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    Some confusion here... perhaps translation and individual knife uniqueness?
    Terms and different levels/makers of the same or various models?

    Is there a mechanical reason for the diff in Wa vs. western?
    Wouldn't think so.

    But I am not confident everyone is on the same page.
    Is there a Dr. in the house?

    Lovin' my 240 Yoshi SKD.
    Mid-sized at the spine, thin at and above the edge.
    Easy to sharpen and it stays that way a loooong time.

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    I just put this wa-version up right next to my KonHD. Looking at the spine, the Yoshi obviously is thicker at the handle but half way up the spine to the tip, it appears to be thinner than the HD (hard to really say due to the very deep hammer marks on this one), then toward the tip, the HD is much thinner (but I did some significant thinning in that area of my HD). In terms of cross section, the grinds are very different so it is pretty clear the KonHD is thinner on average over the entire blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I just put this wa-version up right next to my KonHD. Looking at the spine, the Yoshi obviously is thicker at the handle but half way up the spine to the tip, it appears to be thinner than the HD (hard to really say due to the very deep hammer marks on this one), then toward the tip, the HD is much thinner (but I did some significant thinning in that area of my HD). In terms of cross section, the grinds are very different so it is pretty clear the KonHD is thinner on average over the entire blade.
    doesn't surprise me. then again, my Kasumi Shig cuts better than my Kono White 2 did.

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    I have both, the western is much thicker and heavier than the WA. Had my western rehandled and spine rounded at EE and at least it's now a pretty beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redfisher View Post
    I have both, the western is much thicker and heavier than the WA. Had my western rehandled and spine rounded at EE and at least it's now a pretty beast.
    Don't be an a-hole...we need pics!

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    Pardon, if I am outdated on Yoshikanes, but SKD what? I run query on steel db, comes back with half a dozen skds - JIS SKD steels, which range in western classification from A2 to D2, D3, D6... Very different stuff. Used to be SKD11, which is D2, then at some point I think I saw SKD12, which is A2, so what now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator View Post
    Pardon, if I am outdated on Yoshikanes, but SKD what? I run query on steel db, comes back with half a dozen skds - JIS SKD steels, which range in western classification from A2 to D2, D3, D6... Very different stuff. Used to be SKD11, which is D2, then at some point I think I saw SKD12, which is A2, so what now?
    Haha. That's a good question. I used to think it was 11, as well. Then someone said it was 12 and I started talking myself into one or the other based on behavior during sharpening and as it is being damaged by various cutting action. Bottom line is I don't know but it's nice stuff. Same with Heiji. SKD something or other... Jon said he'd ask, if he got the chance. Hopefully, we'll find out soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator View Post
    Pardon, if I am outdated on Yoshikanes, but SKD what? I run query on steel db, comes back with half a dozen skds - JIS SKD steels, which range in western classification from A2 to D2, D3, D6... Very different stuff. Used to be SKD11, which is D2, then at some point I think I saw SKD12, which is A2, so what now?
    The SKD of Yoshikane is SKD12. It will have the mark SKD at the back side.


    The Sekiso (Damascus) is marked as SLD and it is the same steel as JIS SKD11.

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    Good to know. Thanks.

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    Thanks. SKD12(AISI A2) would be interesting to play with. Never seen it higher than 60HRC in western knives...

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