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    Ryusen vs Kikuichi?

    Does anyone know much about these two knives I have a TKC and love it but haven't heard much about the Ruysen. I am specifically looking at the 240mm gyuto.

    Ruysen
    http://japanesechefsknife.com/Ryusen...cusSeries.html


    Compared to the Kikuichi Warikomi Damascus Gyuto 240mm

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    OEM (rebadge) blade offered by just about every big manufacturer/brand - Yoshihiro, Kanetsune, Togiharu yadda yadda...

    The Ryusen is expensive, The Kikuichi an absolute rip-off. JCK Gekko 240mm gyuto is the same blade, $135 in 240mm size.

    Edit: Says the Kikuichi is VG5 (cheaper) not VG10. There are 19C27 variants too apparently. Either that or they are all the same and it's BS.

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    I haven't used 'em but what Timthebeaver stated is a very real possibility.

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    Those are really ugly. Ryusen has other knives on that site that are worth looking at.
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    Holy crap. That is within $15 of the Blazen 240mm. Who would buy that over the Blazen? ><
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    Blazen comes with a saya too. Hmm.
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    Hattori oems their HD series ( Damascus VG10) from Ryusen. Their Blazen series uses R2 powdered tool steel .. very, very respectable end product.

    hv a nice week-end.

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    when I was in the Ryusen factory in 06 they were making these blades in house. yes they were buying the laminate and blanking them out on a punch press like everyone else but were then forging grindind and hardening tempering in house. They could have changed but I doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zitangy View Post
    ...Their Blazen series uses R2 powdered tool steel...
    Blazen uses SG2, unless they've changed it recently.

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