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Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by Carl Kotte, Jun 26, 2019.
Are you sure about that? (If you are, we might have a reason to make the list shorter!)
Haven’t seen these listed yet:
Mmm mmm mmm, good!
Heiji carbon or semistainless: such a crispy edge and cutting feel, great food release, really even blade faces and little overgrind
Fujiwara Teruyasu: super hard steel, easy to sharpen, a bit brittle, really sharp but feedback can be a bit sterile sometimes
Ashi Hamono Ginga: any laser will do, really, though. Great fit and finish full-package mid-cost J-knife.
Oh, and BTW, if death seems an awfully long time to wait, there is also the possibility of changing the heading into ’A 100 knives to try before you DIY!’
I'm on Rader's list and Bloodroot's list at the moment. I'm a NW native and excited for Rader. Excited for Bloodroot too, but it's 4 years out.
I thought my Don Nguyen was a little wedgy, but that may just be me. The overall package is stunning.
Edit: Don Nguyen paring knife, bought very early in his career, and before I knew up from down in the knife world.
What a great list so far! I’d like to add Kamon knives and Grimm Knife Co to the pile as well!
Another cheap option from Ikea:
I get to use this knife once a week at a regular cook-up/dinner with a friend of mine who also is a passionate cook. The knife has a bit more belly than I like, but it is nice to use regardless, and made with VG-10 steel. At USD 40.00 or so, it's really good value for money.
And - most importantly - it is Swedish! (I know I know, it is not made in Sweden, but still!). Sweden brings you Dalman and IKEA straight on top of the list!
Any Burke; everyone should use a Burke at least once- magic!
I would also add:
Rader, Maumasi (nice S grind), Lisch (both David and Andrea)
Tsukasa Hinoura, Shigefusa, Ikeda mizu honyaki, and Kumagoro honyaki
And since this is a before-one-dies list and not particularly focused on affordability, then a true hand-made Kramer.
Bob Kramer original
Oldskool Sabatier chef knives
And some usual suspects already mentioned!
How’s the compilation going?
So, here is the spectacular list you have been waiting for. Or not really. For a list promising to contain 100 remarkable (or notable) knives, it is surprisingly short at the moment. Let us consider it a work in project. Please add, correct, improve, etc. etc.
A hundred dies to knife before you fry – in something like an alphabetical order.
1. Blenheim Forge
2. Blok Knives
4. Jim Burke
5. Murray Carter Funayuki
6. Catcheside Gyuto
7. CCK a) Carbon Kau Kong Chopper, b) 1303
8. Comet Honyaki
9. Robin Dalman Gyuto S-Grind
11. Fingal Ferguson
12. Teruyasu Fujiwara Denka
13. Gengetsu Gyuto
14. Gesshin Ittetsy Honyaki Gyuto
15. Grimm Knife Company
16. Gude Bread Sword
18. Halcyonforge Gyuto
19. Ashi Hamono Ginga
22. Heiji Semi-stainless
23. Tsukasa Hinoura
24. Ikea Briljera
25. Ikeda Mizu Honyaki
26. Mario Ingoglia
27. Jikko Akebono Gyuto 240
28. Kagekiyo Blue # 1 Gyuto
29. Benjamin Kamon
30. Kato a) STD Gyuto, b) Yoshiaki Fujiwara, c) Sujihiki
33. Kochi a) Stainless clad, b) V2
34. Konosuke Fujiyama (preferably old, and wide bevel) or Gyuto 240 White Steel # 1
35. Shibata Kotetsu
36. Bob Kramer
37. Kumagoro Honyaki
38. Tilman Leder Inox
39. Andrea Lisch
40. David Lisch
41. Mac Pro Series
42. Dave Martell
44. Masamoto KS
45. Masashi SLD
48. Chelsea Miller Gyuto
49. Misono Dragon
50. Mizuno Honyaki
51. Munethoshi a) Cleaver, b) Gyuto, c) Butcher
52. Murata Blue # 1
53. Don Ngyuen
55. Dan Prendergast
56. Brian Raquin a) Gyuto, b) Mini cleaver/Big Nakiri
57. Michael Rader
58. Sabatier a) Nogent handled pre 1939, b) Old carbon
59. Sakai Takayuki Ginsanko
60. Takeshi Saji
61. Shigefusa Gyuto
62. Takamura Pro Gyuto
63. Takeda Gyuto
64. Tanaka a) Blue Steel # 2, b) Gyuto
66. Togashi Honyaki Blue Steel Gyuto
67. Tosagata Bunka
69. Toyama a) Iron Clad, b) Guyto 270, c) Nakiri 210
71. Shinichi Watanabe a) Kasumi Guyto, b) KU Gyuto, c) Nakiri
73. Yoshikane Black Damascus SLD
74. Zwilling Kramer
Nice work, Carl!
How in tbe world is Mert Tansu not on this list?
Also the new fujiyama fms should easily be on here. They are really, really good.
I'll add kono ys and mazaki.
Mert has to be on the list for sure. Billipp has not been mentioned, yet.
Also Marius Smide and Evan Antzenberger.
And Tilman does not only excel in Niolox.
Thanks! Good to know that it is appreciated!
Great suggestions! Please (if you would be so kind) copy-paste the list and add these manually!
I would like to add Watanabe Honyaki Gyoto. Just amazing and below 1K usd in a standard build. Custom things might bring the price just above 1K.
I made a spreadsheet but cannot upload it (does allow extension). Can anyone help with that or do I need to link via google ?
The link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15aL4qAPUrLqbG0fEcHdtanUW0ZqBl94X?usp=sharing
There is a lot of info missing (I don't know what to input) so if anyone wants to chime in feel free.
Do you think we should also add columns with clad/mono type, stainless/carbon or what else you think important?
Wat honyaki is out of production unfortunately and anyone selling used is probably going at 1k and above now by my guessing. Amazing knife though.
Hey, this was excellent! Thank you very much @gstriftos!
Devin definitely needs a spot IMO and I personally feel Ian Rogers / Haburn Knives should be there as well ... Many of Jon's wares could find a place - the Kagekiyo line being one of the most obvious ...
Very nice work Carl!
Assuming #48 is a joke, that's a pretty good list.
Pretty good? It should be great! Care to improve it? And no, 48 is an absolute must.
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