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    Monzaburo Honyaki

    Does anyone here have a Monzaburo W no.2 honyaki gyuto? If so, how do you like it?


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    Gyuto? Who sells those ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by labor of love View Post
    Gyuto? Who sells those ?
    Aframes: http://yhst-27988581933240.stores.ya...ade-kn270.html

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    looks great
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    I remember reading a review on them a year or two ago. They guy loved it and then sold it a few months later. i can't remember what the replacement was...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I remember reading a review on them a year or two ago. They guy loved it and then sold it a few months later. i can't remember what the replacement was...
    I believe you may be thinking of our favorite extortionist, that d-bag from South Africa....

    Jason also had one iirc, and would certainly be a more reliable source of info. Maybe he will see fit to chime in.
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    Found it http://knifeforums.com/forums/showpo...?post/1844557/ It looks like it has too many problems for a $700 knife. He tried to sell it in this thread, http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/sh...hp?tid/879660/ with no success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wenus2 View Post
    I believe you may be thinking of our favorite extortionist, that d-bag from South Africa....

    Jason also had one iirc, and would certainly be a more reliable source of info. Maybe he will see fit to chime in.
    Yup. That's the one. Still, that makes two people selling within a year of acquisition. As for "problems," I didn't really see anything there. The finish sucks but nobody said it didn't cut well. On the other hand, the rough finish and the flat back probably creates a fair amount of drag.

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    I actually have both of the knives mentioned here, but I haven't really put them through their paces yet.
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    I placed an order for a lefty honyaki yanagiba through Aframes about a year ago. It took a while and when Takeshi sent pics I was concerned. There was no visible hamon on the front of the knife and the back looked like a kasumi knife with polish below the hamon and a hazy look above the hamon. I questioned this and Takeshi agreed that's what it looked like. He went back and forth with Monzaburo and I don't think they really understood what the issues were. I didn't accept the knife and Takeshi was a real gentleman about the whole thing.

    Apparently the business end of Monzaburo is in Tokyo and they deal with makers in Sakai. I think they are a large company and seem to have the same kind of administrative problems as many American companies: the front office doesn't understand the product. There are too many alternatives out there to put up with this kind of nonsense. On the other hand I have a 300mm kasumi gyuto in Blue 2 that I love.

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