Carrot wedge test

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    Got bored last night so I thought I would cut up a medium carrot with to see how they wedge. I have a good selection of knives from different makers in different steels to play with. In order of appearance:

    Mazaki (White 2) 210mm
    Morihei Hisamoto (White 1) 210mm (TF)
    Wat Pro (Blue 2) 240mm
    Heiji (Swedish Carbon) 230mm
    Tsubaya Tanaka (Blue 1) 210mm
    Kochi (V2) 225mm - this is when I giggled because I've been thinning this knife for days
    Heiji (Swedish Carbon) 180mm nakiri
    Wat Special (White 2) 180mm nakiri

    Now, ignoring my poor techniques (this is why I was wearing a cutting glove), I thought the knives performed alright. The best cutters were Wat gyuto (duh) and Heiji nakiri (pretty surprising).

    I really want to find some larger carrots to do this again. It was fun. What else do you guys use as a wedging test?

    EDIT: Here's another one with the Wats and Heijis on some sweet potatoes, in case the new post gets eaten up
     
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    my custom wat pro i had is probably the best grind i've ever used. it's too bad i didnt care for the steel or it would have definitely been a keeper for me.

    cutting carrots is only one ingredient, hehe. i need a heiji carbon 240 in my kit someday the steel is too freaking good not to own one.
     
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    Wat and Toyama are perfect stock making gyutos. They move through carrots and celery without wedging or resistance.
     
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    Funny enough I was testing my TF 165 Nakiri (W#1 with soft iron cladding) on a slightly bigger carrot over the weekend. No cracking or wedging whatsoever. Totally impressed with the edge and grind.
    btw I'd recommend a bigger board :)
     
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    Nice video! I just smiled when the wat went through. That’s how I want life to be. Smooth, without resistence and effortless! Both nakiris looked awesome too.
    And yes, I tend to test on carrots. They’re hard but not too hard. Sweet potato, some types of pumpkin and Swedish turnip are generally too hard to reveal much (to me at least). Easily becomes false negatives
     
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    I enjoyed. Thank you.

    Try potatoes and your preferred thicker squash.
     
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    i find cutting celery length wise is a better wedge test. most knives suck at this task
     
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    Celery tests are interesting. So many knives suck at good uniform celery cuts.
     
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    Celery test depends heavily on the position of it on the board. If the curve goes up, the cut portions end up being pushed into the knife as if the knife were a keystone, which makes just about any knife wedge. If you flip it over, you'll have very little trouble.
     
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    Happened to me too [emoji4].

    Thanks for the video, was a joy to watch.
     
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    This is true. But I only cut curved side down. You can use things like ginga, tad, kochi or wakui whatever other thin knife that normally goes through dense food with ease. Watoyama just happens to do it almost as well with added food release.
     
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    I keep telling myself to order one, then decide not to wait 4 months.

    4 months later I have the same thought....
     
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    Sweet potatoes are good and you get to stay in the orange colored food range.

    or go crazy and find some purple sweet potatoes
     
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    Yeah, I don't use the Wat much since it's my longest knife, and I keep buying more stuff after I got it, but boy the knife does put a smile on my face.

    Celery sounds interesting, but then I'll end up with a bunch of celery :(

    Whole Foods carries all kinds of crazy sweet potatoes, so this is an idea I'll explore!
     
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    @CiderBear I can take that wat off your hands for a shamefully low price any day of the week!
     
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    Your Heiji Nakiri looks like my Wat Pro B#2 Nakiri and that knife falls through carrots.
     
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    Congrats cider, you almost tricked me into thinking I need a heiji nakiri.
     
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    You can pry it from my cold dead hands
    Tbh I was really really surprised how well the Heiji nakiri cuts, given how thick and profound the wide bevel is.
    You won't regret it. It's the furthest thing from a Wat Pro nakiri, and it's not a bad thing.
    Also, since I know you too well: he won't make it officially longer than 180mm. Officially.
     
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    It's because the Shinogi is tall, that's how I ordered my 210 gyuto
     
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    Heiji Nakiri FTW !
     
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    Ahhh, now that I've owned most the gyutos I want to own for the foreseeable future, I want to shift to nakiris.

    Must. Resist.
     
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    And Yanagi's, Usuba's, Honkatsu's, Honesuki's, Sujihiki's and Deba's......and and and....









    And theeennnnnnn?
     
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    Nah, nothing single bevel for me.
     
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    Your "medium" carrots give my carrots girth envy. Nice video.
     
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    So Petties, Paring, Nakiri's and Sujihiki's, got it ;)
     
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    yeah that nikiri did slice through the most smoothest.
     
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    You're the only women i see have so many knife, that's really cool.
     
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    Unfortunately for me, I never got to cross paths with @TheCaptain when she was active. I would've loved to be friends with her, and I'm sure she owns a lot more knives than I do.
     
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    @Lucretia has a fabulous collection!!
     
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    Loved her profile pic
     

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