Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t
watanabe pro, takeda classic. two totally different knives both totally awesome.
I still need to pick up a Watanabe pro. Seems like it'd be right up my alley from what I've heard. Sorry for going a bit off topic btw...
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wat is a true workhorse in every sense of the word (basically a cleaver in gyuto shape, perfect for bulk prep) and his blue steel has the greatest retention, pretty spectacular stuff. takeda has a very unique geometry that's uncannily good cutter, plus AS steel is my favorite for being so toothy.
im still not sure how or watanabe fell out of favor with many of us forum people but its definitely classic and a joy to use. the ultimate heavy duty carbon workhorse.
sorry about the thread jacking. I wish that I could say my favorite classic was my forgecraft. That is why I started commenting on it. I have just recently recieved that forum favorite the watanabe sakimaru 270mm takohiki with the stefan handle and marko saya. It is an absolute beauty and will stay with me forever. Having a small amount of work from marko that is so beautiful makes me want to experience one of his gyutos more than ever. Hes a true craftsman.
I also have the same feeling about those old takedas. They are insanely badass cutters and the giant bevel makes them one of my all time favorites!
"A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe." -Thomas Keller
Circa 1970's thin Masamoto Gyuto mystery carbon.Fav. cleaver Suien virgin carbon