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Of course, duh, that’s what everyone talks about - I may ask for a favor and send the pics your way for a second opinion - if you can indulge me
 

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Good stuff. Will do exactly that. Presume resting on a flat spot will reveal any warp effects?
Edge down. The way you describe which I assume you are thinking side down, can be informative too. Will tell you about warpage and unwanted curvature.
 

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So what's the price premium on TF Denkas with "USPs" like red handles?

How much are slightly used TF Denkas going for these days?
 

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Here's a couple of good points of reference
240 red handle. (Current retail direct $840)

270 red handle ($998)
 

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Here's a couple of good points of reference
240 red handle. (Current retail direct $840)

270 red handle ($998)
I know where to locate another perfect Denka. Hand picked and finished on naturals.

But I know for sure the owner isn’t selling it.
 

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"Perfect" means the blade road is even, the finishing is a notch higher than the typical Denka you see, and naturals were involved? Plus Western and red handle?
 

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There we go. I’ve received the photos of my Wa 210mm Denka and probably it’s gonna be shipped this week. At the very last moment I added a Nashiji petty too. That’s why shipping postponed. So on the timeline it took around one month. Gaku was gentle and tried to explain honestly. But what I understand, probably after the sharpeners changed they don’t do the comparison (like Knife A - Knife B with photos) anymore like on this thread. I tried to push Gaku for that but he kindly said this is the best pick and thank me for my understanding. I don’t think I asked extraordinary knife (basically 210mm, 55mm height, thin behind the edge, flattish profile) but I don’t know maybe I’m rookie in these negotiations. :) I’m curious other recent buyers experiences on that though. Also they accidentally put ebony handle and didn’t charge me extra. 🥰

I couldn’t see any overgrinds or anything but maybe you will. (Honestly, I wouldn’t notice it though)

So this is the knife:
214mm length, 55mm height, 178g weight
Eased/rounded/polished spine and choil
Ebony handle with saya

So one thing I need to learn is how to properly paint a wooden saya. And probably read extra carefully @ModRQC 's thread.
 

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There we go. I’ve received the photos of my Wa 210mm Denka and probably it’s gonna be shipped this week. At the very last moment I added a Nashiji petty too. That’s why shipping postponed. So on the timeline it took around one month. Gaku was gentle and tried to explain honestly. But what I understand, probably after the sharpeners changed they don’t do the comparison (like Knife A - Knife B with photos) anymore like on this thread. I tried to push Gaku for that but he kindly said this is the best pick and thank me for my understanding. I don’t think I asked extraordinary knife (basically 210mm, 55mm height, thin behind the edge, flattish profile) but I don’t know maybe I’m rookie in these negotiations. :) I’m curious other recent buyers experiences on that though. Also they accidentally put ebony handle and didn’t charge me extra. 🥰

I couldn’t see any overgrinds or anything but maybe you will. (Honestly, I wouldn’t notice it though)

So this is the knife:
214mm length, 55mm height, 178g weight
Eased/rounded/polished spine and choil
Ebony handle with saya

So one thing I need to learn is how to properly paint a wooden saya. And probably read extra carefully @ModRQC 's thread.
Congrats on a wonderful knife! As for your wishes: 55mm height might seem normal for some people here, but note that it is extraordinary for a 210mm knife - even if it was a 240mm, 55mm is taller than the average Gyuto. So this wish alone might have narrowed down the options to exactly one model, which is really nice though. As others have mentioned before, if your main interest is in using the Denka rather than collecting it, there’s no need to be worried anyway.
 

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Congrats on a wonderful knife! As for your wishes: 55mm height might seem normal for some people here, but note that it is extraordinary for a 210mm knife - even if it was a 240mm, 55mm is taller than the average Gyuto. So this wish alone might have narrowed down the options to exactly one model, which is really nice though. As others have mentioned before, if your main interest is in using the Denka rather than collecting it, there’s no need to be worried anyway.

Yes maybe this was the case, thanks I didn't think that.


You got a $120 freebie right there,
Honestly I'm so happy with that! :)
 

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Mine just arrived today - like @demirtasem, heel Height is similar but I got a 240 mm

Here are the dimensions:
56mm heel height
246 mm heel to tip
209 gm

I am waiting for @Corradobrit1’s expert perspectives on the grind factors, if any

But this is my first Denka, I have to thank all who advised me in getting to this point👍

Here are the pics - I am still bad at choil shots, but I try😔
 

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Also, this is my second lacquer handle knife 😊 - let’s see how it performs on carrots - @JML, for your reading pleasure😊
 

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Congratulations, that looks seriously good!
Also, I'm very interested to hear the 'soul factor' AKA when comparing this one's soul to the Shig as far as that is possible
 

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Mine just arrived today - like @demirtasem, heel Height is similar but I got a 240 mm

Here are the dimensions:
56mm heel height
246 mm heel to tip
209 gm

I am waiting for @Corradobrit1’s expert perspectives on the grind factors, if any

But this is my first Denka, I have to thank all who advised me in getting to this point👍

Here are the pics - I am still bad at choil shots, but I try😔
Can you get a better pic of the choil? That one you posted gives the impression it has more of a lefthanded grind.
 
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