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    Suji Design - Need Advice

    So I had a request to add a finger type notch to the choil of my suji. I wanted to use the existing design with an upgrade if at all possible vs a complete redesign. I think that I managed to come up with something that I like and will add the function that the customer is looking for.

    Now that I have this one knife I'm starting to wonder if this is a change that I should make to all of my future sujis or if I should keep going with my original design. So I figured that I'd ask you guys what you think.

    #1 is the original choil

    #2 is the new modified choil

    Please cast a vote and comment, I welcome all input.

    Thanks!
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    Your suji has a nice height at the heel so the modified choil shouldn't be a problem initially but over time, that point is going to be more and more of a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    Your suji has a nice height at the heel so the modified choil shouldn't be a problem initially but over time, that point is going to be more and more of a problem.

    Like it will gets closer and closer to the hand? I never thought of that

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    I think it's a really good idea. I can't see how it will become a problem over time, if the blade gets shorter the point will move forward, won't it?
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    I am not sure it makes much of a difference functionally. I prefer the second option aesthetically.

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    Between the two, the original one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    ...I prefer the second option aesthetically.
    So do/did I. That's how I know it isn't a good idea. I LIKE my heels nice and sharp and pointy, in general, lol.

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    I have to go with number 2 also. It looks to me like the point should move forward as height is lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejd53 View Post
    I have to go with number 2 also. It looks to me like the point should move forward as height is lost.
    Haha. It doesn't matter where the heel is along the length of the handle area. When the heel is at or near the level your fingers are when you are picking up the knife, your middle finger will get nicked regardless every time you pick up the knife. It was the stupidest move I ever made with a custom but like I said, there's plenty of room there. It might not be a problem for a long time. I dunno. I don't have issues with this sort of choil design on gyutos.

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    That little bit of curve make a really big difference in comfort.
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