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  1. Thread: Kramer Evolution

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    I'm pretty sure that Miyabi Evolution and Kramer...

    I'm pretty sure that Miyabi Evolution and Kramer Essential are using AEB-L steel. If you like the profile and grind, go for it. Miyabi certainly knows how to heat treat their steels, and the knives...
  2. Recommendations for induction cooktop for a home - 115Volt 15amp circuit

    I know I'm limited in choices because I'm looking for a portable unit that will plug into the standard American wall socket (15 ampere, 115 volt), and most quality induction units are for...
  3. Thread: Pan set

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    Debuyer Mineral (or Mineral B). You have the...

    Debuyer Mineral (or Mineral B). You have the benefits of cast iron with a handle that stays cool. It's already been stated. If you want a set of 3, you can get a 8, 10, and 12 inch set for 150...
  4. Thread: Sad cost cutting.

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    Sad cost cutting.

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    I am dismayed at the decline in build quality of this highly regarded Pennsylvania manufacturer of cookware.

    Left: 6 year-old 1 quart saucier
    Right: new 1 quart saucier

    Isn't the...
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    It was a great tool in the beginning. But I too...

    It was a great tool in the beginning. But I too grew out of it. Ex-Edge Pro freehander here. I have to say... use of the Edge Pro gave me amazing edges. However, I don't need mind-blowing...
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    that is one thick Takeda.

    that is one thick Takeda.
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    I can vouch for the stainless, and it gets plenty...

    I can vouch for the stainless, and it gets plenty plenty plenty sharp with excellent edge retention. It's a personal choice in looks as you can't lose with either.
  8. Thread: 240 mm Gyuto

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    Gesshin Ginga. If he likes the feel of carbon...

    Gesshin Ginga. If he likes the feel of carbon without the headache, a Konosuke HD. The tips on the Gingas tend to be a little thicker, and I had to thin mine out to get that Carter-like feel. The...
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    Holy S**T is right. You need to tell your father...

    Holy S**T is right. You need to tell your father in law how much that knife costs. You can very nicely tell him that what he did to your knife is the same as if you took his prized guitar (or...
  10. Nice! Did I sell it to you? I forgot who I sold...

    Nice! Did I sell it to you? I forgot who I sold mine to for a dirt low price! LOL.

    Anyway, the handle was my #1 complaint on that knife, and otherwise, ZDP-189 is such an interesting steel to...
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    They are VERY asymmetric on my personal...

    They are VERY asymmetric on my personal specimens, and since I'm right-handed, I'm very happy with the Sakai Yusuke asymmetry. I'm not sure what others are seeing. Of the Sakai specimens I have,...
  12. I'd just strop that thing all day as...

    I'd just strop that thing all day as psychotherapy and stress reduction. :) No stones. Hahaha.
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    Nakiri length - 165mm or 180mm?

    I've handled both, and I'm torn between the two. Anyway, I'm ordering a custom nakiri right now, and I'm probably going to order a 180mm. Unless someone here can give me a good reason why 165mm is...
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    I did another inspection of my Ginga knives, and...

    I did another inspection of my Ginga knives, and I'd like to add that they don't seem to be ground quite as thin as the Sakai Yusuke or Konosuke knives. The spine at the tip is a little thicker as...
  15. The photos of that Sakai Yusuke Ginsan nakiri...

    The photos of that Sakai Yusuke Ginsan nakiri appear to show a pretty thick blade. It just might be the way the pictures are turning up.

    You can't go wrong with either the Kono HD or the Takeda. ...
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    I'm in for an AEB-L (new style) and I'll try the...

    I'm in for an AEB-L (new style) and I'll try the mango. PayPal sent.
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    Wooden saya for a #6 cleaver?

    Other than the cardboard and tape options, is there anywhere for pre-made wooden sayas for #6 size cleavers that won't cost an arm and a leg?
  18. Thread: Steak knives

    by bkdc
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    There are many uses for a pocketknife. The...

    There are many uses for a pocketknife.

    The steak knife has one designed purpose. But if you use a steak knife as a paring (as some people do), then having a standard straight edge is the way to...
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    I ... well now my girlfriend... have a 240mm...

    I ... well now my girlfriend... have a 240mm Sakai-Yusuke wa-gyuto, and I own a 240mm Ginga Western gyuto. You'd be hard pressed to tell the difference in the steel and profile. Except for some...
  20. Thread: Steak knives

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    My anal-retentive need to keep knives sharp would...

    My anal-retentive need to keep knives sharp would drive me crazy with non-serrated steak knives.
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    Personally, I'd pay the extra 35 dollars and buy...

    Personally, I'd pay the extra 35 dollars and buy the JCK FuRinKaZan Swedish Stainless 240mm gyuto. Those Sakai-made lasers are amazing!

    At that price point, ignore the aesthetics and get yourself...
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    Has this knife made it to Chicago yet?

    Has this knife made it to Chicago yet?
  23. Thread: Steak knives

    by bkdc
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    Victorinox Forschner cheapo serrated steak...

    Victorinox Forschner cheapo serrated steak knives.

    Unless you plan on serving steak on wooden boards regularly, I see no point in buying anything nicer. Unless you like them to LOOK nice.

    At...
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    I wish I could handle the special thin Sakai...

    I wish I could handle the special thin Sakai Yusuke. My thinnest performing knife was recently sold. It was the 240mm Kazuyuki Tanaka R2 damascus wa-gyuto. It was incredibly thin on the distal 1/2...
  25. Thread: When Wa Why?

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    Wa gyutos are 2 to 4 ounces lighter than their...

    Wa gyutos are 2 to 4 ounces lighter than their yo-gyuto counterparts. Feels like a light saber.
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