Hey new forum. I got back from Japan last week, and even though I purposely planned not to, I accidentally bought a knife that was interesting and I had not seen before, at least not in this scale.
It was an Ichimonji knife they had on display with other big knives, and they called it a maguro mioroshi. What it really is is a 430mm mioroshi deba. It had been sitting there for years, and they weren't 100% sure what steel it was, although they guessed blue #2 after inspecting it. It was a really good price, too. They wouldn't have let me even look at it, but I had already talked to a salesman for a while about knife steels and types (my broken japanese is better when talking about knives, lol), so I guess I seemed legit.
It weighs 868g and has an almost 17" cutting edge. Proportions are all mioroshi deba. It's not sharpened much, and might need some setting up (hint hint...).
Now I kind of want another kujira knife to expand my plus sized line up.
^With 210mm mioroshi deba.
^From bottom: 120 ajikiri, 180 deba, 240 deba, 430 maguro mioroshi, 270 kensaki yanagi, 240 gyuto.
Holy smokes, that's a big honkin' mioroshi :) I'd love to see some videos of the thing in action sometime.
Nathan, you kill me with these knives you find, I love it! :happy2:
BTW, welcome. :)
Omg, that's a beast. Now all you need is a bigger cutting board :p.
@echerub - I'll need to loan it out to a local fishmonger then, or have someone buy me a 400lb tuna. I guess I could use it on swordfish or marlin, but my buddies haven't gone to Mexico in years. Maybe Jon Broida knows someone around here in the biz that would like to try it out, lol?
Now you can easily fillet a whale :thumbsup:
That monster makes your 210mm mioroshi look like a petty knife btw....
Well, I have an actual japanese whale knife, but it's a little shorter than this. Those 'kujira' knives are my (emotionally) favorite knives, and now I need another one so that my biggest knife is still for whales, haha. I also saw a number of different whale knives in Japan, but since whale consumption is down they are more like display pieces so people don't really make them anymore :(
Originally Posted by mainaman
Btw I had whale 6 ways while I was in Japan, and I actually liked it a lot.
Indeed. BTW, it seems like pros in Japan used bigger knives on average than people here. Like a 240 deba was pretty standard, as were 330 yanagis. The 210 mioroshi and 240 gyutos seem almost too small now.
Originally Posted by riverie