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    New member: Suji advice wanted

    Hey all, I am a longtime spectator in this forum, and finally joined and am now writing my first post. I am a very enthusiastic home cook with excellent knife skills (for a home cook but not a chef) and a keen knife obsession. I'm looking for a suji in the 240mm-270mm size range. Definitely want a carbon blade as I love patina but I don't yet own a carbon knife. Other details below. Happy to read another post if someone can point me in the right direction.

    What type of knife(s) do you think you want? suji 240-270mm. Maybe a Masamoto HC or Misono Sweden, but open to recommendations.

    Why is it being purchased? What, if anything, are you replacing? I will be phasing out a Henckles pro S

    What do you like and dislike about these qualities of your knives already?
    Aesthetics- want high carbon, love patina
    Edge Quality/Retention- I want thin and something with high sharpness potential
    Ease of Use- don't mind sharpening, but want something that will attain a very sharp edge
    Comfort- bigish hands, want a comfortable European handle

    What grip do you use? slicer grip generally for this knife, with index finger along top of blade

    What kind of cutting motion do you use? slicing
    Where do you store them? in-drawer knife block

    Have you ever oiled a handle? yes

    What kind of cutting board(s) do you use? boardsmith maple
    For edge maintenance, do you use a strop, honing rod, pull through/other, or nothing? ceramic honing rod for lesser knives, just getting into whet stone sharpening

    Have they ever been sharpened? yes

    What is your budget? unlimited, although don't think i should need to spend >$250-300

    What do you cook and how often? I cook/slice everything, daily

    Special requests(Country of origin/type of wood/etc)? Japanese, comfortable handle

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    Senior Member chinacats's Avatar
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    Welcome CapnKick!
    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Senior Member Benuser's Avatar
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    You may go, very seriously, for the Fujiwara FKH, thin, relatively stiff. Holds a great edge once you've removed the factory one. Costs some $75. Of course a Misono Swedish or a Hiromoto AS will be great.
    By the way: go for a 270mm. The longer, the better, but you don't want too much flex nor a thick one.

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    Masamoto KS Gyuto

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    Senior Member eaglerock's Avatar
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    Yoshikane V2 270mm suji from Maxim is a beast

    Misono dragon is a very good choice too

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    Thanks for the great advice everyone - sounds like I really can't go wrong with these suggestions!

    Will do a little comparison research and see where I end up.

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    The incredibly sophisticated Boise, ID <g>

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    Senior Member Chefdog's Avatar
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    I was looking for similar advice and got some great help. Check here for some more info:
    And welcome aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chefdog View Post
    I was looking for similar advice and got some great help. Check here for some more info:
    And welcome aboard.
    Thanks Chefdog, that's a great discussion

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    Senior Member Cadillac J's Avatar
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    I would ask Jon if he can get a White#2 version of the Gesshin Ginga in whatever size you want -- they are available with wa handles, but I'm sure he might be able to do a special order?

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