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    Unagisaki, 270 deba, Tadatsuna 300 gyuto

    Some more rare ones up that I have never seen elsewhere in the US. The first is a Watanabe edogata unagisaki - a knife specialized for freshwater eel. It is in white#2 steel with natural horn ferrule and is a very solid knife. The cutting edge is 185mm, and the front angle going up to the nose is also sharpened. I have used it a few times when I could find whole eel, and it has some patina but is in excellent condition. I have also used it as a deba on smaller fish, as it is about as thick as a 150 deba. If filleting eel isn't big on your list, there could be other uses for it, and it is a conversation piece.
    Unagisaki $195 shipped CONUS

    The next knife is a 'big' Blue#2 steel 270mm Tadafusa deba with horn ferrule and ho handle. The spine is around 9mm thick, but the body tapers down a little bit from spine to blade edge as you can see in the pictures. Because of this it is actually more nimble feeling than you might expect. When I was in Japan I noticed that 270+ larger debas at Ichimonji and Aritsugu also had this characteristic.
    I have used it with success and it has patina, but it sharp and ready to go. I got a good deal on this a few years ago, about half what most deba go for in this size.
    Deba $350 shipped CONUS

    Lastly is a 300mm INOX Tadatsuna western gyuto with ebony handle. 300 doesn't seem too long for this knife with this grippy handle, and the stainless steel Tadatsuna uses it quite nice as many of you know. This knife is thin, similar to the Tadatsuna wa-gyutos, and is great for melons and squash. The spine and choil has been smoothed slightly. Sells for $350 from them.
    Gyuto $240 shipped CONUS

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    Dang! I assume the answer is yes, but do you have any knives left?

    Almost 8 knives in a week.

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    Wow that Deba is awesome

    Apart from being very cool what would you use a knife like that for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    Dang! I assume the answer is yes, but do you have any knives left?

    Almost 8 knives in a week.
    You've never seen Bishamon's knife gallery thread on KF?
    "God sends meat and the devil sends cooks." - Thomas Deloney

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    He's got lots more to go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    You've never seen Bishamon's knife gallery thread on KF?
    Not until just now....WOW! Still looking for the jaw dropping smiley.

    Awesome...just awesome.

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    wow, that's some blade. bring me the fish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshstar View Post
    Wow that Deba is awesome

    Apart from being very cool what would you use a knife like that for ?
    Fish, and I have. It's not unusable at all. You can use the tip of it just like you could a 180 deba or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    Dang! I assume the answer is yes, but do you have any knives left?
    Oh yes. And it's not like all of these knives sell, even if the prices are super low. I'm sure many people wouldn't take oddball styles or sizes I like even if the knives were $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bishamon View Post
    Oh yes. And it's not like all of these knives sell, even if the prices are super low. I'm sure many people wouldn't take oddball styles or sizes I like even if the knives were $50.
    I'll take that deba for $50....

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