Tojiro DP - grind issue
For my second Japanese knife I had decided that I wanted a honesuki, and in the end plunged for a Tojiro DP, mainly because I could get this knife from a UK website for cheaper than it was on sale in the USA, which seemed like a rare opportunity. Having read a lot of posts new and old about these knives I decided that the general opinion seemed to be that they were, all in all, a pretty solid knife for the money.
So, today my knife arrived (travelling the 200 miles in about the same time as a knife from Koki in Japan) and almost immediately I noticed what appears to be a bit of a problem.
First off, as I know you guys like photographs of knives, here is a standard portrait of the new DP...
On unpacking it, I saw that the bevel goes way off line, veering upwards about 2/3rds down from the tip, then heading back right down to the heel. I think this is overgrind? Here are some pictures:
Regarding the general fit and finish of the knife, compared to my CarboNext it is pretty poor. I knew not to expect great things, but it seems kind of shoddy really. Here are a few pics of poor F&F round the handle. I also include a close up of the printing on the blade for anyone who is interested. Nothing wrong with it, I just seem to remember that you people like to look at photographs of these objects. ;) :
I am hoping to get some advice about the following, though please feel free to comment further:
1. What do you think of the bevel issue? [overgrind?] Is it something that I can easily fix with my stones (bearing in mind that my #240 is getting very thin indeed after sorting out a couple of very blunt knives for a friend a couple of weeks ago)?
2. Is this level of F&F round the handle about what I should expect for this knife, or is this a particularly bad example?
3. Should I just send it back, and throw a little more money at a better knife, or should I throw a bit of effort into it and just keep it?
I haven't really played with it yet, so am not sure how much I like/don't like it. I thought I needed to find out what the deal is with the problems before I started to form any attachment to it, or otherwise. I am kind of leaning towards not liking it next to the CN though.
Thank you if you read this far, and apologies for the length of the post.
Wow man, really bad F & F, etc. Definitely looks like an overgrind issue as well. I would send it back, no question. Whether you spent .20 or $200.00, this is a piece of crap.
I used to own this same knife and mine was way awesome compared to this.
(in my best grandpa voice) They just don't make 'em like they used ta!
I'd send it back and get in touch with Jon at JKI. He's got a knife in a similar price range and mine didn't have any of these issues. Or you could buy a fancier one with really nice fit and finish.
H - I exchanged a couple of emails with Jon a few weeks ago and have been pondering all morning whether to go the JKI route (my sister is visiting from California in two months time...). He sent me a small picture of a stainless for $75 that looked nice. I am also considering upping my budget as you suggest. Just looking at the SS on the DP after being used to the CN for a few months is making me think that I have more feeling for the steel than I had thought. I had figured that it would be nice to try a SS knife, now I am wondering about that.
Originally Posted by heirkb
Come on, KK, don't sit on the fence. I need some solid opinion here :lol2:
Originally Posted by knyfeknerd
Jon is such a stand up guy. He's offers advice and wisdom freely, even at his own expense. Sometimes when you're spending your hard earned money, it's good to think about who your spending it with. Having said that, I'll call him today and order a couple stones.
I hear that. Always nice to spend the money with people who you like. The faff I had getting this DP was crazy - I initially called them to ask what time of day did I need to order something for it to be shipped, and eventually they said they didn't have one in stock, and they couldn;t tell me how long it would take to get one to me if I did order it. So I asked them to let me know when they had one in, and that I would then buy it. Two weeks later having heard nothing I called them up to find that they had had some in, but that they had sold them (not sure I believed this). Eventually I persuaded them to put one aside for me. When I finally ordered it on Monday morning I asked if they could let me know when it was likely to arrive, to no helpful response. They didn't even ship it till Tuesday evening.
Originally Posted by Mrmnms
Now considering options - the $75 one is tempting, but I am no longer sure about SS! I guess this gives me a nice excuse to keep on browsing for a while as I have 6 weeks before I would need to order anything from Jon to catch my sister's delivery service.
I wld email to them them your excellent pics adn ask them whether this is their standard of the grinds adn finishing?
IF not, kindlly deliver a perfect piece and inform them that their Quality Assurance has slipped. Who knows they might be grateful adn express it with a small token?
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am quite sure that they will replace it for you.
At times, they might try and get away by telling you that it is sharpened by hand.. Still no excuse.
THis is the result of either a new apprentice or the man doing his sharpening was distracted or off form/ simply not his day.
I am sure that they will address it. IF not, we all should know..
Personally, I wld take it as a challenge to do what I can with with the uneven edge adn look for ca glue to patch the handle bolster area. But that' s me.
I'd send it back. Sounds like it was a lot more hassle than it was worth. If your sister's coming over I'd definitely get something from Jon, I'd probably buy a few things actually, would save you a lot of money on shipping and import fees and all that
IMO it is an undergrind, not an overgrind, so it shouldn't take long on the stone to take down the high point on the soft cladding. The handle isn't great, but it can be fixed with CA glue and sandpaper easily enough. Personally I wouldn't return it, because I like to play around on the stones with new knives at any rate, so some extra work to start it off doesn't bother me. Of course its up to you to choose what you would prefer to do.
The one Jon sells is great. Really tough, can cut through a lot of bone (if you're an idiot like me :lol2:) and come out unscathed. When it comes to sharpening, though, I'm convinced I have no feel for steel. That said, it hasn't been a knife that has made me hate sharpening.
You could also get a Gesshin Ginga White 2. I wish my honesuki had a wa-handle. That's probably the only thing I don't like about it, but I just don't like western handles in general.