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    Help deciding 1st gyuto!

    Hello!

    Came to the forum in search for help picking up my 1st gyuto, so I guess I can start answering that ultimate questionnaire....


    LOCATION
    Brazil


    KNIFE TYPE
    Gyuto

    Are you right or left handed?
    Right handed

    Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle?
    At first I thought a western handle would be better, but i'm starting to like the idea of japanese handles... mainly octagonal shaped

    What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)?
    240mm

    Do you require a stainless knife? (Yes or no)
    No

    What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife?
    US$ 150 tops, for one gyuto


    KNIFE USE
    Home cook as a hobby, 2-3 times a week more or less

    What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for?
    Slicing, chopping and mincing vegetables, slicing and trimming meats

    What knife, if any, are you replacing?
    A pair of really cheap Tramontina Carbon Steel knives which I use to practice my sharpening skills

    Do you have a particular grip that you primarily use?
    Pinch grip

    What cutting motions do you primarily use?
    Push cut, drawing, walking, slicing and wanting to learn rocking motion

    What improvements do you want from your current knife?
    Mainly edge retention and comfort. Aestethics comes stock with any good japanese blade!


    KNIFE MAINTENANCE
    Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board?
    Plastic board, planing to own an End grain cutting board

    Do you sharpen your own knives?
    Yes, starting on this craft.

    Are you interested in purchasing sharpening products for your knives?
    Already have some.... but yes. Always! ahahahah

    SPECIAL REQUESTS/COMMENTS

    After about 1 year of researching, lately I've settled my alternatives to 2 knives... I really really like the deal on that Gesshin Uraku 240mm White #2 gyuto (so much that I'm about to buy it, impulsively):

    http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/...-wa-gyuto.html

    But I'm still considering a Hiromoto AS 240mm gyuto.... Are these two comparable? The Hiromoto has good reputation but I really don't know what to expect from either one.....

    Could you guys help me?

    Thank you in advance!

    Luis.

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    I have one of these, like it a lot !
    blue 2 damascus

    http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/product/33

    With shipping, it should just be on your budget.

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    I know it's a little bit over your budget, but it's worth considering http://www.kitchen-knife.jp/pro/gyuto.htm
    Knowing his prices will go up this september.

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    kevpenbanc: Thanks for the tip! I liked the site, but I actually wanted an octagonal handle... Aren't those Tanaka knives supposed to sell at a very high price? Why is this one much cheaper? Looks good, really, but can't find specs, measures, etc...

    Marcelo: Sorry I took longer to see the posts here.. my budget is limited and I want a 240mm knife. If the 180mm gyuto already costs this much, imagine the other! hahahahah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis View Post
    kevpenbanc: Thanks for the tip! I liked the site, but I actually wanted an octagonal handle... Aren't those Tanaka knives supposed to sell at a very high price? Why is this one much cheaper? Looks good, really, but can't find specs, measures, etc...

    Marcelo: Sorry I took longer to see the posts here.. my budget is limited and I want a 240mm knife. If the 180mm gyuto already costs this much, imagine the other! hahahahah
    that is a Tanaka, the more expensive one your are most likely thinking about is a Takeda, one hell of a knife, just not my cup of tea, I might hop on that Tanaka nice deal!

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    Tanaka makes some significantly more expensive knives, as well. Their knives with R2 steel are in the 400+ range.

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    forgot about the R2 Ironwood's those can go for a good penny

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    They also make R2's with WA handle's. Beautiful knives.

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    Yeah, I saw one Tanaka R2 on sale for $650 !
    Think it was at Tosho (?) - a fairly recent thread.
    Nice knife.

    I like my cheapo Tanaka a lot, but I have nowhere near the knife experience of most people on this forum.
    The handle is a D handle not octogon. I think it probably took me a little while to realise that when I received it

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    That was my thread.

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