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    Who's in Your Family?

    Over a year ago, someone said something in a forum that resonated with me about supporting custom knife makers, and since then I have exclusively bought from custom makers.

    And when I talked with Devin a while back he mentioned how hard it was to compete in terms of price with the Japanese makers -- I mean, come on, a Konosuke HD 240 wa gyuoto is $206!!

    I know not everyone can dish out the cash during these lean times, and I still would love to try out a lot of knives, but for now I can and prefer dealing with the makers involved in the knife forums.

    Here is my knife family so far.

    * Pierre x3 (smaller knives)
    * Ealy (gyuto on the way)
    * Fowler (just purchased two gyutos)
    * Devin (one mid-tech, one custom, and one suji on the way)
    * Marko (suji on the way)
    * Martell (240 gyuto)
    * Adam Marr (honesuki on the way)
    * Pendray (hunter)

    None of them have been adopted, but I still need a Rader, Harner, and Burke (among others).

    k.

    Edit: Correction, I have bought a yanagiba from Jon and have my eye on one other knife. Other than that it is all custom makers.
    "In Japan they don't call it Japanese food, they just call it food." -- Children's Hospital Quote

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    I have been trying to support the members here as well, to date:

    Pierre (paring)
    Broadwell (gyuto)
    Thomas (2 gyutos)
    John Jones (cleaver)
    Jbroida (gesshin stones)
    Marko (Yoshikane Suji w/custom handle and hopefully gyuto next year)
    Martel (Handle and when he starts the butcher collection, (hint, hint))

    It is my hope to work with all the makers here, but it may take a few years.

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    Ditto on taking a few years, however a few years ago things where better

    Harner x6
    Stephan handles x2 (Dave Installed)
    Jbroida X1 (on the way)

    As this get better I'll add to the list. However I'm a picky bugger on my style of knives and some makers do not off these interests. But we shall try

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    BB: 3
    MC: 1
    DT: 3
    PR: 3
    AMT: 8

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    I'm pretty new to J-knives but it didn't take me long to see the value in buying from custom makers.

    Carter - x1
    DT - x2
    HHH - x1
    Ealy - x1
    Rader - x2(waiting)
    Marko - x1(waiting)
    Jon Broida Gesshin stones x2
    Keller - 1 handle(I wish I could acquire more)
    Martell - Hiromoto re-handle x2(waiting)

    I can't wait to see what 2012 will bring, but 2011 has worked out pretty well for someone starting from scratch.

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    Seriously Oivind, AMT 8?? Bravo.

    And I also forgot my Murray Carter.

    k.
    "In Japan they don't call it Japanese food, they just call it food." -- Children's Hospital Quote

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    None in my family unfortunately.

    I definitely respect the custom makers and admire their work greatly. But as much as I love knives, I still mainly view them as tools and the $300ish-mark has been my limit for a single piece. I've owned a mid-tech and used someones custom before...neither felt as natural or cut as well as my thin knives that I know and love.

    If there was a significant performance gap, then I'm sure all mine would be customs.

    For what it's worth though, I've been supporting JKI since the minute it opened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Seriously Oivind, AMT 8?? Bravo.
    AMT gives by far most bang for the bucks. His knives will outperform most makers, and I guess only BB and DT is ahead of this one next year.
    MC got a great blade, but the handles and finish sucks and Im not sure about the HT either. This 3 elements will put him behind AMT next year


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    All my future buys will be from AMT. I will probably end up with far more than 8 from him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oivind_dahle View Post
    AMT gives by far most bang for the bucks. His knives will outperform most makers, and I guess only BB and DT is ahead of this one next year.
    MC got a great blade, but the handles and finish sucks and Im not sure about the HT either. This 3 elements will put him behind AMT next year


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    All my future buys will be from AMT. I will probably end up with far more than 8 from him...
    Wait who is AMT? Marko? Adam?

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    I'm all about keeping it in the family. So I had to adopt a few to put them there.

    Randy - 4 Damascus Dragon slayer set. 1 gyuto, 1 slicer, 2 paring knives
    Spike- 1 pettysuki from hell
    Will-1 Petty jewel
    Del- waiting on 1 gyuto and 1 petty
    Randy again- 1-Something special
    Colin- 3 Bill the Butcher belts for my kitchen staff.

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