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    Getting a Masamoto KS from Rakuten?

    Hi,

    I've been reading a lot about Masamoto KS Gyuto in the last days. This knife ain't cheap : ~$320-$350.

    However, I had a look on Rakuten (the Japanese website), and searched for "masamoto-ks3124". I ended up on a page with what appears to be the same knife, but they sell it for about $218...!?

    Has anyone tried to buy some "high-end" knives like the Masamoto from this site? Would you buy there with confidence?

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    I have bought Shigefusa from Rakuten. They are a reputable seller and there were no issues with my purchase. The hardest part is that most communication is in Japanese but is easily run through a computer translator. I would buy from them again.

    Now that you have let the membership know about this fantastic deal, I would get on the site and buy one immediately. That is a heck of a deal.

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    DeepCSweede: Thanks. I've just placed my order. I'll see what happens now...

    I'll update this post once I receive the knife.

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    Just did my taxes, and I've been wanting a KS for a while, so I snagged one up. Holy shite, I have almost no self control

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    Crap, two new gyutos this month means no KS for me, but what an exceptional deal! And Rakuten is very reputable, albeit a bit confusing at times.
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    Guys just remember that Rakuten is like Amazon in that it's just a website that let's vendors list and sell their products through so when you order you're dealing with the vendor - not Rakuten. So if you order three different knives you may be ordering from three different dealers. This is relevant in that it's not safe to say that Rakuten is reliable to buy from because one dealer might be where another might not be.

    I've ordered quite a few stones through Rakuten over the years and never had a problem but once there was some communication issues and a double charge along with a very s-l-o-w shipment.

    I just want to point this out for those thinking about purchasing through them. I believe it's relatively risk free but we should make note of the dealers used when making recommendations.


    BTW, doesn't JapaneseChefsKnife sell Masamoto KS? I knew they used to have the yanagiba but I haven't looked in a long time and I'm to lazy to go there now too.

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    JCK does sell them, Dave. About $341 plus shipping and you get to choose the color of ferrule you want.
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    you can special order KS from Korin and get 10% off! last time Mari give me a quote around ~$285+s/h....if I remember it right!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cclin View Post
    you can special order KS from Korin and get 10% off! last time Mari give me a quote around ~$285+s/h....if I remember it right!?
    There ya go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Martell View Post
    Guys just remember that Rakuten is like Amazon in that it's just a website that let's vendors list and sell their products through so when you order you're dealing with the vendor - not Rakuten. So if you order three different knives you may be ordering from three different dealers. This is relevant in that it's not safe to say that Rakuten is reliable to buy from because one dealer might be where another might not be.

    I've ordered quite a few stones through Rakuten over the years and never had a problem but once there was some communication issues and a double charge along with a very s-l-o-w shipment.

    I just want to point this out for those thinking about purchasing through them. I believe it's relatively risk free but we should make note of the dealers used when making recommendations.


    BTW, doesn't JapaneseChefsKnife sell Masamoto KS? I knew they used to have the yanagiba but I haven't looked in a long time and I'm to lazy to go there now too.
    I should have stated that Dave. I only figured that out on my last purchase through them and never really had noticed it before. I don't know if they have the same protection policy as amazon as I have never had any problems and don't read Japanese so haven't had to.

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