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    Advice on yanagiba

    I just got an email from a good colleague from Japan. He is coming for a meeting in Denmark and he asked me if I would like to bring me something "oh " (by something, we mean j.knives ... or something similar).

    The truth is, I don't need any more knives but I would like to try a yanagiba and a single bevel knife. I looked the following one: Shimatani yanagiba 300mm blue #2, for 180$. Is it worth it the money? will be an ok introduction to single bevel?

    Vangelis

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    Vangelis,
    You are most probably going to mess up your first single bevel knife (no punt intended) while sharpening. I have made the mistake of buying an expensive single bevel knife for practice which I was afraid to sharpen it not to mess it up. Later i have bought a Tanaka silver3 Deba (less than $100 ) to practice single bevels and sharpening. I dont mind it getting scratched or messing the shinogi line since this knife will be sacrified to the single bevelled knife gods
    I don't know anything about the knife you mentioned but I will suggest you getting a beater single bevel before a nicer one

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    How about a well known knife brand that is cheaper without a middleman?

    http://aritsugu.jp/cart/html/yg005.htm
    Aritsugu Tsukiji sells a blue #2 300mm yanagiba for 21,000 yen vs aframetokyo's $319 usd. The "grade" appears to be 2nd out of 3 grades, highest being honyaki. I think this brand is famous for having really high HRC and a ***** to sharpen? haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryann View Post
    How about a well known knife brand that is cheaper without a middleman?

    http://aritsugu.jp/cart/html/yg005.htm
    Aritsugu Tsukiji sells a blue #2 300mm yanagiba for 21,000 yen vs aframetokyo's $319 usd. The "grade" appears to be 2nd out of 3 grades, highest being honyaki. I think this brand is famous for having really high HRC and a ***** to sharpen? haha
    I have that yanagi in 270mm,excellent blade for the money.

    Vangelis if you want to try SB yanagi 180.00 not a bad price,Blue #2 will get razor sharp.Jon Brioda vids are some of the best I have seen in english sharpening Yanagi's.Depends if you want a perfect untouched bladeface more for looks than actually using it,sure sharpening will change that some.Still it is not a 1000 dollar blade as yanagi's can easy hit.

    Think of it as a adventure to learn SB sharpening.I enjoy sharpening SB your fingerpads fit perfect hollow ground backside & they get sooo sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vangelis View Post
    Shimatani yanagiba 300mm blue #2, for 180$. Is it worth it the money? will be an ok introduction to single bevel?

    Vangelis
    Vangelis,

    I own the Shimatani 360mm yanagiba in blue super with octagonal handle. This is my second knife from that maker. I couldn't be more pleased with the fit and finish at any price.

    Cheers,

    Rick

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