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    Flat out good looks....

    Just wondering how many of you have purchased a knife based purely on looks. What percentage does the asthetics of the blade and how it looks in your hand play in to your decision to purchase a new knife. I know how easy it is to get caught up on steel types, grinds, heat treatment, etc, etc. but just wondering about flat out good looks of a knife. Any comments?


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    Looks are important to me.

    There, I said it.


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    Yes. When I bought my first two J knives, I went western. I bought the Carbonext 240 Gyuto because pretty much everyone on here said it offered as much bang for the buck as any knife out there. I also like the handle size of it. I bought the 270 Hattori FH suji, which people apparently also like, primarily because it was sexy looking and I wanted to steal the handle shape. The handle on the Hattori seems a tad small for a knife that big, but the shape is fabulous. Oddly enough, my first complete kitchen knife is a suji with a Stefan handle, but the blade shape is a bigger version of the Hattori slightly modified at the heel/machi to match up with the wa handle. Total length from handle fact to tip is about 285 which is a hair longer than the original and it is 41mm at the heel, which is bit taller. That blade shape with a little more beef may look even better than the original.

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    My collection of kitchen cutlery primarily consists of Gyuto's simply because I find them to be the best looking blades around. Luckily for me they are also able to be used for multiple uses so in the end it works out. I have 8 Gyuto's and 6 other types of knives in total.
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    Never bought a knife based "purely on looks", but yeah, aesthetics are important to me. Life's too short to own ugly knives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookin808 View Post
    Just wondering how many of you have purchased a knife based purely on looks. What percentage does the asthetics of the blade and how it looks in your hand play in to your decision to purchase a new knife. I know how easy it is to get caught up on steel types, grinds, heat treatment, etc, etc. but just wondering about flat out good looks of a knife. Any comments?
    I have bought a couple on looks alone, but learned the hard way that looks without underlying substance was a losing proposition. Unless you are planning to just display the knife and never use it.

    So looks are just a part of the total picture now.

    Rick

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    I agree with Rick - Looks are important but they just weigh in with the other characteristics.

    BY THE WAY - I jumped into this thread thinking maybe someone had prompted SON to post a pic of the pastry queen. Oh, well.

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    I have always preferred a functional aesthetic--the look that most appeals to me is one that screams performance. I want everything to be done for a good reason.

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    I wouldn't buy an ugly car just because went from 0-60 in 3.5 sec or date an ugly woman just because she @#^%!! It all has to tie in together.. looks performance etc.
    But in the end ,beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

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    Don't get me wrong, I want both. But good looks (or the capability of being made good looking with the help of one of our talented re-handle specialists) is just as much of a prerequisite for me as performance.

    I buy all "plain" blades anyway (no damascus) so this isn't a huge issue for me anyway.


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