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Some ARM options for the weight conscious

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I've got some fresh arm steel but idk what I'm going to build out of it. At first I thought about a Nakiri.... But I've got 14c28n in 90mm 🤔 that's a good cleaver size imo! Hm..... My tendency is more to a cleaver because....it's a cleaver! We'll see
 
I've been using nakiris a lot over the past few months. Almost exclusively as a main knife. I really enjoy them.

So, with ARM not too far off, I've shuffled the starting roster a bit. A couple nakiri went to the reserve bench and my Munetoshi 210 gyuto and Homi 165 sanotku took their spots. I mean, there's still a couple nakiris in there. I'm not a full blown masochist. 😝

I'm going to try not using my nakiris that much for the next couple weeks. Months? The idea being to both see how I like the pointies now after not using them too much and to really enjoy ARM.
 
ARM was really nice last year since I had 4 rectangles, and only used/liked 3, so it was also a nice time to really dial in knives. Now with 5 rectangles and another cleaver and nakiri on the way it will be a little more diluted, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.

I brought a 210 with me for the holidays and do wish I had brought a nakiri instead.
 
ARM was really nice last year since I had 4 rectangles, and only used/liked 3, so it was also a nice time to really dial in knives. Now with 5 rectangles and another cleaver and nakiri on the way it will be a little more diluted, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless.
Facing a similar problem, last ARM I put on a severe restriction: no cleavers, only Nakiris. It helped me get to know my Nakiris thoroughly, instead of just falling back on cleavers, which I use all the time.

I'm still thinking about what restrictions to put on for this year. I sorted out my Nakiri preferences so thoroughly that what I really have is one Nakiri that is all the Nakiris I need, having figured out that if a non-petty knife is going to be short. it had better be heavy. So my thick-spined, wide bevel Nakiri is in for sure, while the others sit in storage, waiting for me to sell them. I'll take a look through, and see if I should include any of them, in the hopes of rekindling an affection.

Cleavers are a whole other issue. Like you, I fear dilution of the experience. Having a choice from among, what is it now, 15? cleavers, is just what I refer to as a weekday. So the answer is to select a limited subset. Probably one small, one large, and one at chicken-bone-chopping heft in reserve, just in case I need that.
 
Facing a similar problem, last ARM I put on a severe restriction: no cleavers, only Nakiris. It helped me get to know my Nakiris thoroughly, instead of just falling back on cleavers, which I use all the time.

I'm still thinking about what restrictions to put on for this year. I sorted out my Nakiri preferences so thoroughly that what I really have is one Nakiri that is all the Nakiris I need, having figured out that if a non-petty knife is going to be short. it had better be heavy. So my thick-spined, wide bevel Nakiri is in for sure, while the others sit in storage, waiting for me to sell them. I'll take a look through, and see if I should include any of them, in the hopes of rekindling an affection.

Cleavers are a whole other issue. Like you, I fear dilution of the experience. Having a choice from among, what is it now, 15? cleavers, is just what I refer to as a weekday. So the answer is to select a limited subset. Probably one small, one large, and one at chicken-bone-chopping heft in reserve, just in case I need that.

What is your "one" nakiri that you settled on?

ARM would be a great time to give the others another chance and then list the ones that don't make it. A little ARM BST love. :)
 
Facing a similar problem, last ARM I put on a severe restriction: no cleavers, only Nakiris. It helped me get to know my Nakiris thoroughly, instead of just falling back on cleavers, which I use all the time.

I'm still thinking about what restrictions to put on for this year. I sorted out my Nakiri preferences so thoroughly that what I really have is one Nakiri that is all the Nakiris I need, having figured out that if a non-petty knife is going to be short. it had better be heavy. So my thick-spined, wide bevel Nakiri is in for sure, while the others sit in storage, waiting for me to sell them. I'll take a look through, and see if I should include any of them, in the hopes of rekindling an affection.

Cleavers are a whole other issue. Like you, I fear dilution of the experience. Having a choice from among, what is it now, 15? cleavers, is just what I refer to as a weekday. So the answer is to select a limited subset. Probably one small, one large, and one at chicken-bone-chopping heft in reserve, just in case I need that.
There's a possibility of "1 knife April" 👀
 
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