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    Thumbs up Yaxell Ran chef knife 8 inch #36000 review

    Hi guys, I am new here, first time posting, I like kitchen knives, especially Japanese knives, because its performance, Style and precision. It price compare to German knife is also cheaper.

    Recently I had bought an Yaxell ran knife from Rakuten. I receive with disappointment, reason being it workmanship is far worse than Global and Shun,

    1: it handle have few chips, about 2-3mm,

    2: the blade edge wasn't nicely polished. Some portion wider than the other.

    3: the edge polishing can see obviously one side wider than the other side

    4: bad hand held balancing, the handle heavier than blade.

    5: sharp, but not sharp enough.

    Pictures to share:

    1: handle have obvious chips.




    2: the edge wasnt nicely polished and one side of the edge wider than the other side:

    Left side edge very narrow:


    Right side edge obviously wider.


    3: BAD hand held balancing!
    To me, balancing is very important, the blade should be equal weight or slightly heavier than handle so that it have the right momentum for the user during cutting / slicing, if the handle is heavier, which meaning, user need to use comparable more strength to get the same motion and momentum, end up the user get tired easily.

    I watched Youtube review for this Yaxell Ran 10 inch chef knife, it balanced nicely.
    Link is here:

    Mine Ran 8 inch chef knife at the same point not able to balanced. It shows clearly that Yaxell are using the same handle mass production for 8 inch and 10 inch chef knife.

    10 inch can balance because it blade longer, heavier, but 8 inch blade lighter. The good knife maker will use different handle for different size of blade to ensure all are have the right balanced.

    Photo of Ran 10 inch chef knife from youtube balanced nicely



    Photo My Ran 8 inch chef knife at the same point not able to balanced, handle too heavy!

    For all the above factors:
    1:not so sharp,
    2:edge badly polished,
    3: ALL IN ONE handle mass production,
    4: sloppy QC standard, of defective chipping handle.

    All these characteristic Is similar to the other knife which I had bought before <Chroma Porsche chef knife> , at least chroma knife workmanship so much better, and Chroma is honest enough to claim that their knife is MADE IN CHINA.

    From every factors, I would sense strongly, this Yaxell Ran chef knife I buy is NOT MADE IN JAPAN product.

    Even it blade is stated made in japan, due to globalization, it could easily for one big organization like Yaxell to make their knives all in China, then just ship to japan print on MADE IN JAPAN logo and pack. Is my assumption, but based on the product I am receiving it is quite logical for me to interpret as it.

    Lastly I suspect could that possible this Yaxell Ran knife I am buying is a FAKE Yaxell? Because I compare mine cover sleeve and other cover sleeve, their DAMASCUS is in RED colour, but mine is in Black colour.

    Online shows in RED


    Mine sleeve in Black colour



    In summary, I am confuse. If I had bought an authentic Yaxell, then it workmanship are so unforgivably bad, and country of origin is very doubting.

    Could any chance Yaxell knife have fake product flooded into market already, or the different coloring is just different packaging design for different market regions?

    I wanted to buy Yaxell Gou 101 layers and Yaxell Super Gou chef knife, but by this Ran chef knife experience, I will not buy Yaxell product again.

    Please let me know what do you think, I hope you can advise me on your professional commends or share with me your experience.

    Thank you very much.

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    Chef Giovani is more than a friend, he's a mentor to many. Don't know who that "many" are, likely they are not here.

    Nothing in your description suggests that yours is not a "genuine" article. (And who would counterfeit a nickle?) Most flaws sound cosmetic. The Yaxell serves well in homes where they are not used and in pro kitchens where they're not meant to be pretty. . Maybe you're expectations are a bit high?

    Since my first response, I've google the knife and in US market they are 150 bucks from Amazon. My Korean friends would ask if you are on crack? THey would smile a little while asking. Many here have good experiences dealing with Rakmart. But when you get a lemon there's no practical recourse.

    The edge size being different on the two sides only means it's ground asymmetrically. Not an issue.

    Japanese knives are measured in cm and mm. When length is expressed in inches, move on.

    Perhaps next time ask questions first, buy knife second?

    Welcome to the forum, hope that your disappointment does not sour you on the whole knife thing. And hope to see more of you.
    Josh is right.

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    Thanks again daveb, well noted your advise.

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    Mate of mine at work has one of these and I've used it a few times. Didn't seem to have any of the flaws of yours.

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    That's not a "chip" in the handle picture, that's just resin that has pulled away during the polishing process. Micarta may not have been fully cured. Purely cosmetic. The 10 inch blade probably has the same handle, so obviously the 8 inch is going to be handle heavy in comparison. The rest is just standard Japanese factory knife stuff.

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    I kind of like the pattern on the micarta, but I've never seen micarta like this before... Or maybe it's just a low res photo?

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    Hi, Guys, latest update for this knife issue.

    I was angry with the rakuten sales pushing the responsible says that the chip of the handle is caused by the post man. What a joke.

    So in the end, I wrote a complain letter directly to Yaxell.

    Surprising me is that whin in one day, their general manager had replied my email here is the print screen of the email:



    Now I can exchange with the direct factory, I am glad and satisfying with Yaxell customer service, Will support Yaxell again in future.

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    I like the, "If possible?" ... Sound's like it's "possible" you could end up with two knives and a stone for the price of one1!

    But that would be tremendously immoral.

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    Haha, this is Japanese way of politeness. I would definitely ship back my defective knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da_bsg View Post
    Haha, this is Japanese way of politeness. I would definitely ship back my defective knife.
    Hi, I am also thinking about buying a Ran. I have read this thread and now curious - what's the conclusion?
    Have you received a new knife? Is it better than the original one you received? Do you recommend a Ran knife?

    BTW, my first name is Ran... it would be cool to have a knife with my name already on it (just as an extra bonus)

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