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  1. Kirk Stonick

    180mm gyuto recommendation as gift for mom

    Good tip! Most of those mentioned don't meet my criteria, but someone brought up Kurosaki Shizuku R2 180mm, which looks promising!
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    180mm gyuto recommendation as gift for mom

    I've seen both of those knives praised a fair amount on these forums, but the "clad" look is the thing that she is most excited about, so monosteels are out
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    180mm gyuto recommendation as gift for mom

    I've been considering that one too, though I'm wary of getting her a laser since she does some rock chopping and lateral motion, even if it is pretty gentle.
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    180mm gyuto recommendation as gift for mom

    My mom commented on how much she likes my knives and we got to talking about Christmas presents... She's got functional knives, but is hoping for something beautiful and comfortable. LOCATION USA KNIFE TYPE What type of knife are you interested in (e.g., chef’s knife, slicer, boning knife...
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    Anyone familiar with Takayuki TUS?

    Good catch. It sure does look like it. I'll give one of the shops a call and find out.
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    Anyone familiar with Takayuki TUS?

    Last weekend I checked out a couple of my local knife shops here in Portland, OR and I saw that they both carried this line of Takayuki TUS knives. The service people at both shops said they thought highly of the knives for the price point and preferred them to Tojiros for entry level Japanese...
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    Upcoming China visit. Anyone know the market there?

    Interesting. I'll have to check those out.
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    Upcoming China visit. Anyone know the market there?

    Oh, good to know! Maybe I'll just buy the CCK and not risk losing my knives to the Chinese police...
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    Upcoming China visit. Anyone know the market there?

    I'll be in the Shanghai area for a week this October. I'm a probably lower intermediate-level home cook who is new to the world of Asian knives. I know that I want a cheap-ish Chinese cleaver, and have decided that instead of buying a CCK now, I'll wait and buy something in China. I'm hoping for...
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    Help me understand my knife better

    I got mine from K&S. I have only a little sharpening experience so I was nervous to put it to a stone, but I decided to try sharpening it on my Shapton pro 2000 this weekend, and it turned out to be by far the best sharpening job I've ever done. The first time I've gotten a knife sharp enough to...
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    Help me understand my knife better

    Ahh, good to know. The knife arrived sharp, but no sharper than other new knives as far as I could tell. My sharpening skills are such that I can get my knives to a similar level of sharpness, but I imagine I'll need more practice before I'll be able to make this knife really shine.
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    Help me understand my knife better

    Not yet. Trying to change from rocking cuts to push cuts, so of course I'm a little slow at the moment.
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    Help me understand my knife better

    I recently bought a knife that's better than my skill level: A 240mm Tanaka Ginsan Nashiji. I've used it quite a bit these past couple weeks and have enjoyed it, though there's a little bit of a learning curve. And I've showed it off to some friends, who like the look, but wonder about what...
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    Feedback on plans for beginner whetstones

    I like that hotel pan and 2x4 idea. Think I'll copy you.
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    Feedback on plans for beginner whetstones

    Thanks for the help all. I opted for Atoma 140, Shapton 500, Pro 1k and Pro 2k (little over my preferred budged, but seems like a good plan)
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