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Thread: opinions on zakuri,kochi,kanehiro and other sujis

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    Senior Member Dardeau's Avatar
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    I'm also pretty interested in this, anyone used a gengetsu suji?

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    My vote is for yoshikane v2 best suji I've used to date.

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    One of the things to think about, esp with a narrow bladed knife is the orientation of the edge relative to the handle. If you look at the classic "pure" slicing design (like yanagi), the handle is in line with the spine and the edge runs pretty close to parallel to the spine for most of it's length.
    This seems to also be the design with most of what I've seen from Takeda as well as Zak (not sure about kochi due to the lack of pic).

    However, being that I use my suji's for more than just pure slicing tasks, I find a bit of a hybrid design to be much more useful. One of the key features is an edge line that is angled "up" to converge with the line of the spine and handle. If you think about what that means in terms of grip / hand position, knuckle clearance and ergonomics, it changes quite a bit. To each there own, but I find it much more comfortable.
    Take a look at the way that Ginga does it to see what I mean:
    http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...sujihiki.html#
    -My wrist just think that looks better for a gyuto alternative.

    YMMV
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    If you want curvature wouldn't it be better just to get a narrow gyuto?

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    No...
    I'm talking about the orientation of the edge (which may be just as flat/ straight as any other slicer) relative to the spine /handle. If you pay attention you will see the same variations in gyutos: some run more parallel to the spine, some run at a more convergent angle. Has nothing to do with belly or curvature and it affects hand / wrist/ elbow position.
    "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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