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Dusty
10-21-2012, 06:55 AM
Howdy,

I'm currently looking for a deba. This will be my first deba, although not my first single bevel knife. I'm looking for something around the 180-195mm mark, good carbon steel, with a nice and true grind.

I'm essentially after a good starter deba, that I won't necessarily want to trade up from in six months time.

What's important to me are edge taking and holding and toughness. Handles and f&f can be fixed or upgraded down the track.

The fish I break down range from 1.5-2kg john dory to 7-8 kg hapuka and barramundi. I'm guessing that this size will be able to accomodate my needs, and if anything else smaller comes along, I'll have an excuse to buy a ko-deba down the track.

Price wise, I'd like to keep it around 200-250, but I'd consider most things if something amazing, or great value for money came up.

Thanks very much,
Dusty

schanop
10-21-2012, 07:26 AM
Hey Dusty,

For that price point, I probably look at Sakai Ichimonji Kichikuni blue #2 180mm from BlueWay Japan.

On the other hand, I've been talking to myself that I don't need Yoshikane 180mm blue steel available at aframes (http://yhst-27988581933240.stores.yahoo.net/yoshikane-deba-180mm-blue-ii-steel-blade-charred-chestnut-han180.html).

Dusty
10-21-2012, 04:40 PM
I've been looking at the Sakai ichimonji, and that yoshikane looks great; but if I could something second hand, that would be ideal.

schanop
10-21-2012, 04:59 PM
I recalled Messe Jessy wanted to upgraded his Masamoto KK 180mm deba.

My main reason not to get yoshikane is because I already have a Shigefusa 180 and a KS 195 mm.

Messy Jesse
10-21-2012, 05:14 PM
I did, but we're old friends, and I'm not ready to part with it. Highly recommend the KK Deba though! It's nothing fancy, but I've used mine almost everyday for the past 2 years at work and it's always performed well. It's white steel, but it's very easy to sharpen and touch up. They can be had for $264 new at JCK.

tkern
10-24-2012, 02:18 AM
Yoshihiro puts out a good deba at that price.

Dusty
10-24-2012, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the advice guys, but I ended up buying a deba from Schanop that he very generously offered. :doublethumbsup:

Only three or four knives left and my collection will be finished. Then there's the matter of upgrades.

Messy Jesse
10-24-2012, 09:56 AM
We've all heard that before... ;)

Which deba did you end up getting?

Mucho Bocho
10-24-2012, 02:11 PM
I bought one from Keiichi (Blue Way Japan). its a solid knife, unfortunately I don't use it much even less than my Usuba. I will say that for butchering fish Deba is unparalleled. I only wish I discovered this style of knife when my Portuguese father was alive. He would have been blown away with the speed, power and agility it has in butchering fish.

Dusty
10-24-2012, 06:32 PM
A Sakai ichimonji kichikuni. Looking forward to it!

schanop
10-24-2012, 08:01 PM
http://imageshack.us/a/img705/9715/deba0.jpg

This white steel (now 195mm) deba has been posted, hopefully arriving tomorrow.

Messy Jesse
10-25-2012, 09:52 AM
Nice blade! Let me know if you ever get tired of that Shig deba...

schanop
10-25-2012, 06:36 PM
Shig deba :nunchucks: Masa KS, may be. I've found myself checking aframe's yoshikane deba page every now and then hoping to see someone buy it so temptation would be eliminated for a bit longer.

+Dusty, auspost tracking says that it is onboard with the driver now. Hopefully you will get a good use out of the knife.

Messy Jesse
10-26-2012, 11:19 AM
Send me a picture of the KS! I'd be interested...

Dusty
10-27-2012, 01:39 AM
Deba arrived yesterday safe and sound. Thanks again schanop!