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    Tojiro Knives Any good?

    Hey guys,

    I have the opportunity to buy a Tojiro Yanagi and Usuba for the $150. I have only ever owned a western style Japanese knife and never a single bevel blade. I will be buying these with the intention of education. Something to learn the geometry and dynamics of an actual single bevel knife. My question is whether Tojiro carries a good enough reputation to merrit the $150 investment?

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    I love my Tojiro knives. It's a great budget knife, and I have been using some of them for 10 years.
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    Tojiro are great knives for the money IMO. They were my first "real" knives after Shun and I still have a few. I like the shirogami ITK series. (Beware of the kiritsuke's though the grind on the belly can be way off and require a lot of work to correct.)

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    Just for another opinion, I bought a shirogami ITK petty and the edge had a nasty overgrind...guess it may be luck of the draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Just for another opinion, I bought a shirogami ITK petty and the edge had a nasty overgrind...guess it may be luck of the draw.
    Mine was real bad as well. Made in China...

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    Avoid budget single bevel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    I love my Tojiro knives. It's a great budget knife, and I have been using some of them for 10 years.
    They are not what they used to be.


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    please don't compare the ITK shirogami line with the DP line or other lines, they are priced differently and if you order from a budget line you shouldn't expect the same as a more expensive line. The shirogami kurouchi line give you white steel at a cheap price but don't expect great grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benuser View Post
    Avoid budget single bevel.

    Yes.

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