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    Tall knives ...

    Somewhat random title, I know ...

    I am still somewhat a novice with high(er) end knives.

    Here's the deal. I've been using 240 Gyutos almost exclusively for a while now (mostly my Ginga). I like them. Not really a fan of 210's, don't have a 180.

    However, my first J-knife was a Santoku my wife gave me (Kobayashi, Blue #2 in stainless cladding). I started playing around with it again recently after neglecting it for a long time.

    I have to admit, I love the height (almost 54 mm) and the useful tip (compared to Nakiris). I wouldn't use it for all tasks, or even a lot ... but I love using it to cut veggie sticks for my son to dip in everything from hummus to guacamole and occasionally his nostrils

    Anyhow, didn't find a lot of other tall Santokus out there, but was thinking about upgrading the one I have.

    Any suggestions? I didn't fill out the questionnaire because that's basically the only limitation: tall Santoku (or alternative that is tall AND has a useful tip, maybe there are tall Bunkas out there). At least as tall as the one I have ...

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    Takeda and shibata both come to mind, I have a shibata suji and I love it, shibata recently came out with a 195 battleship bunka that looks amazing, alas I have yet to find a retailer for that particular model. I also think masakage kuijira would be a cool choice, I am planning on buying one in February when they go on sale, I dont kow the exact height but the nakiri is 60+mm so that is a good sign. If you call knifewear they could give you a better idea of blade height as it isnt listed on the site. I have also seen them take fujiwara gyutos and convert them to bunkas, might be a cool idea.

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    Itinomonn 180mm Santoku is 55mm at the heel
    http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com...mm-wa-santoku/
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    As an alternative to a santoku, you could check out a Zwilling Kramer chef knife. Super tall at the heel, thin behind the edge and has a useful tip for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godslayer View Post
    Takeda and shibata both come to mind, I have a shibata suji and I love it, shibata recently came out with a 195 battleship bunka that looks amazing, alas I have yet to find a retailer for that particular model. I also think masakage kuijira would be a cool choice, I am planning on buying one in February when they go on sale, I dont kow the exact height but the nakiri is 60+mm so that is a good sign. If you call knifewear they could give you a better idea of blade height as it isnt listed on the site. I have also seen them take fujiwara gyutos and convert them to bunkas, might be a cool idea.
    Good idea, I was eyeing a Kuijira anyway. They just look damn sexy!

    Just bought a Shibata Ko-Bunka and LOVE it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Von blewitt View Post
    Itinomonn 180mm Santoku is 55mm at the heel
    http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com...mm-wa-santoku/
    That looks like a killer option, love that it's a 180! And the price without VAT is really, really good.

    How's the steel? Never tried one of those...

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    ZKramer get my vote.

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    Watanabe 240 gyuto is 55mm. I miss my ZK 10", I think it was about 60mm, not sure what the 8" is

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    Wakui kasumi 180mm santoku 54 mm at the heel. Never used one...

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    Tall knives ...

    Masahiro for sure, and Misono carbon(almost sure about it), make lines of tall gyutos, at 24-27-30-33cm. Maybe 36cm as well. If you ask me, they are not tall gyutos, but large santokus. Takedas' gyuto is also very tall
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