm suji in 52100 with a Western or D handle (TBD) S grind.

Friday, February 7
320-350mm scimitar in 52100 with a Western handle. Handle will feature contrasting accents in the front and back.

Friday, February 14
300mm bread knife in A2 with a Western handle. Handle will feature contrasting accents in the front and back.

Marko Tsourkan
01-14-2014, 08:46 PM
The signup will be on Monday, January 20th from 7:00PM EST and will run till 25 participants are signed in. After that the list will be closed. If anybody changes his/her mind and decides to drop their name of the list, I will remove their name manually.

The link to Google Docs will be provided on Monday, January 20th at 7:00PM EST.

I will create a separate thread for Lottery and will post all relevant information, specs, pics, etc. Link to the signup sheet will be in that thread.

Hope this will work,

Thanks,

Marko

bear1889
01-14-2014, 09:54 PM
What is a S grind?

Marko Tsourkan
01-14-2014, 10:03 PM
It's a combination of hollow and convex grind, akin to the grind found on Shigefusa knives.

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
01-14-2014, 10:55 PM
Finishing these three practice knives tomorrow. These will be all but one of the 225mm offered. After these, I will start on sujis and a 255 gyuto. These will definitely be completed this week.

21563

CoqaVin
01-15-2014, 11:22 AM
What are practice knives if you can clarify for me Mark Thanks

bear1889
01-15-2014, 12:22 PM
Will the 225 practice knives have ambidextrous handles or will they be "D" shaped?

Flyingpigg
01-15-2014, 01:36 PM
Is one of the practice knives mine, or am I the lucky one whose knife isn't done yet?

Marko Tsourkan
01-15-2014, 10:35 PM
Three 225mm practice knives. Two with D handle and one with modified (tapered) octagonal.

21587

21588

21589

pd99
01-16-2014, 12:42 AM
those practice knives look amazing!

marc4pt0
01-16-2014, 12:42 AM
Um, ahem (cough, clear throat, tug on shirt collar), you forgot to post the prices so I can, um, say "I'll buy that one".
:whistling:

Marko Tsourkan
01-16-2014, 09:23 AM
I am mixing posts, sorry.

These are practice knives that were offered in this thread a three months ago or so, and I am finally finishing and shipping these out.

I need to streamline my postings. :(

After a long hiatus, I made another octagonal handle (last one I made was a long time ago, been making D hanles exclusively), however I modified it - tapered the front for a better transition from a pinch to a handle grip. Did it just for fun, but it feels good in my hand, so I might offer it as an option.

Marko

bear1889
01-16-2014, 01:32 PM
I like your octagon handle design.

Marko Tsourkan
01-17-2014, 11:57 AM
I still have 3 of those available on a walnut base. Price is $74.95 for the set, shipping included in ConUs. International shipping - actual cost minus $7 credit. The package weighs 2.5Lb.

If you are US customer, you can purchase through the web site, if international, please email me and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

Thanks,

Marko

21625

21626

Marko Tsourkan
01-17-2014, 03:10 PM
One strop SPF to zoze, one was previously bespoken (thanks for reminding), so the last one is remaining. I am not sure when I will do another run of these, time for accessories is becoming scarce, just giving you heads up.

Thanks,

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
01-17-2014, 03:47 PM
The last one sold pending funds.

Thank you.

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
02-08-2014, 03:28 PM
New Information On Stock Knives

I took a hard look at my waiting list and I won't be taking any new orders for over a year. Custom orders and paid ready-made orders will be my primary focus going forward.

Periodically I will need to try new things, such as new types of knives, new handles, new accessories, etc, to keep improving and streamlining my production process, even for the knives that I have been offering for a while. Some knives I might make in different steels, profiles, geometries, handle materials, etc, than custom orders, so they will be offered separately as stock knives. Recognizing that a year a half is a long time for those who didn't get on the list, I will also make a limited number of stock knives using information gathered from knives surveys on my web site.

Rather than selling stock knives on a first-come-first-served basis, I am going to run a lottery for each knife. It's a little tedious, but I think a lottery system is fair and everybody gets a fair shot. I am going to keep stock knives separate from lottery knives I have in a different thread, as they serve a slightly different purpose in my mind.

The rules for participants are the following.
-Have over 10 posts on KKF
-Up to 25 entries for drawing or 12 hours, whichever is first
- You need to sign up for each drawing, link is below
-If you win, you won't be eligible to participate in another drawing for 1 month

I will post these periodically, without a fixed time in mind, but I will send an email announcing the upcoming post to those who were specified in surveys starting with the next knife.

So, for the start, I have a 150mm western handle honesuki in AEB-L for your consideration. I committed to produce a batch of these, so I spent some time tweaking the process. This knife is close to the production version I will offer, though there are some minute differences (steel type, thickness, etc). I am quite happy how the knife turned out and it carries same warranty as my other knives.

The knife is 3mm at the handle, 2.25mm 50mm from the tip, 150mm on the edge. Handle - Coke bottle shaped in cocobolo with blackwood endcap. I ground the blade and working on the handle so the knife should be finished tomorrow.

$270+Shipping in ConUs.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ani6qDqq4yZDdDFBUmRfR1FidDg0WlZRTEROaG01Y 1E&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Bef
02-08-2014, 05:25 PM
Hi Marko,

Are "stock knives" and your "ready-made knives" the same thing?

I got on your ready-made gyuto list a few months ago, do I need to do something, or I just wait until you get to my request on your list someday?

Regards,

Bef

cclin
02-08-2014, 07:18 PM
Marko, I'm little confuse between your "stock knives" & "lottery knives" drawing ....

say if I win "stock knives", I won't eligible to participate only "stock knives" drawing for 1 month or both "stock knives" & "lottery knives" drawing for 1 month??

Marko Tsourkan
02-08-2014, 11:01 PM
Marko, I'm little confuse between your "stock knives" & "lottery knives" drawing ....

say if I win "stock knives", I won't eligible to participate only "stock knives" drawing for 1 month or both "stock knives" & "lottery knives" drawing for 1 month??

Sorry for the confusion. Hope the explanation below is satisfactory.

Lottery Knives - Knives I don't often make (250+ gyuto, 280+ suji, 13-14" scimitar, miroshi deba, etc). I will make one knife per week for a lottery drawing. If you win a lottery knife, you can't participate in another Lottery Knives drawing for 3 months (reduced from 6 months).

Stock Knives or Ready-Made - knives that I might have available for sale for one reason or another. For instance, when I make a batch, I typically make an extra one or two knives, just in case. Also, when I try to improve on a production process, or test a new approach, the knife I make in process is extra. I used to put them up for sale on first-come-first-serve basis, but decided to do a lottery drawing for these instead, as it would give a fair shot to all interested. If you win a stock knife,you can't participate in another Stock Knives drawing for one month. There is no schedule for these - I might end up with several knives per month, or might end up with none.

You can participate in both lottery and stock knives drawing at the same time.

cclin
02-09-2014, 12:58 AM
thanks!! now, all I need is luck......

Marko Tsourkan
02-09-2014, 05:22 PM
Charlie, you must have prayed hard, because you wont this drawing! This is too funny!

LOL, I could not believe it when I opened the email from my wife. For the record, I don't do the drawings. I send the list to my wife and she runs the lottery for me.

The winner is cclin .

Congratulations! Pics shortly, literally 30-40 minutes.

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
02-09-2014, 08:08 PM
22161

22160

22162

22163

Bill13
02-09-2014, 08:12 PM
Marko,

Another beautiful knife! Off topic but mentioned in this thread a couple of weeks ago were your strops. When or do you plan on making any more?

Thanks.

cclin
02-09-2014, 09:10 PM
Marko, That is one good looking honesuki!!:bliss:

erikz
02-10-2014, 03:37 AM
What a magnificent monster of a Honesuki!

Zerob
02-10-2014, 04:33 AM
Dang didn't realize there were 2 lotteries going. Congrats. I wanted this honesuki bad.

AFKitchenknivesguy
02-10-2014, 02:59 PM
That's a beaut Marko, congrats to the new owner.

Marko Tsourkan
02-12-2014, 03:20 PM
S grind geometry, cocobolo coke bottle shape handle. The blade has no flex on the spine, thin above the edge.

$425 shipped in ConUs.

If interested, please sign up below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ani6qDqq4yZDdC1KR0dxcjliM25fRGVhcUFLcy1OQ VE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

The list will close either when there are 25 participants, or at 2:15 on 2/13/14, whichever is first.

V1P
02-12-2014, 03:35 PM
S grind geometry, cocobolo coke bottle shape handle. The blade has no flex on the spine, thin above the edge.

$425 shipped in ConUs.

If interested, please sign up below:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ani6qDqq4yZDdC1KR0dxcjliM25fRGVhcUFLcy1OQ VE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

The list will close either when there are 25 participants, or at 2:15 on 2/13/14, whichever is first.

Which knife are you referring to, Marko?

Ferry

Bill13
02-12-2014, 03:35 PM
Sounds just what I was looking (although I was looking for a wa handle). When will you have pictures up?

Marko Tsourkan
02-12-2014, 03:40 PM
This is a knife that I had ground recently as a part of my push into western handle knives. Trying to get proficient at grinding Western Handles. It will look very much alike the Western handle gyutos I have been posting lately.

Pictures are tomorrow of a completed knife.

Marko

Steel in Texas
02-13-2014, 01:30 AM
How tall with this be at the heel?

Marko Tsourkan
02-13-2014, 01:48 PM
About 50mm

Marko Tsourkan
02-13-2014, 03:58 PM
Sent out the names for drawing. Will post results as soon as hear back.

Vladimir
02-13-2014, 06:28 PM
Marko you have closed the list? I can not get into it?

Marko Tsourkan
02-13-2014, 07:21 PM
Chefu is the winner for 227mm gyuto drawing. Congrats!

Had a failure on the original handle, working on a replacement - maple with ebony front and end. Pics soon.

Thanks,

Marko

Zerob
02-13-2014, 07:42 PM
Sweet congrats!

ecchef
02-13-2014, 11:24 PM
Congrats Chefu! We should get together and compare Markos!

Steel in Texas
02-14-2014, 12:48 AM
Congrats Chef!

Chefu
02-14-2014, 01:08 AM
Chefu is the winner for 227mm gyuto drawing. Congrats!

Had a failure on the original handle, working on a replacement - maple with ebony front and end. Pics soon.

Thanks,

Marko



Wow! I'm really pumped -- can't believe I actually won! I'm looking forward to using my 1st Marko.

Chefu
02-14-2014, 01:09 AM
Congrats Chefu! We should get together and compare Markos!

Thanks, yes we should absolutely get together and compare. I still can't believe I won an opportunity to own one.

Bill13
02-14-2014, 09:42 AM
I was waiting on photos before entering. I'm sure I will be upset I didn't enter once I see the photos :) . Congrats are definitely in order!

Marko Tsourkan
02-14-2014, 10:17 AM
I was a bit thrown off by redoing the handle, but the blade is almost done - handle and the blade needs a final polish and the blade needs etching a maker's mark.

I also managed to forget my phone at home yesterday (I blamed on the snow blizzard), so could not take pictures of WIP. Will have them today.

Thanks,

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
02-14-2014, 04:47 PM
Here are the pics. You are going to see more of this type of handle - light wood with dark accents, in the future.

Thanks,

Marko

22255

22256

22257

22258

22259

apicius9
02-14-2014, 04:52 PM
Fish would be proud of you!

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
02-14-2014, 04:54 PM
His (Fish's) work inspired many of us, including you, so I would definitely be honored.

Thanks,

Marko

scott6452
02-14-2014, 05:05 PM
Wow! That handle is amazing, love it!

Steel in Texas
02-14-2014, 05:08 PM
Nice work!

Zerob
02-14-2014, 08:54 PM
Love the look and interesting shape. Now I really wonder how the handle feels.

Guss2
02-15-2014, 01:13 AM
That is amazing work Marco. The handle is just, just, gorgeous!

rogue108
02-17-2014, 11:52 AM
Wow that is a good looking Gyuto. Love the handle design, very elegant.

Marko Tsourkan
02-17-2014, 10:05 PM
Thanks, Andrew -

Marko Tsourkan
03-22-2014, 10:38 PM
255mm gyuto in AEB-L with a modified (tapered at the ferrule) octagonal cocobolo handle (cocobolo, horn, nickel silver spacer).

I would like to ask $325+ shipping for it (or $275+ shipping for just the blade).

Sold on first-come-first-served basis.

The knife was meant to be a thin S grind and I ended making it slightly thinner at the spine in the front section. It's going to be a really good cutter, but will have a minute flex in the mid section. It's not quite a laser, as the distal taper is not very pronounced - the spine is 3.25 at the handle, 2.75mm over the heel, then goes to about 2.25 50mm forward from the heel, 2mm half way, and 1.75mm 50mm from the tip. The knife is 55mm tall at the heel.

This was a custom order that I had to make to custom specs (and it turned out a little thinner), so I am offering it as a practice knife.

22978

22979

chefcomesback
03-22-2014, 11:04 PM
I will take it marko

pleue
03-23-2014, 12:32 AM
2nd in line?

XooMG
03-23-2014, 04:35 AM
I saw this quite early and struggled to not send a PM right away, as it's not my grail Marko (that was the 180mm tiger maple one), but now I regret my restraint, hehe. Congrats to the buyer.

V1P
03-23-2014, 04:48 AM
I saw this 1 min after Marko posted it.

You guys are lucky this is not the one I wanted, lol.

If it was the honesuki or heavy chef knife.....

daddy yo yo
03-23-2014, 06:46 AM
:eek2: Marko, wipe your keyboard, for God's sake!!! :wink:

Marko Tsourkan
03-23-2014, 08:43 AM
:eek2: Marko, wipe your keyboard, for God's sake!!! :wink:

LOL, work environment :)

Marko Tsourkan
04-03-2014, 02:44 PM
250mm gyuto in 52100 with Lignum Vitae handle. You can see the pictures of the knife in the link below.
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/16583-Knife-Lotteries?p=287347&viewfull=1#post287347

This knife was returned as the person wanted a sturdier knife with no flex on the spine. This knife has some flex in the third of the blade near the tip, but by no means would be considered a laser. It is 3mm over the heel, 2mm half-way, and about 1.7mm 50mm from the tip. Weight is 225g. Medium-thin S grind.


$500 shipped in ConUS.

Please send me an email (address in my signature) if you wish to purchase it.

Thank you,

Marko

marc4pt0
04-03-2014, 03:16 PM
Somebody is going to be very happy with this. If it's anything close to the one I just got, amazing score indeed.
Marko, the work you put into the one I'm using is just spot on. Thank you!

Marko Tsourkan
04-03-2014, 04:11 PM
Somebody is going to be very happy with this. If it's anything close to the one I just got, amazing score indeed.
Marko, the work you put into the one I'm using is just spot on. Thank you!

This one is almost identical to yours, Marc -

The knife might be SPF. Waiting for confirmation.

turbochef422
04-03-2014, 04:46 PM
that thing is ridicules i want one!!!

Marko Tsourkan
04-03-2014, 04:54 PM
The sale is confirmed.

Thank you.

Marko

Marko Tsourkan
07-16-2014, 02:54 PM
225mm AEB-L suji with D-style handle in cocobolo (the bottom knife in the picture). This knife probably should not have been designated as a practice knife, now that I think about it, but it's a done deal, so it is offered at a significant discount. S grind, 62.5RC hardness. 7 days return.

$310 Shipped in the US

24023

easy13
07-16-2014, 03:01 PM
pm sent, box full

easy13
07-16-2014, 03:10 PM
I'll actually pass if still available

rdwng303
07-16-2014, 03:25 PM
Inbox full, email sent.

CoqaVin
07-16-2014, 03:33 PM
any marko honesuki's out there?

Marko Tsourkan
07-16-2014, 05:02 PM
This knife was sent to me for custom work by overseas customer, but there was a change in plans and the knife is up for sale. Very impressive knife, I might add.

Price includes ConUS shipping and pretty closely color matched walnut saya (custom fitted to the knife).

Please contact me (my email address is in my signature) if interested.

24033

erikz
07-16-2014, 05:54 PM
How can there possibly be more then one unicorn... Beautiful shig!

knyfeknerd
07-16-2014, 06:08 PM
Wow! I just crapped my pants!

Brad Gibson
07-16-2014, 06:48 PM
Wow! I just crapped my pants!

what he said

apicius9
07-16-2014, 07:42 PM
Wow! I just crapped my pants!

Do not despair, there is help!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUP3PMLdoOs

Micioarch
07-18-2014, 07:16 PM
As always amazing knife. Any 225 gyuto on your schedule?

Marko Tsourkan
07-19-2014, 02:13 PM
Shigefusa is Sold in B/S/T section.

I will produce some of the 52100 15N20 western damascus sets down the road. I am getting more comfortable with etching, and that removes yet another block.

There is also going to be a 255mm Wa damascus in chevron that I am to sell on behalf of a customer (went back to school, priorities changed), So stay tuned.

Bill13
07-19-2014, 04:44 PM
Can't wait to see the 255 chevron. Is this a DT?

Marko Tsourkan
07-19-2014, 07:21 PM
It's JT (John Thomas)

Marko Tsourkan
10-18-2014, 01:22 PM
Need to raise funds. Starting tomorrow, I will be putting some knives for sale.

I will have some in JT Damascus, 52100, AEBL. There will be some practice and regular knives. All knives will be with handles (wa and western).

There will be sujis, gyutos, small gyutos.

Thank you.

Marko

V1P
10-18-2014, 01:24 PM
JT=Justin Timberlake? 😁

Marko, pls check PM

Update, inbox is full. Here is a copy of my PM :

Hi Marko,

Can you pls provide more info on the suji: length, steel, handle style and price.

Thank you.

Ferry


I see, I like, I cut.

ecchef
10-18-2014, 07:31 PM
Marko, read your p/m's.

Mute-on
10-18-2014, 10:36 PM
Watching with interest :thumbsup:

Mingooch
10-19-2014, 12:17 AM
what time are you posting these? I don't want to miss again for the millionth time

James
10-19-2014, 12:49 AM
Keeping a close eye on this one

ramenlegend
10-19-2014, 01:47 AM
Well, looks like I'll be watching this thread more than the Brown's game tomorrow.

Micioarch
10-19-2014, 05:24 AM
I hope there will be also some 210 gyuto :)

marc4pt0
10-19-2014, 09:49 AM
This sounds like fun!

Geo87
10-19-2014, 11:25 AM
Something tells me these will sell quickly lol!

Marko Tsourkan
10-19-2014, 04:18 PM
Hey folks,
I mentioned that I need to promptly raise some funds, so I am putting up some finished knives for sale.

Here is a quick explanation what these knives are.

There are a few of what's left from my "practice" knives stash. These include some experimental grinds (thin S grind, S asymmetric) and some new types of knives. All have good heat treatment, and pretty good finish and handles, but will not have my maker's mark and I won't alter the original profiles (some have pointy Masamotoish profiles). The warranty on these is the same as on my customs - 7 days return, and life-time under normal use. I price them for less than my custom or ready-made work, I hope they get into hands of people who could use a good knife for a reasonable cost.

I am adding another category - seconds. These typically have small blemishes, like not very successfully etched maker's mark.. In any event, each blemish will be described. I will price them slightly lover than my ready-made knives.

My ready-made knives - will feature better handle material, more complex handle construction, makers mark. There will be some in monosteel and some in John Thomas Damascus.

I still owe a number of custom work to folks, I will be completing and shipping out several this week (James, Lauri, Steve, Andy, Kevin, Michael, Greg), and maybe some more, but those that I won't get to, I will work with customers individually and make up for a long wait with extra work, better materials or in some other way.

All in all, this is going to be a hectic week. I need to raise some funds, as well as ship all completed work out, so I won't be able to visit forum a lot. If you have any questions, send it to me in email (my email address is in my signature).

And I won't to thank you for your patience. I appreciate all of it, and will return a favor in one way or another.

Thanks,

Marko

PS: The following knives will be posted later today or tomorrow morning. All feature S grind geometry.
First Quality
52100 - 12.5" scimitar with Lignum Vitae handle Western handle
52100 - 275mm suji with ziricote handle D stype
52100 - 250mm gyuto with quilted maple handle, blackwood, mokume tip - D style
52100 - 190mm gyuto with ironwood handle, blackwood ferrule, mokume tip - D style

Seconds
52100 - 180mm nakiri with walnut burl handle - maker's mark etched uneven - D style
52100 - 255mm gyuto (handle to be determine - - maker's mark etched uneven - D style or octagonal for lefty or righty
AEB-L - 240mm tall gyuto (handle to be determined) -D style or octagonal - for lefty or righty


Practice
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/cocobolo, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile -D style for lefty or righty
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/maple, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile - D style for lefty or righty
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/maple, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile -D style for lefty or righty

52100 - 275mm suji cocobolo, nickel silver spacer, horn D style
52100 - 275mm suji narrower , cocobolo nickel silver spacer, horn D style for lefty or righty

ramenlegend
10-19-2014, 04:25 PM
I would like the 190mm gyuto ironwood mokume tip if available. Will pm

SolidSnake03
10-19-2014, 04:26 PM
pm is full, email sent on some of the gyuto's...if your able to do either a lefty D or an octagon on them....

chefcomesback
10-19-2014, 04:29 PM
I will take 275 practice suji


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vadon
10-19-2014, 04:33 PM
I will take the ziricote sushi if still available. Will email as well.

Micioarch
10-19-2014, 04:37 PM
I'd would go for the 225 practice with cocobolo handle could you please let us know the prices.
I tried to pm you but you inbox are full.

gadgetguy9000
10-19-2014, 04:42 PM
Hey folks,
I mentioned that I need to promptly raise some funds, so I am putting up some finished knives for sale.

Here is a quick explanation what these knives are.

There are a few of what's left from my "practice" knives stash. These include some experimental grinds (thin S grind, S asymmetric) and some new types of knives. All have good heat treatment, and pretty good finish and handles, but will not have my maker's mark and I won't alter the original profiles (some have pointy Masamotoish profiles). The warranty on these is the same as on my customs - 7 days return, and life-time under normal use. I price them for less than my custom or ready-made work, I hope they get into hands of people who could use a good knife for a reasonable cost.

I am adding another category - seconds. These typically have small blemishes, like not very successfully etched maker's mark.. In any event, each blemish will be described. I will price them slightly lover than my ready-made knives.

My ready-made knives - will feature better handle material, more complex handle construction, makers mark. There will be some in monosteel and some in John Thomas Damascus.

I still owe a number of custom work to folks, I will be completing and shipping out several this week (James, Lauri, Steve, Andy, Kevin, Michael, Greg), and maybe some more, but those that I won't get to, I will work with customers individually and make up for a long wait with extra work, better materials or in some other way.

All in all, this is going to be a hectic week. I need to raise some funds, as well as ship all completed work out, so I won't be able to visit forum a lot. If you have any questions, send it to me in email (my email address is in my signature).

And I won't to thank you for your patience. I appreciate all of it, and will return a favor in one way or another.

Thanks,

Marko

PS: The following knives will be posted later today or tomorrow morning. All feature S grind geometry.
First Quality
52100 - 12.5" scimitar with Lignum Vitae handle Western handle
52100 - 275mm suji with ziricote handle D stype
52100 - 250mm gyuto with quilted maple handle, blackwood, mokume tip - D style
52100 - 190mm gyuto with ironwood handle, blackwood ferrule, mokume tip - D style

Seconds
52100 - 180mm nakiri with walnut burl handle - maker's mark etched uneven - D style
52100 - 255mm gyuto (handle to be determine - - maker's mark etched uneven - D style or octagonal for lefty or righty
AEB-L - 240mm tall gyuto (handle to be determined) -D style or octagonal - for lefty or righty


Practice
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/cocobolo, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile -D style for lefty or righty
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/maple, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile - D style for lefty or righty
52100 - 225mm gyuto w/maple, nickel silver spacer, horn handle Masamoto profile -D style for lefty or righty

52100 - 275mm suji cocobolo, nickel silver spacer, horn D style
52100 - 275mm suji narrower , cocobolo nickel silver spacer, horn D style for lefty or righty

Hello Marko - I will take the AEB L 240 gyuto - email sent.

Thanks

John

easy13
10-19-2014, 04:47 PM
email sent about 52100 - 225 practice w/ maple handle

melbournites
10-19-2014, 04:47 PM
If still available the other 275 zuji practice for lefty. I am in Oz thanks.

James
10-19-2014, 05:02 PM
Email sent

Leer1217
10-19-2014, 05:09 PM
Pm' about a couple of knives

Seth
10-19-2014, 05:16 PM
190 gyuto ironwood. hhmmm, I now see it is taken. make me second if it falls through

pete84
10-19-2014, 06:05 PM
I'll take one of the 225 practice gyutos if still available, thanks. Will send email as well.

Marko Tsourkan
10-19-2014, 08:59 PM
Hi Folks,
I want to clarify a few things. This thread was to give heads up what's coming up for sale, but I don't post pictures and prices until all knives are finished and ready to ship - trying to avoid past mistakes. There will be about 20 knives for sale, some in damascus (sujies, and small chefs).

I will break the sale into parts - first part, all knives in monosteel and second part - damascus. I think I am going to finish the whole monosteel batch and post it together on Tuesday, October 21, at 8PM EST. At that time, the first "I will take it" gets the knife.

Adding following knives to the monosteel group. All are practice.

AEB-L 280mm asymmetricl convex suji laser for righty - experimental thickness, will cut very well
AEB-L 230mm asymmetric convex gyuto laser for righty - same as above, also expect a great performance
52100 180mm funayuki - very similar to Carter's funayuki. Thin above the edge
AEB-L 140mm petty
A2 135mm honesuki/petty hybrid

XooMG
10-19-2014, 09:01 PM
ahh nevermind...didn't read.

Leer1217
10-19-2014, 09:04 PM
Is that 8pm EST? :)

daveb
10-19-2014, 09:06 PM
Should read OST or Only Standard Time:groucho:

Mute-on
10-19-2014, 09:08 PM
Interested in 255 Seconds Gyuto and 225 Practice Gyuto, 52100 for righty.

Cheers :thumbsup:

SolidSnake03
10-19-2014, 09:46 PM
By the way my past post was calling the first 255mm 52100 gyuto
and the seconds 255 52100 one assuming the first couldnt be made lefty d or a typical octagon, should have clarified that earlier

chefcomesback
10-19-2014, 09:52 PM
Hi Folks,
I want to clarify a few things. This thread was to give heads up what's coming up for sale, but I don't post pictures and prices until all knives are finished and ready to ship - trying to avoid past mistakes. There will be about 20 knives for sale, some in damascus (sujies, and small chefs).

I will break the sale into parts - first part, all knives in monosteel and second part - damascus. I think I am going to finish the whole monosteel batch and post it together on Tuesday, October 21, at 8PM EST. At that time, the first "I will take it" gets the knife.

Adding following knives to the monosteel group. All are practice.

AEB-L 280mm asymmetricl convex suji laser for righty - experimental thickness, will cut very well
AEB-L 230mm asymmetric convex gyuto laser for righty - same as above, also expect a great performance
52100 180mm funayuki - very similar to Carter's funayuki. Thin above the edge
AEB-L 140mm petty
A2 135mm honesuki/petty hybrid

Does that mean who responded saying "I will take the x knife" get them or first one who responds when it is listed with price and the picture on October 21st gets them?


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Marko Tsourkan
10-19-2014, 09:54 PM
Does that mean who responded saying "I will take the x knife" get them or first one who responds when it is listed with price and the picture on October 21st gets them?


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It would make sense to have the sale on the 21st, once the pictures and prices are posted.

Thanks,

Marko

chibok
10-20-2014, 12:49 AM
Lol..tart.
black tuesday and the crowd is packing knives.