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mr drinky

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I was wondering what the best value knife on the market is just from a steel perspective. I don't care if the handle/FF is below average or if I have to work on the edge a bit. I am looking a blade to grow into with some elbow-grease edge work and also worthy of handle replacement that will make it glow.

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If you can get it, the Miyabi Morimoto 8" or 10" gyuto from Amazon for 70-80 bucks going on right now. The 10" may be sold out though. I love the profile, and just got a 10 inch as my take along to another house knife.
 

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Takagi makes a 200-something dollar Honyaki which is sold at japanwoodworker which is pretty rough and ready by all accounts. I like my Sugimoto 210 (195) wa gyuto which is I'd say is untouchable in the stainless laser class.
 

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Thanks for the recs, and I forgot about those Takagi honyaki knives at JWW.

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If you can get it, the Miyabi Morimoto 8" or 10" gyuto from Amazon for 70-80 bucks going on right now. The 10" may be sold out though. I love the profile, and just got a 10 inch as my take along to another house knife.
Do I recall correctly that this series is VG10?
 

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If we're talking Miyabi, you've got to think 7000MCD line is an insane value (zdp-189, at 66HRC) and the 6000S is a very good value (German steel, to 57HRC), but not as good as the 7000D (VG10, brought to 60HRC).
to be honest, they seem to be a great buy in most of their chef knives, but not quite so much when it comes to the other styles.
 

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The Sakai Yusuke White #2 knives are awesome value. Fit and finish is pretty much perfect and they have great geometry. They aren't really rough and ready though
 

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So, am I understanding the the 600s, since it is German steel, is NOT VG10 If not, is "German" steel all we know about it? I'm sure the MCD line is a great knife but it appears to be three times+ the price of the 600s. Correct me it I'm wrong.
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's just the same old Henckels steel, but brought to a slightly harder finish. I might be wrong...
However, on cutleryandmore, the 7000MCD 8" gyuto is/was $149!
 

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Thx Lefty. If it's the same old Henckels steel, why is it any better than a....well...Henckels. ;-)
 

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Easy!
1) No finger guard
2) Profile
3) Morimoto personally blesses each knife with eel blood
 

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That was supposed to be 3) :D
 

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Takagi makes a 200-something dollar Honyaki which is sold at japanwoodworker which is pretty rough and ready by all accounts. I like my Sugimoto 210 (195) wa gyuto which is I'd say is untouchable in the stainless laser class.
beautiful knife, but it needs quite a few hours of work. Even after 10-15 hours of work, I'm still getting wedging issues with carrots. Potatoes are completely fine though
 

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I have a couple of Tanaka aoniko damascus knives, with buffalo horn/ho wood handles, they were less than $80 a piece shipped. They just need a little work with sandpaper, and some time on the stones; they hold an edge longer than my shironiko knives, a pretty good value I think.

How are the Takagi honyaki knives, I might need to get one of the 300mm yanagiba.
 

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4) Geometry
Thanks, Andrew. I have half dozen Japanese knives and a couple three Western knive with no obnoxious bolster, so I sorta knew that, but the eel blood aspect really piques my interest. ;-)
 
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