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    I think a vid of knife slipping in and out of new sheath would be way cool. Big Grin
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    330mm Scimitar Videos

    Here are some videos

    This blade is measured 13" (330mm) in straight line heel to tip, but the length of the cutting edge is actually 350mm thanks to the curve. 52100. 62.5RC. S grind. Western handle.









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  3. #63
    A couple of questions for scimitar users.

    The pro scimitars I have is pretty thin and light for the size. Is there an advantage (or disadvantage) in increasing the weight of this type of knife? For instance, sujis are typically thin and light, while typical yanagis are thick and heavy. Some could slice cooked proteins with yanagis just as well as with sujis. Would a heavy scimitar with S geometry be a knife to consider?

    Second, is the profile for scimitar suitable to be used as a carving knife/slicer?

    Thanks,

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    I want one. seriously.

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    Help!!!

    Re-posting questions that kind of hinder my progression on this type of knife.

    A couple of questions for scimitar users.

    The pro scimitar I have is pretty thin and light for the size. Is there an advantage (or disadvantage) in increasing the weight of this type of knife? For instance, sujis are typically thin and light, while typical yanagis are thick and heavy. Some could slice cooked proteins with yanagis just as well as with sujis. Would a heavy scimitar with S geometry (thinner cross-section, good food separation) be a knife to consider?

    Second, is the profile for scimitar suitable to be used as a carving knife/slicer?

    Thanks,

    M


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    As far as the weight I think that much like yanagibas it is the stiffness not the weight that you are looking for. Any flex in your blade is going to cause some variance in your portions. I think that thinking of the scimitar as a portioning knife, not a carving knife, is going to get you into the right track on this. I'm not saying it can't be used for carving, slicing, skinning, boning, etc. but this shape excels at cutting consistent, thick chunks of meat off of a bigger chunk of meat.
    The other thing that a scimitar shines at is making long cuts down a carcass (like starting the cut to remove a pork loin and belly in one piece) where you hold it in a dagger grip, and use your left hand to pull the blade along. This is where the tip shape is useful because it is trailing behind that curve, not tearing anything up, but pushing the meat gently away from the bone. That curve would continue to be useful peeling the meat away from the ribs, letting the weight of the loin and gravity pull the meat down and separating it with a kind of twisting motion of the tip.
    An S grind would almost certainly be beneficial in the scimitars' role as a portioning knife. Food release can be (no pun intended) a drag when cutting raw meat precisely. In the butchering aspect I don't know that it would help or hinder.
    I can't think of anything else right now, but if something comes to me I'll post it up.

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    Thanks, pretty good information here.


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  8. #68
    Hmm... I guess I don't have much choice but to send the scimitar for testing. This would be my second scimitar (see earlier posts in this thread), the firs one is "missing in action" without a word on its performance. So a bit hesitant to do this again, mostly for time required to get a good feedback, but might have to do it anyway.

    If you would be interested to test the knife, please post in this thread. Also please note one of the requirements for a tester is that you have to use the scimitar on a regular basis and be familiar with this type of knife.


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    Why not mattrud? He's fairly local to you and he can more than put it through it's paces. And if he does not return it, you can send Son after him I'd definitely stick to a local person since you are still SOL on the last one.
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    I would like to use several testers, but yes, I will definitely include Matt and I might even drop the knife off myself.


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