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heldentenor
07-01-2012, 06:44 PM
A quick run of the text at the following link leads me to believe so, but I can't read Japanese. Can anyone confirm this? Was I under a rock?

http://www.konosuke-sakai.com/news/log/eid181.html

Crothcipt
07-01-2012, 06:51 PM
If I read that right (translation) he is just doing orders for local.

JBroida
07-01-2012, 07:49 PM
its actually that they stopped selling within japan because foreign sales have taken off so much and they are working hard to support that.

Crothcipt
07-01-2012, 07:51 PM
I thought I didn't read that right.

heldentenor
07-01-2012, 07:52 PM
Jon,

Thanks for clearing that up. That was what Google translator seemed to indicate, but that had me confused.

labor of love
07-01-2012, 08:02 PM
i tried to order a knife directly recently. if you try to order from konosuke in the US theyll just forward you to **** and you order through him.

heldentenor
07-01-2012, 08:26 PM
i tried to order a knife directly recently. if you try to order from konosuke in the US theyll just forward you to **** and you order through him.

That was my suspicion.

kalaeb
07-01-2012, 08:36 PM
You have to go through a US based distributor to get them.

heldentenor
07-01-2012, 08:46 PM
Got it. On a related note--and I ask this as an innocent inquiry, not wishing to provoke--it seems that either **** is offering Fujiyama knives at deep discounts-20% to 30% plus, depending on the knife--over Konosuke's direct order prices, or that they are selling "Hawk" knives as "Fujiyama." The 270 "Fujiyama white #2" that **** lists at $399, for example, would cost 39,000 yen ($500 if my currency conversion is correct) plus shipping, while the "Hawk" white steel version of the same knife costs the equivalent of $402 before shipping. Anyone know which is the case?

Namaxy
07-01-2012, 08:52 PM
You have to go through a US based distributor to get them.

Are there any alternate distributors to ****?

chinacats
07-01-2012, 08:53 PM
Are there any alternate distributors to ****?

+1

Rottman
07-01-2012, 09:05 PM
There's a store in Toronto that carries Konosuke: Tosho knife arts.

labor of love
07-01-2012, 09:25 PM
Are there any alternate distributors to ****?

just watch the B/S/T section. a konosuke turns up once a week.:lol2:

heldentenor
07-01-2012, 09:26 PM
True, but with the exception of Bishamon's yanagiba, I only remember seeing gyutos of various stripes on the B/S/T.

labor of love
07-01-2012, 09:36 PM
unless youre getting something with hd steel, I really dont see any reason to buy from konosuke at all honestly. what knife are you looking to purchase?

labor of love
07-01-2012, 09:52 PM
sorry, i just nocticed you were interested in the fujiyama.

heldentenor
07-01-2012, 09:55 PM
Nothing particular at the moment, but I'm looking at adding some single bevels to my repertoire. Probably either a deba and a yanagiba or a mioroshi, which I would use in the way the Theory and CitizenSnips use theirs (whole fish and poultry fabrication, portioning, occasional slicing). If I go the latter route, the options for blue steel plus ebony handle are either Konosuke or custom from a brand that Korin or JKI carries. Just trying to get a feel for what's out there.

shankster
07-01-2012, 10:09 PM
There's a store in Toronto that carries Konosuke: Tosho knife arts.

+1
Great store with some great knives...

http://toshoknifearts.com/

cookinstuff
07-02-2012, 12:16 PM
Tosho is a nice store, they have no problem getting custom work in from Konosuke for you, I think they ship anywhere. I'm not sure, I have never ordered, they are pretty close, only Konosuke and Takeda mostly though.

Johnny.B.Good
07-02-2012, 03:58 PM
I have ordered from Tosho Knife Arts (an item I couldn't find elsewhere) and wouldn't hesitate to do so again. Relatively quick and inexpensive shipping (if I recall correctly) and they seem like nice people (little hand written thank you note on my receipt).

heldentenor
07-02-2012, 04:48 PM
Thanks, all.