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Moodymann
05-28-2012, 07:26 PM
Just got an email from Nakaya Heiji letting me know that my knife is ready. Strangely at exactly the same time as I was thinking about it and also visiting this forum for the first time in weeks. I started email Nakaya at the start of March and ordered on the 28th March, now it's ready and I'm quite excited.

The photo isn't the greatest, but here it is anyway. 210mm Special Swedish steel Gyuto with octagonal burnt chestnut handle.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/581316_10150814555726256_75287913_n.jpg

heirkb
05-28-2012, 07:31 PM
Nice! Makes me want to buy another one.

G-rat
05-28-2012, 07:32 PM
Seriously you are gonna love that knife

Pensacola Tiger
05-28-2012, 07:32 PM
Sweet! Looking forward to more pics when you get it.

kalaeb
05-28-2012, 10:17 PM
Nice! Two months is not a bad turn time either. Congrats!

Crothcipt
05-28-2012, 10:20 PM
wow sweet slice there.

labor of love
05-28-2012, 10:22 PM
really diggin that handle

Aphex
05-28-2012, 10:51 PM
I seem to go week at the knees every time i see a heiji. I really think it's time i jumped on the bandwagon and put in an order.

I don't want to put a downer on things but customs are really going to do you when the knife arrives in the country. I recently got charged 90 for a 190 knife.

labor of love
05-28-2012, 11:14 PM
I could go for a 270 version. That profile is really impressive. whats the spine measurement at the heel?

tk59
05-28-2012, 11:17 PM
Nice looking blade. :thumbsup:

GlassEye
05-29-2012, 01:37 AM
That is a nice looking profile, and I am sure everything else is just as great.

JMac
05-29-2012, 01:45 AM
I like the look of the burnt chestnut handle a lot.

stereo.pete
05-29-2012, 01:53 AM
I can't wait to see more pics, congrats!

Moodymann
05-29-2012, 07:21 PM
I don't want to put a downer on things but customs are really going to do you when the knife arrives in the country. I recently got charged 90 for a 190 knife.

Well that successfully puts a downer on things!

dav
05-29-2012, 07:49 PM
[QUOTE=Moodymann;113359]Well that successfully puts a downer on things![/QUOTE

Tax/VAT and import duty for the UK runs at 28% so Aphex must have paid a lot for the services of the shipping company for a 190 knife doesn't sound right to me. Anyway all of the retailers and Japanese makers have been erm understanding so I've either paid nothing or considerably less. UK taxes what a rip off makes me sick but still cheaper than you'd pay no doubt if you could actually buy a knife such as the one you've purchased in the UK. If its not been sent or for future purchases have a word with the retailer/manufacturer as all have been very accommodating.

Aphex
05-29-2012, 10:54 PM
The ammount i paid in tax was'nt right, that's why i was so peeved. Customs seem to be making it up as they go along at the moment, particulary with stuff from the US.

SpikeC
05-30-2012, 04:13 PM
They are still mad about 1812.

Moodymann
05-30-2012, 06:42 PM
Anyway all of the retailers and Japanese makers have been erm understanding so I've either paid nothing or considerably less.

If its not been sent or for future purchases have a word with the retailer/manufacturer as all have been very accommodating.

As far as I know it's not been sent, I asked for the knife to be sharpened for use. Would you be so kind as to enlighten me on how I can be accommodated?

thanks.

Moodymann
06-01-2012, 08:06 PM
really diggin that handle

me too, i was expecting it to be darker. He sent me a few images before ordering, here they are.

http://media-cache1.pinterest.com/upload/72268768990570278_VIS7bXgm.jpghttp://media-cache7.pinterest.com/upload/72268768990570273_qcpjlQSH.jpg

Eamon Burke
06-01-2012, 09:52 PM
They are usually 3.5mm or so at the ferrule, but taper considerably. Thin edges.

I wish I could use one, but alas, can't get high on my own supply.

Moodymann
06-11-2012, 07:43 PM
The ammount i paid in tax was'nt right, that's why i was so peeved. Customs seem to be making it up as they go along at the moment, particulary with stuff from the US.

I got a letter from Parcelforce today, invoicing me for a little over 50. Oh well, paid it and should be in my hands tomorrow.

Aphex
06-12-2012, 11:49 PM
50 is pretty bad but not too bad i suppose, what annoys me though is the clearance fee parcelforce charges. Congrats on your knife though, you've got yourself one of the best.

add
06-13-2012, 12:03 AM
Love the intrigue on these knives... please post your thoughts when you get a chance to absorb the experience.

Thanks!

vai777
06-15-2012, 05:00 PM
nice

Moodymann
06-16-2012, 09:07 PM
Love the intrigue on these knives... please post your thoughts when you get a chance to absorb the experience.

So, it arrived the day after I paid the customs charges and have been enjoying using it on a variety of tasks. I've not managed to get any photos taken yet as I just got stuck into it as soon as I got it home and the knife reacted to the tomatoes immediately. So it's already lost that super fresh look.

OOTB it was razor sharp, the edge was very fine and almost impossible for my eyes to focus on from above. Cutting has been effortless, well the main effort was going into not cutting (myself). I did however come to find a micro sized chip after the first use, I noticed it when it dragged on the dish towel. It was so small I thought it was probably damage in transit, there was no effect on performance however the knife has since developed a series micro chips and now has serrated edge.

I did ask Heiji to get it sharp for me but I think the edge must have been too fine, only thing is... I don't have a stone to put a micro bevel on it. I wasn't expecting to have it on the stones so soon and I'm still researching what best to get for this knife. I read it could be something to do with the board being too soft, however knowing that my board is soft and not entirely flat I have been very careful with how I've been using it.

Overall I am very pleased with the purchase, I just want to get the edge sorted out so I can get back to enjoying the knife. The knife definitely has some wabi sabi, the handle is comfortable and fits nicely in hand and to the blade. You can see some small nics where it looks like some unwanted sanding occurred on the ferrule but this is soon forgotten when your holding the knife and cutting.

I'm interested to hear what you guys think about what I've described.

Over and out for now

Vertigo
06-16-2012, 09:17 PM
I've ran in to a couple knives that were a wee bit chippy straight out of the box, and they usually hit their stride after a few rounds on the stones. Not sure what to say since you don't have a stone... except it might be time to get one! :D

Moodymann
06-16-2012, 09:24 PM
Not sure what to say since you don't have a stone... except it might be time to get one! :D

Sounds like a plan

Yamabushi
01-01-2013, 09:35 AM
Sorry to revive a 6 month old thread, but I'm hungry for Heiji information. Any updates and/or photos?

Moodymann
03-26-2013, 05:53 PM
Sorry to revive a 6 month old thread, but I'm hungry for Heiji information. Any updates and/or photos?

Hi Yamabushi, the knife is great and held out for a long time before I was eventually able to get round to buying a stone. I never did take any photos so any that I take now will not be any representation of how it looked when new. The only problem I have is getting a good edge and that's nothing to do with the knife itself.

vai777
03-27-2013, 02:51 PM
what happened to the pic?