Glad your enjoying it Tom.
Originally Posted by Lefty
One more badass cleaver to consider is a Saji, http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/SP...nese%20Cleaver. Its too rich for my blood, but boy is it bad ass...
Also another option is to speak to the bladesmith's here and see if you can commission one. I know that are far more fancier steels like R2 that traditional cleaver makers don't use.
For stainless cleavers Tojiro does a good job. They are comfortable in the hand & have good grinds. The geometry of your Tojiro is far better than the Richmond. Also JMO skinny octagon handles on cleavers feel like crap. With a pinch grip round barrels afford great control & comfort.
the f-921 has 2 rivets, just the light on the bwj pics is bad. if you turn up the contrast, you can see it.
the f-631 handle is not slippery at all.
still, id say get in contact with ashi hamono and order a customized one.
these are my cleavers
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone!
I'd say I'm definitely down to a Gesshin Ginga cleaver, Tojiro F-631/921 (probably 621 - if I were to get one with a standard rosewood handle it would be the Ginga), and the Hattori FH-15 (I still want one of these - but it sounds like it's maybe not as good performance-wise as the others?).
I'm not sure about ordering custom direct from Ashi Hamono - where I am in my knife experience, I don't think I should be ordering any custom knives because I haven't had enough experience to really solidify my preferences. My custom order would be sort of a blind shot in the dark - at least with the Gesshin Ginga I can trust that Jon's customizations made a really good knife. Then later on (years down the road probably) I can consider a custom if I find out that one of these knives isn't quite doing it for me.
Originally Posted by berko
(Although I wonder... maybe I'll talk to Jon about custom ordering a Gesshin Ginga with a more rounded, Sugimoto-like handle? )
To give me an idea though, does anyone know what the lead time on customs from Ashi is usually like?
i ordered 2 custom cleavers there. first took 3 weeks to be completed, second took 4 weeks. i guess another 2 weeks shipping to germany including german customs.