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    Possible Lamson Collaboration Line of Knives

    Okay, so in spirit of the idea of a possible KKF line.... it has been suggested that we make a new thread

    so here it is!

    Firstly, we need Dave's blessing or permission.....

    then if that's a go

    we need a certain number of people.

    Lefty said it would be probably 80 people for a chef knife then a possible batch of other knives in the future.

    then we can start throwing ideas in as to what the knife will look like, perform and materials used.

    I'll let the others who really had this idea talk, I'm just showing that I'm this serious to wanna be in this.

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    Guys, we're going to have to discuss this possibility over at my sub-forum. Dave has given us full blessing, but unfortunately, with everything involved, we won't be able to call it the "KKF Knife". Let's move this topic over to my sub-forum.

    I guess it's the "to London Chef Knife".

    Thanks for letting us discuss it and use the community like this, Dave!
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    "to London Chef Knife"

    Alright, here we go again. I want to try to get a knife designed, tested and APPROVED by the membership, here. Dave has given us full permission to discuss the project here. I have this, so far, and Lamson is being contacted:

    Well, the wheels are in motion...

    Also, We likely need about 80 guys (I'm hoping we can bring this down to 50) committed to getting one, in order to make it really happen. Based on comments from a few guys, paired up with ideas I have/also had, my thoughts are going like this:

    Lamson, because they deserve to get it right. Brian (at Lamson) cares and from what I've seen, will listen.

    Forgecraft profile and maybe even some throwback texturing, if we can. However, slight design changes might happen, as a result of updating the design.

    240mm gyuto

    Western handle with some flavor.

    I'm thinking 2.5-3mm at the heel, with a wicked distal taper, with a combo flat/upper convex (as I call it, almond) grind.

    Steel type - either O1, CPM154 (which they're familiar with), or AEB-L. Stainless or carbon has to be decided.

    CAD drawing will hopefully be started soon, by a guy who knows a thing or two.

    Prototype to be passed around, quickly. Like a "two days and out" kinda thing. I have guys in mind.


    As of right now, I say we focus on a gyuto/chef knife, since it's the knife that many of us have 10+ of, and it really is THE kitchen knife. If this actually happens and goes well, we can talk about a suji, petty and parer...though that's probably 320 knives we'd have to commit to, after A LOT of testing and tweaking, on four styles. Pretty daunting, if you ask me.
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    This is a full collaboration project, so I want everyone interested to put your opinion out there. I need to know: Carbon or Stainless? Wa or Western? Handle Material? Is everyone good with a throwback design, in the spirit of me loving vintage knives so much (just like many others here)?
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    awesome! =D

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    This is a great idea and I know Lamson does AEB-L

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    sandwiched like a western handle but an octagonal wa like handle? =D also easier to make grinding off a square-ish handle to 8 sides....

    stainless might be a good option for newer people, can always get a carbon version later on.......

    but i do love me some carbon....

    would love that forgecraft texturing put on there for a vintage look

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    Why Forgecraft? If I was to remake a knife I'd look to recreate a Sabatier in CPM154. The only thing I'd do different is raise and reprofile the bolster to be able to sharpen the heel.
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    O1 western would be interesting. I might be in the minority here, but I really like bolsterless westerns, but I know I'm alone on this.

    On the fordgecraft pattern, that would be interesting, but most of us who like that, have a few already.

    I'm so in on this, and I'll think of some more ideas and post them later.

    Also, something tall would be nice. Not to many tall gyuto's out there, unless we want to pay Butch prices, not a bad thing, but we all can't afford that.

    Handle material.... Something fun, but maybe with classic look and feel
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    so how about a 50/50 grind? lefty friendly?

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