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Thread: Thanks to Daniel and crew!

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    mkriggen's Avatar
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    Dude, is that Joey Fatone in your avatar?

    Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t

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    Senior Member Miles's Avatar
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    Great to see another Houston knifeknut in the house!

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    Welcome, sir. Sounds like a great time, and trip.
    Chewie's the man.

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    Hi Mike -

    It was really fun to meet you and your wife. I'm glad that you're enjoying the knives that you got. The Murata is a fun find. It's always fun to show folks around the shop, but even more fun to show them knives that we don't even have online yet! I got to meet Murata-san on my last trip in Chiba. I'm hoping that we'll have his knives online within the next 2-3 weeks. We've got both traditional ones (like you got) as well as Western handled ones. Meeting him was one of the real highlights of my trip! Most of my work in Japan has been done in Fukui-ken, Sanjo, and Seki, with a few visits down to Sakai. Heading out to Chiba was quite exciting. Even though it is geographically so close to the main island, the culture is quite different from other places I have visited. Even the knife names and styles are entirely different!

    Here's a photo of him doing some of the initial grinding on one of the knives:

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeemike View Post
    Fair enough. I was at work, and didn't have a picture handy. Not the best of photographers.

    Top: Takeo Murata sabaki/funyaki. Not as thick as a normal deba, has been great for jointing chickens, trimming and slicing pork tenderloin, etc.
    Bottom: Yokoyama petty. Stainless, san mai, does fine cutting like a dream. 150mm.

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    Haha! I had forgotten about this thread. Just wanted to say, after almost three years - while I really enjoy the Murata knife, the Yokoyama petty is the surprise daily workhorse at home. I use it constantly. Such a pleasure. They cut like a dream, even if they show some signs of my still-amateur sharpening skills. (Hey, I can make it sharp, the rest is cosmetic.)

    We haven't been back in the Seattle area since, but I wanted to say thanks again to Daniel and crew for guiding me to the knife I wanted (the Murata) as well as the knife I clearly needed (the petty).

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    I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but I have a thank you to EE and Daniel as well. I recently bought a Takeo Murata small, wide petty for a friend of mine. EE found a saya for it and cut it down to fit. I cannot thank you all enough. It was recieved with great excitement. Upon presentment, we had a few chef friends around who work in catering. They were very impressed with how well made it appeared. Today is the first day it will be pressed into service. I trust it will go well. The limes and lemons don't stand a chance.

    Thanks, EE.



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    Nothing pleases us more than hearing we helped someone find the perfect knife for their needs. Nothing tells me we are doing our job well better than someone coming back and telling me how much they love the knife we helped them pick out. It can definitely be tough when we have so many different choices here in the shop. If you want to help others find the right knife for them, we would always appreciate reviews on our website regarding the knife you bought and love. Unfortunately there just isn't a lot of information on these hand made Japanese knives online and so many people are often unsure what they need when looking through out extensive website. Thank you so much for the kind comments about our company guys!

    Jeff Swanson

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