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Thread: Newbie looking for Japanese chef's-style knife. Konosuke? Sakai Yusuke?

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    Newbie looking for Japanese chef's-style knife. Konosuke? Sakai Yusuke?

    Wanting to do better than my Shun knives, looking at the Konosuke HD 240mm Funayuki-Gyuto, but would prefer to stay in the $200 ballpark. Been reading a lot on the Sakai Yusuke 240mm Gyuto and it seems a better value, better fit & finish, and honestly I like its looks... but can't seem to find it for sale. I like the flatter edge these two brands seem to have. Looking at BluewayJapan on ebay, knives to go, etc. 270mm is a little long for my comfort.

    Any opinions on where to buy, or other recommendations? I'm a home cook and looking for something to replace my Shun chef's knife for basic slicing, etc. I don't sharpen but am interested in learning.

    Glad to have joined the forum and would love to get advice!

    Brian

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    If you email blueway, you may be able to order a yusuke that is not currently listed.

    Welcome to the forum!!

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    Learn sharpening with a basic carbon knife, Old Hickory, Opinel, whatever, before you get any high end laserish stuff. If you don't sharpen, how did you maintain your Shuns?? A laser is no alternative for sharpening, it will dull as any other blade - even a little faster, I guess.
    Welcome, by the way.

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    Thanks! I'm thinking of taking a nearby knife sharpening course. Been reading a lot. I've been sending out my Shuns for sharpening. It used to free...

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    Where are you located in Jersey?
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    Totowa, near Wayne and Paterson. Any tips?

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    Senior Member ThEoRy's Avatar
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    I would suggest stopping by Korin when they are doing a demonstration. Meanwhile Dave Martell has a great 2 disk sharpening dvd you can watch. Also Korin has a sharpening dvd you can watch as well.
    Starting this harvest I'm a starving startling artist/
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    I think I will at least be buying the Dave Martell DVDs. Excited to get started on doing this myself but patient enough to learn all I can before attempting it!

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    Carbonext is a great first J-Knife. Easy to sharpen, non-reactive, Western handle. It is guaranteed to kick off the addiction!

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