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    Could you help with a bit of info about the below, they look great. Are they as good as they look, apologise if this is a silly question.

    http://www.ironchefknives.com.au/ind...&product_id=94

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    Wow cool a wa version of the r2 tanaka! I've been using the 240mm r2 gyuto for quite a while now and really love the steel. Super hard steel, takes a really steep edge and holds it for a while and is relatively easy to sharpen. I may have to consider picking up a wa version now. Good find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by welshstar View Post
    Hi

    Could you help with a bit of info about the below, they look great. Are they as good as they look, apologise if this is a silly question.

    http://www.ironchefknives.com.au/ind...&product_id=94

    Alan
    Confirm the blade length. this particular model is 180mm.

    Maker: Kazuyuki Tanaka
    Item num: ICN-MAR005
    Blade length: 180mm
    Total length: 320mm
    Blade width: 47mm
    Blade thickness: 2.4mm
    Item weight: 115g
    Blade: San Mai Damascus R2 powdered metallurgical (PM) stainless steel blade, Rc 63-64
    Handle: Octagonal Red Sandalwood

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    IIRC there are wa-handled double beveled knives in blue steel (laminated with soft iron, "damascus"), Ginsanko (Nashiji) and VG10 (laminated with stainless "damascus"), and the western handled (Ironwood) in R2, but as mentioned above that's the first R2 wa i have seen. Price is pretty good given that it is in AUD as well. ($399 AUD for 240mm)

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    [QUOTE=welshstar;45652]Hi

    Could you help with a bit of info about the below, they look great. Are they as good as they look, apologise if this is a silly question.


    I have a Tanaka 240 western gyuto with R2 steel, and yes they are as good as they look.
    The R2 steel is far superior than all the other steels I own. It sharpens easy and stays sharp forever.
    I also own an Itou made with the same R2 steel but the Tanaka`s edge retention is far greater. I'm not sure why, it just is.

    I would not hesitate to purchase this.
    I hope this helps some.

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    [QUOTE=Hattorichop;45711]
    Quote Originally Posted by welshstar View Post
    Hi

    Could you help with a bit of info about the below, they look great. Are they as good as they look, apologise if this is a silly question.


    I have a Tanaka 240 western gyuto with R2 steel, and yes they are as good as they look.
    The R2 steel is far superior than all the other steels I own. It sharpens easy and stays sharp forever.
    I also own an Itou made with the same R2 steel but the Tanaka`s edge retention is far greater. I'm not sure why, it just is.

    I would not hesitate to purchase this.
    I hope this helps some.
    what other steels do you have experience with?

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    I have knives made with white#1 and #2
    blue#2, blue super and vg 10.
    I know there is alot more different types of steel out there that I do not have experience with but out of that lot the R2 stands out above the rest.

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    that's pretty impressive, then.

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    I'd like to have a knife's made of all the different steels out there but I think that is going to take awhile to accumulate that many different knives.

    I was hoping to get in on the Del pre-buy but I think I have enough knives for now. I would have been clueless on which steel to pick, the O1 or the AEB-L.

    But back to the main point, you can not go wrong with the R2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hattorichop View Post
    ...which steel to pick, O1 or the AEB-L.

    But back to the main point, you can not go wrong with the R2.
    you couldn't go wrong with either of those choices either.

    Interesting to say the R2 is preferred over Aogami Super and White #1.
    That is certainly a lot to its credit, and it peaks my curiosity.
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