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    Anyone who has a life-threatening shellfish...

    Anyone who has a life-threatening shellfish allergy who goes out to eat at a sushi bar is an idiot, or has a mild or "fashionable" allergy.
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    I remember there being some discussion about...

    I remember there being some discussion about whether the wide bevel was cosmetic or not. The "new" version certainly looks different from the old Hontanren knives (most notably popularised by...
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    +1, knives not used as tools = pointless. ...

    +1, knives not used as tools = pointless.

    Knowing Yoshikane, this thing will not need babying/be a fragile knife.
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    Incredible blade and handle, tragic logo.

    Incredible blade and handle, tragic logo.
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    As a Welshman, I urge you to avoid Penderyn. Both...

    As a Welshman, I urge you to avoid Penderyn. Both the Madeira (standard bottling) and the Port finishes are cloyingly sweet. Awful stuff (sadly), and a terrible introduction to malt whisky.

    For a...
  6. If you order from the States reckon on paying...

    If you order from the States reckon on paying around 25-35% of the price of the knife on delivery and customs charges.

    In answer to your question, yes, there are many great knives. The Itinomonn...
  7. I bought my strop in the states, online about 7...

    I bought my strop in the states, online about 7 years ago. It is loaded with chromium oxide.
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    This is awesome. Tom is awesome.

    This is awesome. Tom is awesome.
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    http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww317/MadSniper...

    http://i731.photobucket.com/albums/ww317/MadSniper064/Tacticool-gun.jpg
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    Quite. A gyuto is supposed to be an all-rounder.

    Quite. A gyuto is supposed to be an all-rounder.
  11. V2 is a high-end simple carbon steel made by...

    V2 is a high-end simple carbon steel made by Takefu. It requires more care than stainless or semi-stainless, i.e. it will rust if left damp for any period of time. That knife is clad with stainless...
  12. Personally I would decide whether you want a wa-...

    Personally I would decide whether you want a wa- or western-handled knife. I would avoid soft-iron clad personally, and go stainless, semi-stainless or stainless-clad carbon.


    Since you are in...
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    Have you removed the saya pin? (if there is one)...

    Have you removed the saya pin? (if there is one)

    Can't say I've ever heard of a jammed saya, even if it's friction fit. Don't be afraid to give it a sharp tug.
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    +1 I think this is almost always lost in the...

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    I think this is almost always lost in the maelstrom of steel, maker and flavour-of-the-month hype.
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    Will Catcheside is the man.

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    I'll say it. JCK Carbonext gyuto.

    I'll say it.

    JCK Carbonext gyuto.
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    Seek professional help.

    Seek professional help.
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    Kagayaki VG-1 is a nice option as a gift,...

    Kagayaki VG-1 is a nice option as a gift, markedly better fit and finish.
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    The Swedish stainless Sakai knives are hard, fine...

    The Swedish stainless Sakai knives are hard, fine grained and very easy to sharpen.

    Without wishing to sound harsh, if you can't get a Fujiwara FKM or a VG-10 knife anywhere near as sharp as a...
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    You just described the Gesshin Ginga or Sakai...

    You just described the Gesshin Ginga or Sakai Yusuke 240 stainless. Easy.

    If you're in the States I would get the Ginga in a heartbeat, and would also get Jon to do the finish sharpening on it.
  21. The London store is unimpressive. Granted, its a...

    The London store is unimpressive. Granted, its a brick and mortar store in the capital, but the mark-up and their marketing babble is very rich. Ymmv.
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    It's 99% technique, 1% tools (Murray Carter) ...

    It's 99% technique, 1% tools (Murray Carter)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5stV_1kID-U

    The Eden 2000/5000 combo is an excellent start point.


    Also, I highly recommend you watch Dave...
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    Import expensive stones? Frankly bizarre advice...

    Import expensive stones? Frankly bizarre advice when the OP is on a budget.

    Eden webshops combo stones are a good start, they are less than 20.
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    Eden Classic VG10 is good value at 32 quid. ...

    Eden Classic VG10 is good value at 32 quid.

    Other than that , i'd suggest that Victorinox is the best budget option, by some distance.

    Just about anything else is going to be poor.
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    http://www.mac-international.com/to-series.htm ...

    http://www.mac-international.com/to-series.htm

    Basically, it's as clear as mud.
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