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    Konosuke Kaiju

    The Hitohira website has it out of stock but at almost $1k US. Hitohira Tanaka Kyuzo Vintage Swedish Carbon Limited Migaki Gyuto 240mm Ziricote Handle
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    Agreed with that. I'm just saying to call it a knock off is unfair. If it is the same level of workmanship, by the same people, which they all in my opinion more or less are, at least the ones which share the same sharpener and smith. The apprenticing system teaches you, to in many ways copy...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    If its the same craftsman, or same lineage, not sure that's a fair analogy. Konosuke didn't exactly invent the steel, or own exclusive rights to the Smith or sharpener on the line. The original Fujiyama sharpener has worked on other lines with Tanaka too, with designs very damn similar to the...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    Disagree, I'd assume it is. There was quite a bit of stuff at the time. There's a high degree of incestuousness inside the Sakai knife making... cartel? I get the strong impression that there is significant overlap with the craftsmen with Konosuke and Hitohira in particular.
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    I think there can be some variations in his blades. My Tsubaya significantly less beefy than my dads, and we bought ours at the exact same time, but his is taller and thicker. I find the same with TFs. Only two I have experience with multiple blades of the same model, but I think for normal...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    I feel like it depends on the smith. Yoshikazu Tanaka can forge a **** ton of it, considering the output and he's making other stuff, I am not sure that many failures. He's got the Fujis, the Kagekiyos, the Hitohiras, the Tsubayas, the JNS line, and I know I'm missing a few. I do guess for...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    Isn't the whole point of this knife costing 600+ dollars is all of them have that attention to detail with polishing and no flat spots? I personally would feel pretty ripped off if I bought one regardless of steel and it did. If its minor minor aesthetics that would vanish after a few uses, I...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    True, but assuming a normal distribution between the hardness of all knives in both, there is an equal luck of the draw you get two knives with the exact same hardness, no? 200 bucks seems steep, though I do prefer the buffalo handles. On the other hand could probably just buy one separately...
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    1 point is that significant? I think I read it goes up per point the higher, but didn't realize 1 is a huge variation.
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    Konosuke Kaiju

    How noticeable will Blue 2 vs Blue 1 be? Has anyone used both of his? This is the first one I've been tempted in a while because I feel like it will feel 'different'. I have 2 Y Tanaka's both in Blue 1, the Tsubaya and a Fujiyama mukimono. Very happy with both, will it seem like a noticeable...
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    Carter's Honest Edge Ranch

    Two questions: 1) Do we get to do the Dundee knife line at the end of the forging process? 2) Do we get to fight a crocodile with said knife to prove our anatomical adequacy?
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    Carter's Honest Edge Ranch

    Falling within the urbanite demographic here, I'm not at all against learning to shoot. But its more the 'tactical' addition that leaves a poor taste in my mouth, where it feels like we're practicing to shoot people not deer. He'd be much better off if advertising to the demographic taking off...
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    Kono Fujiyama FT Sharpener Revealed?

    I thought it was a fairly open secret they were the same sharpener...
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    Your home knives

    That's not funny.
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    mazaki knives

    Not in my experience. I've had one since 2017 or 18... can't remember, when Yoshihiro first got them, and probably the least fade of any of my finish, I think part of that reason is because the surface is so textured your not going to have a huge amount of surface area. Granted its gone...
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    Tanaka Yoshikazu from JNS

    Tanaka's a Sakai smith. Grind, sharpening, handle fits, polishing are someone else's problem.
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    French/German profile gyuto

    Chelsea Miller has a big curve, plus you can get a lemon grater on the side, with only mild tetanus risk!
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    Are Long J Knives hard to use?

    I think it depends on a number of factors. 1) What is your grip? I have one 270 (gyuto... not counting yanagibas and sujihikis). My brother has adopted it and he has a two finger on the blade pinch grip and loves it. My moderate pinch grip, its a bit long a lot of times though not unusable...
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    Tanaka Yoshikazu from JNS

    Isn't he continuing to sell the exact same grind Tanaka in Damascus Blue 1, for full price? I wouldn't think it'd be in his economic interest to let a bunch of really shoddy blades go if the Damascus inventory has the same sharpener. Could well be the case the white inventory just isn't moving...
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    Diabetes

    The problem is, there are many places where its significantly less economical to eat healthy unprocessed foods. Food giants have something to do with that. People like me, who have a decent salary, live in a middle or upper middle income neighborhood, can afford in both time and money fresh...
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