I have a NOS Minamoto and a old Masamoto HC 270, and they are much more nimble than modern ones I've seen. Don't know if that's a general tendency to make larger yo's today heavier, but wouldn't be surprised.
True, but hardly noticeable. My Misono 240 30 years ago had much more flex, still without being a problem. Today's Misono not at all.I assume the Minamoto has some amount of flex, specially near the tip. Do you find it excessive of too noticeable in use? I’m about to buy one of those, just wondering if it feels too flimsy on the board.
ooh I like this... slightly undersized to boot.My vote goes to a 270mm Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan HAP-40 Series Wa-Gyuto. I've enjoyed it so much that I grabbed a matching 210mm (See Below.) It's amazing how long these knives keep a freaky-sharp edge. HRC is 68.
The one at the top is a 270mm Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan ZDP-189 Wa-Kiritsuke. HRC is 65.
I love my vintage Canadian style K-Sab, also 11”. Great size for a vintage Sab IMO, plenty length for a gradual distal taper, generous flat spot and height.
Agreed 100%. The size is perfect for a large knife. Mine is right around 280 x 55 with nice distal taper and an enormous flat spot. The heel is chunky enough to smash through chicken bones but the tip is relatively nimble. if I had my druthers, I would have the bolster removed and harden up the heat treatment… but the big bolster and soft carbon are so iconic to the vintage Sab experience that I’m not really complaining.
Here’s mine sandwiched between the Sukenari 270 and my old freakshow 300mm Takeda.
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