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    Recommend me a grind - fair question?

    After some reflection guys, I think I should reign in my spending a bit, the Watanabe/Toyama/Catcheside, if I got one, would be my most expensive knife by far and I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet! I think I'll save that for later so I have something to work to. So just looking at the...
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    Recommend me a grind - fair question?

    Thanks for the Mazaki & Munetoshi suggestions, added to the list! Also thanks guys for explaining the forward balanced knives, I can def see the appeal! Sorry @McMan , I can't answer your flipped question because I don't know the answer myself! If you asked me a year ago I would have said...
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    Recommend me a grind - fair question?

    Thanks for input guys. Any other heavyweights out there I should consider along with Toyamanabe, Catcheside, Heiji, Takeda? Also is it true that generally a heavyweight knife will mean better food release because they've got a little bit more steel to play with so as to make quite an aggressive...
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    Recommend me a grind - fair question?

    You've heard it a hundred times but I'll say it too, j-knives has been the most glorious rabbit hole to fall into! Quarantine saviour. Rewind a few months ago and I was deciding on my first knife to replace my Vnox 8" and I went with the 210 Yoshikane SKD k-tip gyuto. I then decided I wanted a...
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    Help me decide in between a selection of knives

    For what it's worth, have read an abundance of comments that the Yoshi SKD is excellent, personally I don't have a single complaint apart from the k-tip looking a tiny bit fragile but I knew that from the beginning. So I'm relatively new to the whole knife obsession and I've completely fallen...
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    Help me decide in between a selection of knives

    Oh sorry team, I didn't realise Yoshikane SKD and the Konosuke were different, they look so similar! Either way, if interested in the Yoshikane I put pics up in the 'show me your latest knife' thread. May I ask what you would imagine using this new knife for that you wouldn't reach for your Toyama?
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    Show your newest knife buy

    Do you have any tips / advice? E.g. anything you would stay away from cutting? Any maintenance tips? Do you ever get nervous about that thinly tapered tip? Also quick question - how would you rate the cutting performance compared to other knives you've tried? I'm quite new to jknives and would...
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    Show your newest knife buy

    Yoshikane k-tip gyuto SKD from Cleancut (Thanks to everyone who helped me decide) Now what to do with a ridiculous amount of diced onions that I couldn’t stop myself chopping, sigh
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    Help me decide in between a selection of knives

    I was in a fairly similar position to you a few weeks ago. I went with the yoshikane skd via cleancut (konosuke ys-m). I can say that the finish is arguably nicer in real life than photos, those circular stamps in some photos look very bland but in real life it’s very elegant. I would say it...
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    Ryusen Blazen santoku: good as a care free daily driver?

    Perhaps the Takamura VG10 will suit you, it’s at a good price of €100 https://www.meesterslijpers.nl/takamura-vg-10-santoku Migaki finish also available With the price difference you can pick up a 1k stone possibly
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Wow these images are incredibly useful! Any comments on performance? Any thoughts on taper and grind?
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Ok I see, so if I got this right - essentially what we see as a Damascus finish from Japanese knives anywhere in the $200-1000 price range is as "real" a Damascus as one can get? They'll all be Sen Mai knives - Damascus steel cladded around a core steel. There's no "level above" that, until you...
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    I'm sure there are many others who can explain it better than me but from what I understand, of the many ways to get a Damascus looking knife, one of them is to forge weld (read: heat to high temp then hammer together) your core steel (SG2 in this case) in between two layers of steel, often...
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    I've been using a King combo stone on a cheap Vnox and I've always got it to an acceptable sharpness but I'm intimidated by the jump of using NP stones on a $300 blade. I'm worried it'll be like the jump from putting some crushed black pepper on your food to putting on some sliced Carolina Reapers!
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Thanks team, I went with 400-800-3000 as that seems to be the consensus! Although by the looks of things I'll focus on getting good with the 800 before I even think about using the 400/3000
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    Please help me buy a new gyuto, upgrade for my tojiro dp

    For what it's worth, I also spent the last week looking for something fairly similar, originally shortlisted a Kato or Kamo and then got persuaded by some smart folks on this forum to look at Yoshikane and never looked back. Pulled the trigger on the SKD today!
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Sorry!! there's a hefty sale going on at the EU store knivesgndtools which doesn't apply to the Shaptons, don't want to wade into this civil war!
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    Thanks for the reassurance. Incidentally, it's time to replace my stones and I've been eyeing up the Naniwa Pro 400, 800 and 3000 as my set, also using it to sharpen / restore some of my other family knives as my skill level improves. From the reading I've done apparently there's little point...
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    Yoshikane > Kato & Kamo

    oh right, got you, that makes sense! Nonetheless, if he's the only one selling it left I suppose he can charge what he wants!
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