I was in Sakai recently. Sakai Yusuke and Ashi have different physical addresses. I didn't go into Ashi but from the outside it looked as if they had a bunch of different brands. Maybe they resell some Yukes?
I doubt Ashi resell but I wouldn't be surprised if others resold Ashi.
i am using this thread as it is talking about the 2 knives i am currently looking at for a rehandle project...
can anyone compare these 2 wa-gyutos, most likely the SS versions:
ashi hamono 240mm wa-gyuto
sakai yusuke 240mm wa-gyuto
i am not looking for information about the handle, as this will be removed anyway, but rather on the knives themselves, profile, steel, grind, etc.
can anyone say something who owns both (augerpro, Seb)?
I have a Yusuke I am White #2 and can't recommend it enough. I also have a couple of Ashis and they are pretty decent too. No one has ever complained about a Yusuke but you should go with the retailer you like to deal with. Can't really go wrong either way, I don't think.
both knives use Sandvik 13C26 steel(AEB-L) & both knives seems have nice profile, grind....
I'll choose sakai yusuke over ashi hamono just because Yusuke offer more options than ashi hamono Ginga
Ashi Hamono Ginga-wa or yo handle, 13C26 steel harden to 58～59HRC (according ashi hamono website)
Sakai Yusuke- options for extra thin/standard/thick blade, 13C26 steel-standard 58～59HRC or extra harden 61HRC
this just my I do not own any of those knives!!
Charles ***[All statements I made here only my personal opinion and nothing more!]*** & Please bare with me for my crappy English!!
You can ask Ashi to send you a hard HRC61 knife. Or you can just buy from JKI's Gesshin Ginga and get the nicely rounded spine and choil at HRC61.
the differences between the 2 lines seems pretty trivial to me. both have handle options, yusuke has spine options and profile options although you may have to wait quite a while to get something in particular. gesshin ginga has nicer kanji while yusuke is screen printed i believe. i really liked yusuke white steel,nicer than most white steel ive used, havent tried gesshin ginga white steel. both stainless lines were very nice. gesshin gingas come with sayas while you may or may not be able to order a yusuke saya depending on inventory. flip a coin.
Last edited by labor of love; 07-27-2013 at 03:08 AM. Reason: double post
hey guys... i know the website of ashi-hamono, but can someone please post sakai yusuke's website, if they have one?! and, even though it's OT, does yoshikane/yoshihide have a website?