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    Kato Dragon
    The first photo: the difference between Katos: Kikuryu, Dragon, Suji
    Two last were the same ( polished)- now I change it into deep gray Kasumi with Uchigumori fingerstones
    Will keep on polishing. But the change is already visible 😜😜

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    Having Kato Dragon on loan right now - I am just wondering that once this knife will need thinning (sooner than later I guess given that the blade is not particularly thin behind the edge) - how high up the blade will one have to go - will not the dragon engraving be also affected by the thinning?

    @Matt: Please do not worry, I do not intend to learn thinning on your Kato

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    JNS Kato Workhorse

    Guys, i tried out a rare Kato Yanagi 330 mm...... Till that moment i was pretty sure Shigefusa is better in single bevel. He is a King. But: when i saw that beauty, looking almost like a sword, i though: OMG!!!
    Slicing fish or meat was a " brutal" pleasure. Not cutting- but SEPARATION. Scaring.... Buhhhh
    Since that time I can't stop thinking of it...
    I have a 240 Kato Yanagy, and a bunch of Shigefusa Yanagi from 210 to 300, ink Kitaeji..
    But this one.........

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    This is that, BTW

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    LOL...Andrey, you have a talent of making others, especially me, being intrigued by Katos.
    I have a few shig yanagis and wanted to know about a kato yanagi.
    Now, I am sure I will have to get a kato yanagi. ^^

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    Well my first Kato (long overdue) is headed my way. I am looking forward to the Workhorse--240 gyuto.
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange View Post
    LOL...Andrey, you have a talent of making others, especially me, being intrigued by Katos.
    I have a few shig yanagis and wanted to know about a kato yanagi.
    Now, I am sure I will have to get a kato yanagi. ^^
    😜😜😜👍👍
    The main difference in Yanagibas between them is the way you cut/feel.
    Shigefusa is very sofisticated, i would say- a golden standard. It makes the job you want him to make, it means it can and does follow your hand.it cuts there , where you want to cut.
    Kato make the other job- you have the feeling, the the knife allows you to hold it, sliding through the food with a sense of separation, not cutting it. Much more aggresive. Shigefusa is a perfect tool, Kato is a beast. Not everyone can really like it- Kato needs, like a real hot mighty horse , a real man , knowing what to do with.
    Kato will not forgive nothing- false angles, wrong cuts- it can chips, ( Shigefusa as well, btw). But if you know to ride........
    O M G!!!!!!!
    You get this crazy fun of using it, it cries out to be used, it needs respect, same respect, as Kato-san gave to the . Great tools, especially in Maksim's agreed with Kato-san version. Wild mustangs.
    I've got a rare version of Shigefusa Honesuki- WOW- this is the knife which IMHO beats Kato in same version( though the Kato is bigger and has 2 bevels). Just to inform you- I'm not the crazy fan, i know the stuff, that's all. F.ex i took Deba from Shigefusa- and it's great, very fine, very sharp, really classic.
    Having tried out so many knives, having over 50 high- end knives in my collection ( to use, btw), i can separate " heaven from hell", i hope 😎. I just see that these 2 greatest Masters make really enjoyable stuff... Which differs from the rest. Again, in my honest opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacats View Post
    Well my first Kato (long overdue) is headed my way. I am looking forward to the Workhorse--240 gyuto.
    240 - is a really nice size for Gyuto from Kato. All his best knives come in this size. Damascus, Kikuryu, Dragon... I have them all, they are fantastic knives. Really different from the other stuff. Quite heavy, but cut like a real Katana. Very aggresive, but without visible aggression- the only right picture i get is the Katana movement- to chance to stop it , no recall. It goes through, that's all. All Kato's knives need and deserve real good care, again like a good sword. Then they serve endless. Kato has a Katana maker's license, that's why his knives are so different. I think so. He makes them as swords, he quenches them as swords, he cools them with same sword movement. That's the style- that's the result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrey V View Post
    😜😜😜👍👍
    The main difference in Yanagibas between them is the way you cut/feel.
    Shigefusa is very sofisticated, i would say- a golden standard. It makes the job you want him to make, it means it can and does follow your hand.it cuts there , where you want to cut.
    Kato make the other job- you have the feeling, the the knife allows you to hold it, sliding through the food with a sense of separation, not cutting it. Much more aggresive. Shigefusa is a perfect tool, Kato is a beast. Not everyone can really like it- Kato needs, like a real hot mighty horse , a real man , knowing what to do with.
    Kato will not forgive nothing- false angles, wrong cuts- it can chips, ( Shigefusa as well, btw). But if you know to ride........
    O M G!!!!!!!
    You get this crazy fun of using it, it cries out to be used, it needs respect, same respect, as Kato-san gave to the . Great tools, especially in Maksim's agreed with Kato-san version. Wild mustangs.
    I've got a rare version of Shigefusa Honesuki- WOW- this is the knife which IMHO beats Kato in same version( though the Kato is bigger and has 2 bevels). Just to inform you- I'm not the crazy fan, i know the stuff, that's all. F.ex i took Deba from Shigefusa- and it's great, very fine, very sharp, really classic.
    Having tried out so many knives, having over 50 high- end knives in my collection ( to use, btw), i can separate " heaven from hell", i hope 😎. I just see that these 2 greatest Masters make really enjoyable stuff... Which differs from the rest. Again, in my honest opinion...
    Thanks a lot again for your elaborate explanation.
    A shige's edge ootb is rather delicate. So, I tune it for my taste. Then it becomes beastly robust yet light and nimble. This is good and bad; For me I hope it has a little more weight but it is just me. I can see, for a professional, it's just perfect.
    I really look forward to Katos, hopely, in the near future.
    I'd like to feel the "separation" ^^

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