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    Machida Isshi knvies?

    Machida Isshi
    http://www.geocities.com/soatoz/hamo...a/Machida.html

    someone posted one awhile back in the "newest knife buy" thread and I keep thinking about it from time to time. Really beautiful looking stuff, but no idea if it's actually any good.

    So who owns one / has used one?
    "I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific. Ha hahaha, YEAH!" - Moe (w/ 2 knives). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVt4U...layer_embedded

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    They are indeed gorgeous, now I am curious as well...

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    Those are stunners. But some of the damascus work reminds me of Hinoura.

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    Did anyone notice that the hollows on the the back of the kiridashi-kogatana are FORGED, not ground?
    Pretty badass. Still not a sign the kitchen knives work well, but an indicator that he's gotten pretty darn good with that big, heavy hand hammer.

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    I purchased for my collection two Machida Isshi Santoku 170mm and 175mm, made of Takefu V1 steel with 32 layers nickel kitaeji.


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    How much did they cost, and what is your opinion about this knives?
    BTW they do look very nice!

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    about 700$ to 800$ each.

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    Hey GGG, I think that yours was the post that first turned me onto these.

    So they look great, appear to be well made, and are priced reasonably and in keeping with a damascus clad custom (more than some, much less than others) but how do they perform? Hows the grind? edge retention? Sharpening? The handles are pretty dramatic, but how do they actually feel to use them for a few hours?
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    I haven't used a Machida Isshi knife, so no first hand knowledge - but seem to recall reading somewhere that he is a former swordsmith who makes both the handles and blades entirely himself. He occasionally does razors (kamisori) and plane blades too. If memory is correct, all of his smith work is manual - no spring hammers etc. I've heard his work compared to Shigs and Heiji's .....

    again, no first hand reference....but have heard nothing but high praise for his products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPD View Post
    I haven't used a Machida Isshi knife, so no first hand knowledge - but seem to recall reading somewhere that he is a former swordsmith who makes both the handles and blades entirely himself. He occasionally does razors (kamisori) and plane blades too. If memory is correct, all of his smith work is manual - no spring hammers etc. I've heard his work compared to Shigs and Heiji's .....

    again, no first hand reference....but have heard nothing but high praise for his products.
    Yeah, that information is all in the link in my first post. His razors look freaking amazing too:


    "I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific. Ha hahaha, YEAH!" - Moe (w/ 2 knives). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVt4U...layer_embedded

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