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    it is real easy to go to global.rakuten.com and on the home page search masamoto. 2 pages of their knives come up. You can tell by price if it is a KS, KK and so on. Click the knife you are interested in and look for the model number. The stainless is sw-3124 for the 240 and so on. You can cross-reference model numbers with JCK can find exactly what you are looking for. There is nothing difficult about using their site.
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    korin mari told me the aeb-l masamoto is hardened to hrc 60 for those who are curious.

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    Rockwell is definitely not the be all end all for performance. Steel, heat treat, grind, etc all play into it. It does give some clue, but if the heat treat is off and it's over or under hardened, the performance is going to suffer. One of my chef buddies had a Yusuke which he liked for the geometry and feel, but he really felt the slightly lower rockwell compromised the edge holding and performance. He's since picked up a newer one and said it's much improved. One side note, IIRC on the Suisin IH, both Korin and JCK (when they carried them) clocked it at 61-62. It's markedly harder than what we've been discussing here.

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    Thanks for the info guys.

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    NoChop,
    Thanks for the info. Pretty tempting at that price.

    Chef Watson,
    Don't think there was any mention of the specific site being hard to use. You're correct in how easy it is to navigate though. Earlier this morning when I was looking for this knife my little tablet was having a difficult time opening the pages of this site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamin View Post
    If you look at the bevel on the AEB-L at the tip, it is larger than the bevel as it extends to the heel. Would you call this a sharpening mistake?
    Bevel is indication of thickness, so the thinner the bevel, the thinner the edge. Looks pretty thick tip to me.


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    actually, this is often a function of the way people sharpen in japan... the bevels at the tip tend to be a bit wider due to the way they adjust for the tip sharpening... i'm not saying if the tip is thick or not, but i do know that this kind of sharpening can commonly be seen on knives coming from japan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Rockwell is definitely not the be all end all for performance. Steel, heat treat, grind, etc all play into it. It does give some clue, but if the heat treat is off and it's over or under hardened, the performance is going to suffer. One of my chef buddies had a Yusuke which he liked for the geometry and feel, but he really felt the slightly lower rockwell compromised the edge holding and performance. He's since picked up a newer one and said it's much improved. One side note, IIRC on the Suisin IH, both Korin and JCK (when they carried them) clocked it at 61-62. It's markedly harder than what we've been discussing here.
    And JKI list it at 60-61. This is why I pay little attention to numbers.

    My favourite gyuto is a Yoshikane SKD, which is listed just about everywhere at 64, sometimes even 65. I'd bet my bollocks to a barn dance that mine isn't, and I remember a post by Will Catcheside where he thought an SLD (also listed as 64) sujihiki was no more than 60, and I'd certainly tend to believe him on such matters.

    Bottom line is I couldn't give a monkey's about the HRC, as it's a great knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post
    And JKI list it at 60-61. This is why I pay little attention to numbers.

    My favourite gyuto is a Yoshikane SKD, which is listed just about everywhere at 64, sometimes even 65. I'd bet my bollocks to a barn dance that mine isn't, and I remember a post by Will Catcheside where he thought an SLD (also listed as 64) sujihiki was no more than 60, and I'd certainly tend to believe him on such matters.

    Bottom line is I couldn't give a monkey's about the HRC, as it's a great knife.
    LOL. I have a Yoshi SKD, as well. I don't know what the HRC is either. I always thought that number sounded suspiciously high, too. Regardless, it just gets it done.

    As far as the Suisin IH line goes, I trust that Jon has a good bead on it. If he says it's 60-61 and everyone else says 61-62, I'd split the difference and guess it's probably right in the middle at 61 plus or minus. Splitting hairs here, really. As far as I'm concerned, reported HRC is secondary to actual performance, and really only a clue to possible performance. I've had three knives from the Suisin IH line. They all delivered and keep on delivering. They're definitely amongst my favorites.

    As you so succinctly put it, bottom line is if it's a great knife...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthebeaver View Post
    .......Yoshikane SKD, which is listed just about everywhere at 64, sometimes even 65. I'd bet my bollocks to a barn dance that mine isn't, and I remember a post by Will Catcheside where he thought an SLD (also listed as 64) sujihiki was no more than 60, and I'd certainly tend to believe him on such matters.
    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    LOL. I have a Yoshi SKD, as well. I don't know what the HRC is either. I always thought that number sounded suspiciously high, too.....

    "Rockwell hardness test operation conditions that may influence the test result. These conditions include test specimens that are below the minimum thickness for the depth of indentation; a test impression that falls too close to the edge. Sheet metal can be too thin and too soft for testing on a particular Rockwell scale without exceeding minimum thickness requirements and potentially indenting the test anvil. In this case a diamond anvil can be used to provide a consistent influence of the result."
    The most accurate way of testing is on even thickness steel specimen, I doubt you can get accuracy testing results on a finished product/knife. WillC please chime in, correct me if I'm wrong!!
    many knife retailers tend to list highest HRC# of steel for marketing!! for example, yoshikane SLD or SKD11 HRC 62~64 & SKD12 HRC 61~62 , many retailer just list "Steel: SKD semi-stainless HRC 64"!!
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