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    Small gyuto instead of petty?

    Was looking at getting a petty. Want to get something cheaper this time. Some sites have pettys only in 120 and 150, but they have gyutos in 180. Good idea or no? Is the shape too different that won't make it as useful? I have no clue here.

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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    That's kind of a tough one to answer. It really depends on the knife, what you consider to be a petty, and what you like to do with a petty.
    I view my Carter funy (175ish mm) as a petty, but it really is a scaled down gyuto. If you think a petty is a board knife, then a 180 gyuto might actually be a better option to fill your petty void, as a result of the extra knuckle clearance. If you see a petty as a small slicer, or big parer, then a 180 gyuto likely isn't your best option.
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    What do you plan to use it for and what size are you leaning towards?

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    IF you feel that 180mm is suitable for a petty...there are Pettys in the 180mm length. The blade hieght is lower than a gyuto. Tojiro and ginga series form Jon of JKI

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    One of the young guys where I work uses a 180 gyuto and to be honest I am not a fan. Depends how much space you have and that, but I'd much rather have a 180 petty than a gyuto in that size. I'd probably go for a santoku in that length at a pinch to be honest if you don't want a petty or gyuto

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    I wouldn't be concerned with what it is called. If you just like handling small knives for small all-around tasks, I'd get a knife taller at the heel. If you are mainly going to slice and peel with it, shorter heels are nicer. That height at the heel is what you need to be concerned about.

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    Isn't this exactly the problem that Lefty was trying to solve with the Pettysuki? Small enough for hand work, but with enough clearance for board work. Seems to me he did a great job of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejd53 View Post
    Isn't this exactly the problem that Lefty was trying to solve with the Pettysuki? Small enough for hand work, but with enough clearance for board work. Seems to me he did a great job of it.
    Yeah, I think so. I've been using a small HHH petty gyuto that does a pretty nice job. I also have a double bevel Carter "honesuki" that fits the same sort of niche.

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    The stainless clad watanabe blue petty is a genuine "petit gyuto" I'll crack and buy one one day. There's a 180mm in stainless clad kurouchi as well, which is the largest size he makes in this style, iirc

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    I think you have to look at;

    A) slicing and occassional tasks, limited space; petty/ suji
    B) light prep work; gyuto/ funi

    Neither of these will replace a parer for in hand work. So going small (sub 150) makes no sense.
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