Some of you might of seen in a recent thread of mine, I am looking for a new 240 gyuto workhorse. I'm pretty set on an A-Type, and I've decided to just suck it up and put myself through the torture of getting the initial bevel set up. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on the edge that Takeshi Aoki at AframesTokyo sends it with. I know there is NOOOOO WAY I want one sharpened by Aritsugu from what I have read. I emailed him about the knife and edge, and he had this to say:
My question is, has anyone received an A-Type from Aoki that he has sharpened, and how was it? I keep reading how they come with no edge at all, and am prepared for that. Any advice on if I should have him send it unsharpened or let him grind away a little? I'll be looking to put a 90/10 right hand bevel on it.I usually ask to Aritsugu sending me all my stock for un-sharpened condition, and I sharpen them before shipping, so if you do not want me to sharpen it, I can ship it without sharpening the blade.
Aritsugu usually put on the initial bevel 90/10 like right hand set single bevel, and I have never measure it, but it should be around 30 degree.
Therefore, I usually make 30 degree right hand bevel, and remove just burr on the left hand side with the degree as low as possible like 10 degree.
However, if you prefer to 50/50 double bevel set or left hand set bevel, I can do it.
Takeshi C. Aoki