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JKerr
10-13-2012, 06:56 AM
I'm sure everyone here has one knife they'll always be chasing, be it due to cost, perhaps the line was discontinued, craftsman retired etc.. Perhaps a Hattori KD, a particular antique european knife, maybe some natural stone from some long closed mine in Japan?

For me, it's probably the Nenox C1 cleaver. I'm sure there's better cleavers out there and I could just pick up a Hattori FH (again) which I hear is pretty much identical. But the Nenox range is just so iconic, even if it is so horribly over priced. And given that the cleaver was discontinued so long ago, it's even more desirable.

But hey, a man can dream, can't he?

So what's yours?

Cheers,
Josh

VoodooMajik
10-13-2012, 07:21 AM
My father used to have an established career in the culinary industry a quarter decade ago and has offered me his 10" sab. I want alot of things, many jknives included. But this is important to me.

JKerr
10-13-2012, 08:51 AM
There's definitely "something" about a knife with a story. I've looked at so many old Sabs from the early century, and own a few vintage ones myself and I can't help but admire them when I hold them. Can't help but imagine how many enthusiasts and pros before me used them and what dished they helped create. I like to imagine my canadian massif from the 1940 has passed through a couple of (literally) old school French kitchens. :knife:

Cheers,
Josh

RRLOVER
10-13-2012, 09:30 AM
Well mine is truly a unicorn.I would love to make a handle from Narwhal ivory.....But it is not legal in the USA so it will never happen.

Rottman
10-13-2012, 09:57 AM
Well mine is truly a unicorn.I would love to make a handle from Narwhal ivory.....But it is not legal in the USA so it will never happen.

Isn't there old stock with cites-certificates that's still legal to be sold?

Don Nguyen
10-13-2012, 09:57 AM
Mario, maybe bring a portable shop to a place where it's not illegal?? Haha, dumb idea.

JKerr
10-13-2012, 10:00 AM
It honestly wouldn't surprise me if someone on this forum had a stash of Narwhal Ivory.

markenki
10-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Looks like Boone Trading has some old pre-ban Narwhal ivory. Ain't cheap.

RRLOVER
10-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Isn't there old stock with cites-certificates that's still legal to be sold?

Yes there is......Just not able to import to USA, Canada is only 6 hours away:D

cclin
10-13-2012, 10:20 AM
Well mine is truly a unicorn.I would love to make a handle from Narwhal ivory.....But it is not legal in the USA so it will never happen.

Mario, check here http://www.boonetrading.com/Narwhal.html I brought one from them about ten years ago!!

Lefty
10-13-2012, 10:26 AM
Hmmmmm

cookinstuff
10-14-2012, 01:53 AM
Hey Mario, you can make that at my place, I swear I have a full woodworking shop in my garage :lol2: Oh, and you would have to leave the handle with me for legal purposes.

sachem allison
10-14-2012, 02:51 AM
Well mine is truly a unicorn.I would love to make a handle from Narwhal ivory.....But it is not legal in the USA so it will never happen.

Actually it is legal in the states if it was here prior to 1972. Here is a link to a supplier and it ain't cheap. http://www.boonetrading.com/NewNarwhalSectionsLG.html

sachem allison
10-14-2012, 02:52 AM
sorry someone beat me to it.

knyfeknerd
10-14-2012, 11:50 AM
So, back to the unicorn thingy.......
....I guess I always assumed that there was the "perfect" knife out there. The one knife to rule them all.
You know, the one that gets crazy sharp, stays that way forever but is strong enough to not chip.
That knife doesn't exist. There are many, many great knives out there but you end up trading one attribute for a downside.
You know, the ones that get insanely sharp can be brittle and fragile, or they don't have the edge retention you're looking for.
I guess I'll just have to keep on buying more knives.:crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue ::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::cryt issue::crytissue:

GlassEye
10-14-2012, 12:22 PM
Well mine is truly a unicorn.I would love to make a handle from Narwhal ivory.....But it is not legal in the USA so it will never happen.

I had the same idea a while ago, I think it might be neat to leave the point at the butt of the handle, with maybe brass ferrule or some other equally rare material.

As for my unicorn knife, I don't know, maybe I will come across it at some point; a Jin yanagiba would be interesting or something with a similar feel.

cclin
10-14-2012, 12:32 PM
So, back to the unicorn thingy.......
....I guess I always assumed that there was the "perfect" knife out there. The one knife to rule them all.
You know, the one that gets crazy sharp, stays that way forever but is strong enough to not chip....

short version of this:D
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/star_wars_red_lightsaber_zpsadda7a27.jpg

knyfeknerd
10-14-2012, 12:47 PM
short version of this:D
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/star_wars_red_lightsaber_zpsadda7a27.jpg
Yeah, but what's the grind like?

GlassEye
10-14-2012, 01:48 PM
Yeah, but what's the grind like?

Looks like a convex laser to me.

Zwiefel
10-14-2012, 01:54 PM
Looks like a convex laser to me.

crude distal taper though.

Salty dog
10-14-2012, 02:51 PM
http://korin.com/Nenohi-Shiki-Knife-Aizu-Nuri-SP?sc=27&category=280104

When I saw it in person at an ECG it was $3100.00

heldentenor
10-14-2012, 02:52 PM
I would love to own a knife that represented an outstanding craftsman at the height of his skill. For me that would include the knives that Devin Thomas made for Dillard a couple of years ago, a Doi Hayate, a Burke dragon's breath damascus, or a Rader integral bolster slicer like Salty has. None of these are unobtainable, but the combination of cost, scarcity, and wait time means I'll never own them.

heirkb
10-14-2012, 02:53 PM
So, back to the unicorn thingy.......
....I guess I always assumed that there was the "perfect" knife out there. The one knife to rule them all.
You know, the one that gets crazy sharp, stays that way forever but is strong enough to not chip.
That knife doesn't exist. There are many, many great knives out there but you end up trading one attribute for a downside.
You know, the ones that get insanely sharp can be brittle and fragile, or they don't have the edge retention you're looking for.
I guess I'll just have to keep on buying more knives.:crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue ::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::crytissue::cryt issue::crytissue:

I'm realizing this, too. For me, I was especially looking for a knife that cuts totally effortlessly on almost everything. Well, I found some knives pretty close (e.g. Marko practice gyuto, Tilman gyuto...), but they feel more delicate at the edge than any other knives I've tried (even lasers, since they're thinner at the edge than the few laser gyutos I've tried). I guess there's always a trade-off.

Salty dog
10-14-2012, 02:59 PM
I think my Unicorn is on the shelf. I once was going to make a special trip to purchase it and naively asked Korin for some assistance from the airport. (Like a ride.) I hate not knowing where I'm going or how to get there. Especially when it's a short one nighter.

Long story short, didn't go.

Honestly, I have owned every other knife I"ve lusted over. Except maybe Collin's Suji.

mr drinky
10-14-2012, 03:19 PM
Honestly, I have owned every other knife I"ve lusted over. Except maybe Collin's Suji.

I am 90% sure Colin's suji is my unicorn. There have been a few others that have tempted me, but I always come back to that one.

k.

Sarge
10-14-2012, 07:06 PM
+1 To what Salty said. My unicorn is out there waiting to be purchased or made for me. I just need to have the funds or time to look.

Rottman
10-14-2012, 07:32 PM
For me, it's probably the Nenox C1 cleaver. I'm sure there's better cleavers out there and I could just pick up a Hattori FH (again) which I hear is pretty much identical. But the Nenox range is just so iconic, even if it is so horribly over priced. And given that the cleaver was discontinued so long ago, it's even more desirable.

But hey, a man can dream, can't he?


So that 230 Hattori prototype should be right up your alley
http://i893.photobucket.com/albums/ac136/Rottman666/forums/230HattoriFHcleaverprototype.jpg

JKerr
10-14-2012, 08:44 PM
So that 230 Hattori prototype should be right up your alley


Would love to own the prototype cleaver. I was seriously considering buying another Hattori FH cleaver (still am), I know they don't get a lot of love around here, but I think the FH series is an awesome line. I really regret selling mine :sad0:

Cheers,
Josh

NO ChoP!
10-14-2012, 09:34 PM
Unicorns are for dreamers....

I like to try and enjoy my realities.

Lefty
10-14-2012, 09:41 PM
I have a few, and I'd put Dillard's DT up towards the top, as well. Along with that, I'd go with a 270 suji by Pierre, with some nice carbon O1/L6 damascus, ebony handle, green mammoth tooth spacer and ebony ferrule. On top of that, I'd want a Butch folder, a lefty Carter yanagiba with a nice understated handle and surprisingly a Kramer chef knife. Doesn't matter which one.

I'm playing with my "sorta unicorn", for the next week or so, thanks to Mike and Matt.

I hate to admit it, but the Kramer is my real unicorn, and the others are "perfect knives" that are actually attainable...well, not the DT, I guess.

cookinstuff
10-15-2012, 12:18 AM
My unicorn was made by my godfather's father whom I was named after. It is a stag handled hunter, he said he made it out of ballbearing steel. This one was left unused, still has a mirror polish and it's over 50 years old, sadly when my grandfather passed away we didn't take any of the hunting stuff, we left it with our family that still hunts up north, I'm sure there is some old used knives at my uncles. It might be worth taking a trip and seeing what's kicking around.

Kitchen knives, I don't have a unicorn, I am blessed to have tried alot of really nice knives, and they are all different and special in their own ways. I think it's like getting married, I haven't met the knife yet, I know that much, but I also won't know it until I use it I bet.

kalaeb
10-15-2012, 12:52 AM
Always wanted a Rolex Submariner....knives, don't know that there is one yet. A san mai from Bill would probably be close to the top, but I am pretty content with my vintage stuff and my current rotation.

Canadian
10-19-2012, 12:33 PM
My father used to have an established career in the culinary industry a quarter decade ago and has offered me his 10" sab. I want alot of things, many jknives included. But this is important to me.

This sounds special.

How's Marmot shaping up?

Canadian
10-19-2012, 12:38 PM
I forgot to add that I would like to get my hands on a really old Sab in excellent condition. Something pre-1920s.

El Pescador
10-19-2012, 01:37 PM
Always wanted a Rolex Submariner....knives, don't know that there is one yet. A san mai from Bill would probably be close to the top, but I am pretty content with my vintage stuff and my current rotation.

Had the Submariner...traded up for a Deep Sea. The Deep Sea seems to stay in the drawer along with a Breitling. I am wearing a G-Shock these days.

Lefty
10-19-2012, 03:48 PM
How much for the Breitling? :)

Lefty
10-19-2012, 03:49 PM
My other unicorn....

Salty dog
10-19-2012, 05:39 PM
Picked one up in Times Square for 40 bucks! Talked down from 150!

El Pescador
10-19-2012, 05:54 PM
How much for the Breitling? :)

Might have well bought it on times square...something happened and the crown fell out! It going to cost a $1100 to fix and I can't sell it b/c I got it as a gift from my folks.

SpikeC
10-19-2012, 05:56 PM
Well, if you can't sell it, just send it over here and I'll borrow it!

El Pescador
10-19-2012, 05:56 PM
The Deep Sea is build like a 1978 240d Mercedes Benz! Thing is massive and must weight close to a pound. My arm got tired wearing it all day. There were times that I felt wearing it was inappropriate, so I got the Casio.

Lefty
10-19-2012, 10:21 PM
Well, if you can't sell it, just send it over here and I'll borrow it!

I smell Breitling passaround!!!

WiscoNole
11-19-2012, 04:34 AM
Someday I'll have a Masamoto KS Honyaki gyuto.

dmccurtis
11-19-2012, 05:10 AM
Someday I'll have a Masamoto KS Honyaki gyuto.

Ditto.

Notaskinnychef
11-19-2012, 05:23 AM
Bought myself a blue face breitling super avenger for my grad from nursing school 5 years ago. I LOVE IT.

As for knives, I'm too newbish to have a unicorn yet. I'm waiting on my carbonext as my first knife, then unicorns will surely become more frequent.

ecchef
11-19-2012, 08:00 AM
Can't seem to wear a watch for more than a month without breaking it. :(

But, if I could, it would be an IWC Portuguese series.

NO ChoP!
11-19-2012, 08:59 AM
I collect Casio Frogman watches; at least I used to, nowadays a rare one runs well over a G. Too much for a plastic watch.....

eaglerock
11-19-2012, 12:42 PM
Can't seem to wear a watch for more than a month without breaking it. :(

But, if I could, it would be an IWC Portuguese series.

Try Seiko Black/orange monster :D