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    What makes a suji such a great slicer?

    Given a 240mm gyuto and 240mm sujihiki, why does the suji excel in slicing? They're both the same length, but the suji is cut down in height.

    Is that shortened height so crucial to make it work so well? Are there big differences in the grinds that one would expect, that makes it effective (there was a thread discussing suji grinds a while back, but not regarding the comparison to a gyuto in performance).

    It just kind of boggles my mind, but... I've never used a suji before, nor have I done enough slicing to have an idea.

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    The gyuto's wider blade will cause dragging with soft food.

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    Wow, that never even crossed my mind. Sheesh, haha.

    Thanks Benuser.

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    And if you are carving rather than slicing, the narrower blade is easier to steer.

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    Sujis tend to much less convexed in comparison to gyutos. I think the reasoning behind this is that the purpose is much more specific and separation isn't an important characteristic.
    "So you want to be a vegetarian? Hitler was a vegetarian and look at how he turned out."

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    I've never found sujihikis to be very good at anything.

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    I was wondering about this too. Any other suji-haters out there? I'm undecided.

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    For meat and fish it's really the best you may get. Don't expect it to replace your gyuto as a general purpose knife, though. You will miss the distal taper, and may experience some wedging with hard stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patatas Bravas View Post
    I was wondering about this too. Any other suji-haters out there? I'm undecided.
    Get yourself a basic sujihiki, a carbon 270 Fujiwara FKH. It will change your life.

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