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  1. My mom is in a similar class I think. The...

    My mom is in a similar class I think. The Christmas gift idea I've always kept in back of my mind was to get her a set of Masamoto Stainless from JCK (online vendor) or in-store if I happened to be...
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    Konosuke HD2 with ebony handle If no ebony...

    Konosuke HD2 with ebony handle

    If no ebony available via vendor, request one direct (they have a wide range of custom handles)
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    I would consider the Gesshin Hide 240mm Mizu...

    I would consider the Gesshin Hide 240mm Mizu Honyaki Gyuto available the moment

    If you care about the craftsman aspect,
    Kenichi Shiraki as bladesmith + Yamamoto Hideaki as sharpener = win
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    not sure if anyone has ever looked at Watanabe's...

    not sure if anyone has ever looked at Watanabe's carvings.. but here are two:

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jISTmMWso_MyU0SE5awkjXCl8EWMmOP4CCF7eti3Vw=w941-h627-no
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    It is ludicrous for a seller to be held...

    It is ludicrous for a seller to be held accountable to accept returns for a product that carries no defect per manufacturer standard. Obviously there is something to discuss if the selling process...
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    Would recommend Suisin Inox Western based on...

    Would recommend Suisin Inox Western based on above or perhaps you can work something Western in Ginsanko with Konosuke.

    some years back I bought a Yanagiba from Nenohi @ Tsukiji and a Misono...
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    You could consider a honesuki maru if fragility...

    You could consider a honesuki maru if fragility of honesuki kaku concerns you. It's not flexible but beefier than a petty or kaku

    Seems to be called hankotsu at some online retailers
  8. Thread: first knife

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    Mizuno's are great knives. Consider a Masamoto...

    Mizuno's are great knives.

    Consider a Masamoto KS as well if you're buying from Koki. I do find Mizuno's blue cladding a bit more reactive than the KS for whatever reason.

    Konosuke would be...
  9. What Jon said is absolutely true. The first time...

    What Jon said is absolutely true. The first time I went to Sakai I visited the shops you've listed and more and just showed up at the door. They were courteous, but this is not a retail experience....
  10. If stainless and no serious budget constraint......

    If stainless and no serious budget constraint... Korin seems to be a good choice?

    Suisin Inox in Western or a Nenohi on high price bracket end, Togiharu or Misono for cheaper. You might even go...
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    If you're mainly looking for the shape, kiritsuke...

    If you're mainly looking for the shape, kiritsuke yanagi is just a twist on one of the traditional three.

    Try aframes tokyo online shop under kiritsuke - I think he offers a ton of kiritsuke...
  12. Can you provide pictures? For my Tsukiji...

    Can you provide pictures?

    For my Tsukiji Masamoto knives they carved the paper colour on the backside.

    White is considered to sharpen easier while blue considered to have better stain...
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    Do you need/understand the honyaki aspect of this...

    Do you need/understand the honyaki aspect of this purchase (given you've said you're new)? Yoshihiro is a reputable maker but honyaki may or may not be something you need especially given how you've...
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    This one has been working out pretty well....

    This one has been working out pretty well.
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oznlvFRvpeY/UxKuX5MqR8I/AAAAAAAAAE8/3Vbg7zNrS9U/w506-h337/DSCF0849.JPG
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    I think what Dave is saying is that for the KS's...

    I think what Dave is saying is that for the KS's price, you are paying for a full package--not just profile. Trying to buy a replica of the profile compromising the rest is kind of pointless because...
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    CCK! or other Chinese-branded cleaver. the price...

    CCK! or other Chinese-branded cleaver. the price point and amount of steel lets you chop without reservation. I've used it to split wood before (in a desperate situation) and the edge somehow...
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    Its a parallel import versus local retailer...

    Its a parallel import versus local retailer comparison. Frankly, the main difference is just a matter of principal. JKI's a brick & mortar shop trying to promote a family of product but with its...
  18. Thread: Kaneshige

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    Indeed, Kaneshige is the parent company of...

    Indeed, Kaneshige is the parent company of Konosuke. The "Kaneshige"-branded knives are a more mass market commercial enterprise and accordingly considerably cheaper--QC of course suffers...
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    now that I think about it, it was actually 10. ...

    now that I think about it, it was actually 10. it's been awhile and a lot of knives since. and about half of the ones I got that trip turned into gifts in my attempts to infect others with this...
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    On my first trip to Japan where I actually bought...

    On my first trip to Japan where I actually bought knives, I brought back 9, but that was to Hong Kong (in 2010). No questions asked. I would only admit that on a forum like this though :).
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    I've bought a Shigefusa santoku about a year back...

    I've bought a Shigefusa santoku about a year back as a gift for a relative and had the opportunity to try it a few times... and I would say that while it just absolutely destroys root vegetables, it...
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    Another vote for lefty's comment here. You...

    Another vote for lefty's comment here.

    You have a unique opportunity in Tokyo/Japan to buy something that is not being broadcasted and blasted in this forum. Not to say the knives recommended...
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    I'd recommend the Yoshiaki Fujiwara or Heiji...

    I'd recommend the Yoshiaki Fujiwara or Heiji Nakiris. Heiji can come in semi-carbon or Swedish. The Kato is a carbon but my experience with them is they are pretty resistant. I think they're both...
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    I'm curious how much benefit there is to using...

    I'm curious how much benefit there is to using stones of a many different grits on a single knife? FWIW I'm mostly sharpening yanagibas and gyutos, occasionally the sujihiki.

    I myself started...
  25. Thread: kanji

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    Thanks... I think you correct in that the...

    Thanks... I think you correct in that the character is the same as that in Togiharu, however, actually another member has helped remind me of where I got this.

    I believe this was a purchase from...
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