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    Who or what led you here?

    What opened your eyes to good knives, and set you out to find the forum/shop/maker that makes you the nut you are today? Everyone remembers the knife they got fed up with, but something gave you hope that something better HAD to be out there.

    When I was a kid, our knives were always dull, despite being carbon Sabs. I watched the Miracle Blade ads as a kid abd was so impressed by the design ideas. I turned pro and was disappointed with the lack of improvement. Then the sushi bar times.

    But it was Alton Brown's emphatic endorsement of Shun,a brand I've never owned, that made me believe there are really great performing knives in the world. And he's right 98% of the time(his favorite personal knife is his Carter Funy).


    Maybe it was a gift knife out of the blue that knocked your socks off, or was a friend with a Global tatoo--what was your Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    A friend that pointed me towards the Hattori FH... and the resulting forum addiction

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    OCD about everything.....no, but really it was sort of a chain reaction from my leather working alter ego. The question kinda went like this..."could you do the same thing (meaning sharpness, edge holding, custom details, etc.) with a ____________???" So where does an OCD left brainer go from there.....straight to the drawing board, internet research, magazine subsciptions, local chefs, and any other resource to get answers so desperately needed. And then MAGIC happens....someone who owns one of your other knives is a celebrity chef of MASTER CHEF caliber. Sorry I cannot disclose the name w/o permission (personal ethical protocol), but y'all know him very well here.

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    Mine...Well, It is all Delbert's fault. He told me i should join here...And i have been on a kitchen knife kick ever since. I enjoy the extra challenges associated with making a true performer knife. Not like the hunting knives...That might get used a few times a year...Tried and true daily drivers. I am still very green at this, but i have spent countless hours researching...Now i can openly say...I blame Delbert!

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    i loved cleavers and my wife found JCK and got me a suien vc cleaver. after i found out where she got it from, i bought a hiromoto 240mm AS and soon after a 270mm misono sweedish suji. i knew i wanted to transition into j-knives so i got those two western handles and a shun 1k/6k stone to teach myself how to sharpen. after over a year paying my dues with those, i started upgrades.

    anyway, soon after, i found FF, KF and KKF. although im curious and check out the old ones every once in a while, i spend the majority of my time here.
    It's like my ol' grandpappy used to say; "The less one makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look a fool in retrospect"

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    But it was Alton Brown's emphatic endorsement of Shun,a brand I've never owned, that made me believe there are really great performing knives in the world. And he's right 98% of the time(his favorite personal knife is his Carter Funy).
    AB for me also. Pretty much everything I tried from him turned out well so I looked into Shun & Miyabi knives, poked around on the internet a bit, and found KF.

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    One of the guys on Blade Forums or British Blades told me about this forum.

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    I grew a lot of tomatos three summers ago. At one point, I had a ton of 'em and I was cutting them up for something, I can't remember exactly what. Dealing with the poorly sharpened Henckels was enough to get me looking. After a couple of months of digging around both in person and online (KF), I settled on my first Masahiro and Glestain blades. I found this place from an automated JKS email, I believe.

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    I was working in a kitchen and had I thought at the time learned to sharpen well. I decided I wanted to be a cook/chef for life and figured it was time to upgrade from the house knives, and so I bought the best I could afford or at least what I thought was the best I could afford. Global, really is what got me thinking about what a knife could really do. Shortly after that I started school and kept learning and researching knives.

    Found FF and lurked and looked thru their archives for years before joining there. I heard about this forum from "the fallout" lurked here a while and joined up here. To me knives are cool and fun, but in the end its still just a tool of my trade for me, but I like to have and use and properly maintain high quality tools.

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    Who or what led you here?
    Stefan and Dave

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