View Full Version : Need (Pros) Volunteers To Test MT Yanagi in 52100

Marko Tsourkan
11-23-2012, 07:58 PM
Hi Folks,
I would like to get a private feedback on a prototype yanagi I ground. Sushi bar chefs would be given a preference. If interested, shoot me a PM.

I will do a yanagi pass-around later on, but for now I need a feedback for a current grind, weight, performance, etc. I will incorporate the feedback in prototype 2.0.

This knife has same HT as my other knives, so I am curious how people will find single-bevel 52100 with a good wear resistance and sharpness to compare to yanagis from Japanese makers.



Marko Tsourkan
11-23-2012, 09:56 PM
Got one down. There is still room folks, jump in! Pics of the yanagi coming tomorrow.

11-24-2012, 04:07 AM
Count me in if you will please.

Marko Tsourkan
11-24-2012, 09:04 AM
I am including a honesuki here as well, as both are true single bevel knives and both will be tested for a private feedback before I will attempt a prototype 2.0 of each sometimes in the 2013.

My goal for this project is to make a knife that will offer a superior wear resistance and edge stability (no chipping), while maintaining sharpness needed for protein cutting. These will be in 62.5-63.5RC hardness and in 52100 steel.

Also, there is something new to lean when trying a new grind. Sometimes it is like walking in a dark room - you need to bump your head against objects you don't see to get a better understanding where they are and how to get around them next time. I think I have learned already a few things I didn't know and that in itself is a good thing.

I have several pros interested both knives. Will be in touch over the weekend.



PS: Yanagi still needs a little work, so ignore for now unrounded spine and choil and not very fine finish on the bevel.







11-24-2012, 10:35 AM
I'd be more than happy to give 'em a go if you feel comfortable with a trans-Pacific voyage. Could get a small group of local guys together.

11-24-2012, 11:10 AM
Those look amazing. Beautiful work Marko.

Marko Tsourkan
11-24-2012, 07:36 PM
I got a few people interested, so thanks to everybody who contacted me.

11-24-2012, 09:21 PM
Have you considered asking Jon at JKI to check it out? If he would, I bet he'd have helpful suggestions.

Marko Tsourkan
11-24-2012, 09:34 PM
Have you considered asking Jon at JKI to check it out? If he would, I bet he'd have helpful suggestions.

This time, I am only considering pros - the knife has to be used on a line for several shifts.
Thanks for the suggestion, though. :)


Mike Davis
11-26-2012, 11:41 AM
Looks great Marko! Those single bevels are a whole new beast eh? I have been having fun with some.

Marko Tsourkan
11-26-2012, 07:26 PM
I am done with single-bevel knives (well, maybe do a miroshi after the New Year), till I get a feedback from the field.

Yep, they are a new beast, particularly in monosteels.


11-27-2012, 03:38 AM
I can't wait to see what the yanagi will look like :)

Marko Tsourkan
11-27-2012, 07:48 PM
I can't wait to see what the yanagi will look like :)

Like this but with a handle. :laugh:


11-28-2012, 02:37 PM
Did you find your testers alright or still working on the knives.?