Can I ask what people's favorite stainless lasers are again? I'm a home cook and enjoy a lighter knife and simple vegetable work, so I enjoy stainless lasers.
So @akafat got me all excited about the Takada No Hamono Suiboku Ginsan that I pinged Syoukon Hamono to grab one to try out. When a non-laser guy keeps telling you about his favorite laser, you listen. (I'm normally too lazy to take photos but he got me all excited.)
I need to find time to write down my thoughts (I had wanted to maintain a blog for this but life happens), but the short of it is that the Takada is amazing. It's the lightest "240" gyuto I have at 142 grams (might be a fluke, @akafat's is 160 grams) and it glides through product. I tried chopping a small onion into thin rings to saute, for example. The mirror finish is also beautiful, and you have to love that wavy line (that won't be covered by patina). I'm looking forward to playing with this for a few days.
The Takada is up there with my favorite laser, the Raicho No Ren R2 (from Tower Knives Japan). It's just a very different laser, also with a great finish, having a full 240mm blade length, and weighing about 215 grams (nice, heavier ebony handle).
In the photo:
- Shibata Kotetsu R2 240
- Suisin Inox Honyaki 270
- Takada No Hamono Suiboku Ginsan 240
- Myojin R2 240 (yes, with the Homebutcher resin handle I don't particularly like)
- Raicho No Ren R2 240
I've tried a bunch of stainless lasers and lighter knives that are not strictly lasers, such as Yu and Makoto Kurosaki (I should have added Makoto to the photo, oops). I also like lighter stainless non-lasers, and the Tanaka Ironwood is one of my favorites. I also like lighter stainless knives from Western makers such as Will Newham and Alex Horn (though Will is actually in the East not the West...)
I think I've stocked up on enough stainless lasers that I'll have fun trying everything over the next few months, but happy to check if I've missed any must-tries. Still a few weeks to complete the 2021 bucket list, right?