View Full Version : My First Trip to JKI

08-27-2012, 02:54 AM
I went to JKI last Wednesday with my girlfriend and her sister. I was mesmerized by everything from the second I walked in, the knives, the stones, and the art. Both Jon and Sara were so inviting towards all three of us. Jon and I started talking about what I was interested in and let me watch him sharpen a few knives while we talked. (I was amazed at how effortless he made it look) Sara brought out her new tea and some chocolates which we devoured. Jon explained to me the different nuances of many of the knives that he has. I do not have much experience with Japanese knives and thought I wanted one thing and was pleasantly surprised when Jon told me that, in fact, I wanted something completely different. I ended up purchasing a 240mm Gesshin Uraku Wa-Gyuto and I could not be happier. This is my first Wa handle and it has taken a few days to get accustomed to it, but I don't think I will go back to a western handle.

I want to thank both Jon and Sara for helping me start on a great new adventure. They have secured me as a customer for the rest of my life, I will be back there soon for another knife and to gain greater insight into everything knives.

sachem allison
08-27-2012, 03:07 AM
welcome and enjoy the adventure.

08-27-2012, 04:03 AM
welcome and enjoy the adventure.
Ha, yeah. You picked up the knife and let go of the rope. Have fun falling with us down the long and winding rabbithole of Japanese cutlery.

08-27-2012, 05:47 AM
Welcome indeed, we are all in the same (sinking?) boat :p

08-27-2012, 06:58 AM
Sounds like par for the course when visiting JKI. Thanks for sharing. Yet another reason I wish I was on the west coast.

08-27-2012, 10:27 AM
Congrats on the new knife, and welcome to the forum!

Cutty Sharp
08-27-2012, 01:56 PM
You're lucky to visit. I'd say - including Japan - there aren't many places like that in the world!