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    Does anyone have any thoughts on Mark Richmond's new Addict's?
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    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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    The Richmond Addict production models are just shipping now, so any impressions are of the prototypes that were going around, but that's really not a good indicator of the production models.

    I have one of the unhandled prototypes that was ground by Eddy White, and it was not particularly thin behind the edge. As a result, performance suffered. It took me several hours of grinding to bring it even close to acceptable, but that's what a prototype is for. I will say that the Addict's profile is pretty nice, with a tall heel.

    I'm hoping Lamson Goodnow does a better grind on the production models. For the price, it looks to be a pretty good value.

    Rick

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    I've never used the Addict, but it looks pretty nice to me. It's made with a good, reliable steel (better than vg10 to some, worse to others).
    Mark is a smart guy and he knows what people like/want. He thought about a nice flat profile for the first, what looks to be) 3-4", and offering a nice Rosewood handle for only $20 more.
    My only concern is, I personally don't like overly tall knives and I feel 55mm would be too much for me. I have the belief that 50mm is basically perfect for a 240 gyuto, BUT others will disagree depending on their cutting style and hand size.
    I hold my knife VERY lightly, so I can get away (and love) 40mm at the heel for many knives.
    If a person prefers a Suji, I don't imagine the Addict will be up their alley, but for those who like a big, yet thin knife (think Takeda), I think the Addict looks very nice.
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    I bought one w/o a handle last Friday, got my shipping notification a few minutes ago. I'll see how I like it compared to my other knives. I had a couple of PM's with Mark and he seemed pretty happy with the results. This guy has staked his name and reputation on this knife and with this hardcore group of knife fanatics, that takes guts.

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    For me it looks like a Watanabe replica.
    And all here knows Watanabe makes hell of a knife, but is to reactive. If Mark have got the same profile and geometry as Watanabe Im sure it will be a great knife. Im looking forward to reviews, but as with all other knife reviews written by a forum member its probably the best knife in the world. Hopefully are more objective person will write a review so we for sure can tell if this is heaven or hell.

    I have no fight with Mark however, as others at KKF might have. For me Mark has always been polite and helpful, so I wish him the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Limited View Post
    I bought one w/o a handle last Friday, got my shipping notification a few minutes ago. I'll see how I like it compared to my other knives. I had a couple of PM's with Mark and he seemed pretty happy with the results. This guy has staked his name and reputation on this knife and with this hardcore group of knife fanatics, that takes guts.
    I'm looking forward to your impressions, especially regarding how thin yours is behind the edge.

    Rick

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    I spoke at length with Mark about this knife. Bottom line this guy knows knives. Took a good shape and made it out of good steel....at a great price. $170 barely covers the cost of a Stephan handle w/ shipping. This is a hell of a deal.

    Pesky

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    I spoke at length with Mark about this knife. Bottom line this guy knows knives. Took a good shape and made it out of good steel.

    Pesky
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    You get what you pay for.
    So true...if you throw out economies of scale. I'm not saying it the best knife ever, but a good dealt that price point.

    Pesky

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    Some food for thought.

    Knife making is like eating out - you can have a meal in a small restaurant ($$-$$$) or a large cafeteria ($-$$) where you have many economies of scale.

    A friend of mine (a member here) told me once something that stuck with me for the rest of my life. He said "out of three things - price, quality, and customer service, you get to choose two". So each of us decides what is important to each of us.

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