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GAZ082
12-28-2012, 01:32 PM
Hello guys. I'm interested in getting the famous Victorinox 8" Chef, 8" bread and 3.75 or 4 paring knives but all online sellers i looked seem to charge 45-100 USD in shipping costs to Argentina. Do you know of any reputable store with affordable shipping? My alternative is looking on eBay where each knife shipping is about 10 usd which is the standard rate i'm used to pay.

Thanks a lot and happy new year!

Benuser
12-28-2012, 01:48 PM
Not for Victorinox, but for Japanese knives:
japanesechefsknife.com
applies a flat rate of US$7

GAZ082
12-28-2012, 03:23 PM
Not for Victorinox, but for Japanese knives:
japanesechefsknife.com
applies a flat rate of US$7

Thanks Benu, awesome site for 100+ USD blades. A coworker loved it :-), but i'm looking for more mundane knives, ie, the 3 knives i plan to get from Victorinox are less than 90 USD in total!

shaneg
12-28-2012, 04:17 PM
have you tried here > http://www.**************.com/victorinox-knives.html
not sure on shipping.

mark76
12-28-2012, 04:55 PM
Not for Victorinox, but for Japanese knives:
japanesechefsknife.com
applies a flat rate of US$7

Hey fellow countryman, that is cheap! I guess that is ordinary mail? Any idea what they charge for mail with track-and-trace?

Benuser
12-28-2012, 05:07 PM
From their site:

We will basically ship your order
directly from Japan via EMS (speed
post, insured). It will usually take
only 3-5 days to arrive you. As soon
as the shipment is made, we will e-
mail you the EMS tracking number,
and you can trace it at EMS Trace

mark76
12-28-2012, 05:21 PM
Wow! Do you have experience with them? Sounds almost too good to be true.

Benuser
12-28-2012, 05:24 PM
Yes, serious guy, reliable, trustworthy.

chinacats
12-28-2012, 05:32 PM
Yes, serious guy, reliable, trustworthy.

Also communicates well by email if you need more info.

malacara
12-28-2012, 06:44 PM
chinacats

Quote Originally Posted by Benuser View Post
Yes, serious guy, reliable, trustworthy.
Also communicates well by email if you need more info.



I totally agree. Itīs been a while since last time I bought something from him but shipping and comunication have always been amazing and I am sure that hasnīt change.

Un saludo

rdm_magic
12-28-2012, 07:49 PM
No problems at all when I've ordered from JCK.

Does anyone know where you might pick up second hand blades in the UK? Somewhere like eBay, but not eBay as you can't sell knives on .co.uk.

Any British brands like Old Hickory/Forgecraft knocking about?

stevenStefano
12-28-2012, 08:24 PM
Does anyone know where you might pick up second hand blades in the UK? Somewhere like eBay, but not eBay as you can't sell knives on .co.uk.


Na not really. The odd time you'll get one of the few UK members here posting things in BST, but not often.

rdm_magic
12-28-2012, 08:57 PM
Hmm, makes me wish I was from the states lol

pumbaa
12-28-2012, 11:23 PM
Check out amazon.co.UK they ship free in the UK and sell forschner that was for rdm but amazon ships to Argentina cheap but it takes like 20 days

playford
12-29-2012, 02:39 AM
what about local brands? mundial that kind of thing? dont they sell victorinox/forschner over there?

JCK is great as its $7 via ems (2 days japan to uk) no matter how many knives you buy.

Means its sometimes as cheap with postage to buy new from JCK instead of buying second hand from us.

GAZ082
12-29-2012, 03:08 AM
Here we have Boker Arbolito but as usual when it comes to quality price ratio in Argentina it's not very good. For the same price of the BA I can get in Victorinox which I believe are better regarded. Im not looking second hand. I'll check Amazon UK. Did not find any store in Amazon us that accepted international shipping, perhaps won't be the case with UK.

I'm looking for a nice kitchen set to take with me in my new apartment, I'm not a chef, don't want to buy supermarket crap but neither Japanese Damascus, lol.


I'll

playford
12-29-2012, 04:36 AM
Ok what about this for an idea your forschner/victorinox are what $90 and postage from uk will be more than likely say $20 at least.... So your at around $110 dollars..

Try The fujiwara FKM. http://japanesechefsknife.com/FKMSeries.html#WIDTH:%20400px;%20HEIGHT:%20236px

No.10 Gyuto (chefs) 240mm: $83.00

No.1 Petty 120mm Cutting edge length: 120mm $40.00

Postage to argentina = $7

Total cost $130.

Pick up a cheap bread knife locally an thats you sorted for a pretty wide selection of tasks.

Duckfat
12-29-2012, 08:58 AM
Hmm, makes me wish I was from the states lol

Is there any reason that you can't buy used from the states and just have the seller ship to you? **If your package was declared as a gift then you'd probably have no problems with customs. ;)

rdm_magic
12-29-2012, 09:19 AM
No reason, postage just works out 30-40$ making any great deal not so great. Seems weird that postage is so expensive, but it is.

franzb69
12-29-2012, 09:20 AM
my country's super money grubbing corrupt customs officers often still tax me even if it was declared as a gift. retard buttmunchers they are. lol. i hates them.

i would find a way around that. i found a 3rd party courier that skips the getting taxed bit, they probably have a good contact at customs and that guy gets all the money. =D

Duckfat
12-29-2012, 09:35 AM
my country's super money grubbing corrupt customs officers often still tax me even if it was declared as a gift.

Bastages! :viking:

franzb69
12-29-2012, 10:22 AM
thank goodness i found that courier. but it only works in the USA. other countries, i still have to stick with regular shipping. i gotta talk to that customs officer and make some sort of mutually beneficial arrangement. =D

keithsaltydog
12-29-2012, 03:13 PM
Ok what about this for an idea your forschner/victorinox are what $90 and postage from uk will be more than likely say $20 at least.... So your at around $110 dollars..

Try The fujiwara FKM. http://japanesechefsknife.com/FKMSeries.html#WIDTH:%20400px;%20HEIGHT:%20236px

No.10 Gyuto (chefs) 240mm: $83.00

No.1 Petty 120mm Cutting edge length: 120mm $40.00

Postage to argentina = $7

Total cost $130.

Pick up a cheap bread knife locally an thats you sorted for a pretty wide selection of tasks.

Sound suggestion,Forschner is not a bad knife,but the Fujiwara has much better geometry,cost a little more than a Forsch.,but a good blade.If that postage is correct to Argentina for a 240 & petty,I agree

GAZ082
12-29-2012, 03:26 PM
I'll check them. I dont mind to extend my budged a little more if i get quality. The con of that website is that offers so obscure brands to knives newbies like me! :-)

GAZ082
12-29-2012, 03:56 PM
Ok what about this for an idea your forschner/victorinox are what $90 and postage from uk will be more than likely say $20 at least.... So your at around $110 dollars..

Try The fujiwara FKM. http://japanesechefsknife.com/FKMSeries.html#WIDTH:%20400px;%20HEIGHT:%20236px

No.10 Gyuto (chefs) 240mm: $83.00

No.1 Petty 120mm Cutting edge length: 120mm $40.00

Postage to argentina = $7

Total cost $130.

Pick up a cheap bread knife locally an thats you sorted for a pretty wide selection of tasks.

Mmm, those blades do not have symmetric cutting angles, am i right? Its 30/70 instead of 50/50. Doesnt that restricts its flexibility in what to cut and make it harder to sharpen?

playford
12-29-2012, 04:17 PM
I wouldnt worry too much, 50/50 and 30/70 isnt a great deal apart!

Benuser
12-29-2012, 05:03 PM
Asymmetric sharpening is much faster: with some degree of exageration, one could say you sharpen only the right side and deburr the left one. And from time to time you add a few strokes to recenter the edge a little.

GAZ082
12-29-2012, 05:41 PM
Well guys, i just closed my eyes and hit the PURCHASE button! Got a Fujiwara 210 mm Gyuto and a 12mm Petty knives. 7 USD shipping for BOTH items from JAPAN to Argentina is NUTS! :-)

Hope customs does not get annoyed by the value over 100 bucks and makes me pay 50% import tax rate. So far, with non courier shipments only national posts and under 100 bucks i had not trouble at all and got all packages tax free to my work.

Thank you guys! Now i'll have to look resources about how to take care of these beauties...

Benuser
12-29-2012, 06:04 PM
Congratulations! About maintenance, you've found the right place to ask, I would think. And you made my day by calling the brands JCK carries 'obscure'.

Notaskinnychef
12-29-2012, 06:26 PM
Contact JCK (their communication via email is great) and ask them to label as a gift, something like 25 or 50 dollars. That's what I did and that way you are safe on customs. They did it without issue and my knife arrived to canada in 3 days, very pleased with JCK

Chefdog
12-29-2012, 07:54 PM
Well guys, i just closed my eyes and hit the PURCHASE button! Got a Fujiwara 210 mm Gyuto and a 12mm Petty knives. 7 USD shipping for BOTH items from JAPAN to Argentina is NUTS! :-)

Hope customs does not get annoyed by the value over 100 bucks and makes me pay 50% import tax rate. So far, with non courier shipments only national posts and under 100 bucks i had not trouble at all and got all packages tax free to my work.

Thank you guys! Now i'll have to look resources about how to take care of these beauties...

Don't worry about the customs declaration. JCK has always been VERY conservative with stating the value of the packages I've recieved. We don't have to worry here in the US, but the last knife I got from Koki cost me over $250 and the shipping label claimed $35!!! You should be good to go. Enjoy.

SpikeC
12-29-2012, 10:34 PM
Congratulations on some great blades! Very good choice.

GAZ082
12-30-2012, 01:01 PM
Thank you guys, i already contacted Kiko. Let's see what he says. Just a quickie before i start looking in these forums, besides the shapenning rocks, do guy guys use honing steel rods or it's not used in japanese kitchen?

Chefdog
12-30-2012, 01:16 PM
GAZ,
Check out this thread, I think it'll give you some good information.
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/9861-ceramic-rod-bad-rap

eaglerock
12-30-2012, 01:33 PM
just ask koki to write a lower value on the package so you don't have to pay high tax :)