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    masamoto VG and ST, hidden gems?

    ive read more than a couple of times that people get nastalgic over these knives...id like to hear more about users experience with them....korin is having a 15% off sale right now which makes masamotos a much better value. profiles,handles, sharpening, retention, were these just average stainless, or hidden jems?
    http://japanesechefsknife.com/MASAMOTO.html#Masamoto

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    The steel is good but not great, however sharpens pretty easy for a stainless although deburring is not quite a cinch. It requires a honing rod instead of strop, im guessing the grain size is kinda large. The geometry is above average and has nice taper, especially the tip, very nimble. Kinda looks bullnose but just enough pointiness for precise work. The profile is where its magic lies. I wish I could get this profile in a thicker blade with high hardness carbon steel and a more convex asymmetric grind. If it were my only gyuto I wouldn't mind, the action feels so right while using one.

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    The only thing I've read about the ST is that it's inferior to the VG-5, despite being more expensive.

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    edit: VG is purported to be VG-1.

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    Machi gaps are so hideous. But these blades seem to be really cherished. I'd like to try one out.
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    brad, both of the gyutos were talking about are western handled.

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    machi gaps with bolsters, god so annoying!

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    The VG has got POM handles recently, which I wouldn't find acceptable at this price point.

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    yeah the latest one i bought new from cktg came with pom handle, blech! would definitely look for an old one with pakka handle. when i put up a wanted ad nobody wanted to let go of theirs! one of the only few times i didn't find success on b/s/t

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    I just opened the link and saw those wa handles all had gaps!
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