The Epicurean Edge carries several lines of Yoshikane knives, and is a supporting vendor of KKF. I think it qualifies as a "main go to site", at least for me. Check it out for other knives, as well.
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Yoshikane has taken the kurouchi (sp?) finish to an art form with their SLD knives. I currently have an 210 SKD that gets picked up and used a lot, esp when considering its too short. You may have to reach a little deeper than you had planned but its only painful once.
Older and wider.
The SKD is not the most fashionable or esoteric (mainly because it's been "known" for a long time), but in terms of performance/price, it's right up there, imo.
I am actually looking at the Yoshikane SKD 240mm and the Kamagoro 240mm.
I am unfamiliar with the steel used in the kamagoro, but I have read that it may be made by the same company as yoshikane? It is a slightly cheaper blade with a more rustic kurouchi finish that I like.
Edit: Read it was blue 2, but an angle of 30degrees seems pretty hefty, not sure if that is the right path
I also have the idea to get whatever blade I buy rehandled with a professional sharpening in about a year using known services after reading this review: http://www.zknives.com/knives/kitche...orogy240.shtml
Can anyone guide me on known differences between kamagoro and yoshikane?
Edit: I guess the main difference really is just the stainless steel versus the more raw carbon.
Also now looking over the Ikeda found here: CKTG /taik24dagy.html
"Can anyone guide me on known differences between kamagoro and yoshikane?"
If this question was posed on EE's subforum then they could address it. Forum rules preclude vendors from offering anything that might be perceived as subjective in this part.
Older and wider.