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    Any experience with this knife?

    http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/product/33

    I'm looking at stepping up from my Fujiwara FKH to something that as a wa handle (my preference) and better steel without breaking the bank? What do you guys think?
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    I've never used one personally, but I've heard the blades are very nice, but the handle and finish leave a bit to be desired. It's always a good idea to go through a reputable dealer for qc reasons (as I'm sure you know).
    However, this guy sells tanaka knives at a very good price. I have emailed him before and he can get different sizes easily enough.
    http://cgi.ebay.ca/Japanese-16-Damas...#ht_3586wt_784
    His English is limited, and I don't know about the qc, but it is another option.

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    Caution with 330mate_com
    Very often sell low-quality goods!

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    Thanks for the heads up!

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    I have only positive experience with 330mate_com

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    like Vladimir, i recived 2 low quality knives from 330mate_com, broken handles and poor customer service.

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    Way to complicate things Olvind! Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by stereo.pete View Post
    I'm looking at stepping up from my Fujiwara FKH to something that as a wa handle (my preference) and better steel without breaking the bank? What do you guys think?
    Pete, do you still have your ITK? That is what you should step up into!

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    If you're not going to use it, can I have it???

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    My Tanaka Yanagi was a great value, got it from the same place. But the workmanship doesn't show a complete attention to detail. There are parts that are ground/hammered unevenly on the blade road, the finish on the blade was rough, and the handle is basically a hunk of wood that goes in your hand. That said, the steel is good, the knife is a great user and easy to sharpen. I think it makes a fine introductory handmade j-blade and would probably really shine if sent to Dave or someone to give it the once-over and rehandle it. But that is just replacing the cost of buying a knife that is finished better!

    I've never had that gyuto, mind you, but from my experience with my Yanagi(which I love and use), I would consider it a great bargain! Top-of-the-bottom, as I say. I have a Tanaka and a Tojiro DP for work...I prefer to buy the top-of-the-bottom than the bottom-of-the-top!

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