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    100 Year Old Knives



    Sneak peak!!!

    We just got pictures of 100 year old Masamoto knives!! I have a few more pictures of the knives, but I think we're going to use those in the Korin knife catalog. I just wanted to give KKF a preview.

    They look like they were used to death.

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    Wow lots of great meals must have been prepared with them. Mari what is written on the handles?

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    Isn't that cool? Look how thin they are. I've seen knives like that before, apparently used consistently for 20 years if you can believe. I'm curious why the one handle, second from the left, has become hour-glass shaped. I also like how normal they look, with the kanji on the blades same as today, and dark ferrules with lighter wood handles. Classic and elegant.

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    The one on the very right says: Atami's Chef Association - Donated by Mr. Tsukada Ippaku
    Second on the right: Japanese Culinary Association's Instructor - Donated by Teacher Hara Isamu (we think)
    The one on the left: Akiyama Ichitarou

    We can't make out the rest, but I'll ask Mr. Hirano (Masamoto Sohonten president) tomorrow when I see him at the Gohan event.

    @Cutty Sharp - The knife was just used to that point of handle deformation. Isn't that awesome? I find it amazing how well maintained it is, even if its 100 years old!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Korin_Mari View Post
    @Cutty Sharp - The knife was just used to that point of handle deformation. Isn't that awesome? I find it amazing how well maintained it is, even if its 100 years old!
    Absolutely. Must be a sign of being well-made, but also well-cared for.

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    wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutty Sharp View Post
    Isn't that cool? Look how thin they are. I've seen knives like that before, apparently used consistently for 20 years if you can believe. I'm curious why the one handle, second from the left, has become hour-glass shaped. I also like how normal they look, with the kanji on the blades same as today, and dark ferrules with lighter wood handles. Classic and elegant.
    The handle is worn down from scrubbing it clean.

    Looks like those have been sharpened once or twice..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEoRy View Post
    The handle is worn down from scrubbing it clean. Looks like those have been sharpened once or twice..
    Must be, but it's tough to imagine how many times that's been scrubbed and sharpened, up to the point where the owner might have thought, jeez, my knife is starting to look wierd now.

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