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    Any place to buy a Doi, besides the one that apparently can't be mentioned?

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    Korin sells Doi's work, or at least they did last time i looked...

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    Doi made knives for Sakai Takayuki aswell... I got one off rakuten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seward View Post
    Any place to buy a Doi, besides the one that apparently can't be mentioned?
    Suisin hayate line is made by Doi (available at korin)

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    to me, ashi deserves a place there.

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    Part of me thinks it's a little like Chinese/Taiwanese restaurants, where every shop and the one next to it is famous. I'm actually almost more curious which ones are not famous or respected.

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    There's a difference between someone calling themselves famous versus other people calling them famous
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    Quote Originally Posted by echerub View Post
    There's a difference between someone calling themselves famous versus other people calling them famous
    Haha! Yes indeed!
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    I definitely have my preferences on makers/brands that I trust will be stellar out of the box (note, not necessarily sharp, but well made with no 'problems'), but I wonder how much of that is really a reflection of the actual maker/sharpener, and how much is a reflection on the vendor who inspects and actually then sells the knife?

    no doubt it's a combination of both

    I'm absolutely convinced that folks like Jon and Maksim are personally inspecting every blade as a last-step quality measure, and they catch the occasional overgrind or warpage/mismounted handle so they don't actually reach us as the consumer - I trust them fully, and I've not had a problem from either of those vendors - but I have seen real overgrinds and mis-mounted handles from other vendors, so would actually prefer to purchase knives from them in person where I can select my own. A quick trip to the shops in Japan will show that these problems are fairly common (although the stores in Japan that I've purchased from are very accommodating and will fix/exchange/select the best, etc, IME)

    I suppose it still doesn't answer the question of who the top makers/smiths are... my votes go to Hideyaki Yamamoto, Tokifusa Iizuka, Kenichi Shiraki, and Kiyoshi Kato - folks already mentioned here. But to be honest, while these are among the most outstanding knives I own my opinion of them is formed by only a few examples of their work (in some cases just one!) and they're the ones most readily available in a fairly narrow price category. I'd love to hear a short list of the best smiths from a sharpener/polisher (and a short list of sharpeners from a smith...)

    realistically, the best makers IMHO are the ones whose knives you're reaching for most often

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    Now are most of the names mentioned a single blacksmith that does all the work or is it a small shop with a few people or are they companies or brands that produce the knives.

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