- Aug 29, 2017
- Reaction score
- Pacific Northwest
Also get a round, polished spine and choil.You could purchase from EpicEdge rather than direct. You'll pay a non trivial premium (looks like a 210 Denka is $710) but my understanding is that they do some initial QC and send back examples with major issues.
My 2c. I think a mid step between Shun (which is a good, not great gateway knife) and the Denka would be wise. I had good cutters like Carter, Ginga, Asai, Yoshikane before. The contrast with other professional knives is what makes it stand out for me.
If it were me.
Start with a stainless clad white steel knife with a wide double bevel, either Wakui, Kochi or Yoshikane. Enjoy the contrast with Shun. They all cut amazing and don't break the bank. You can learn to thin the bevel. Learn to sharpen white steel. It has the same stainless clad carbon core package the Denka has. Once you can do that for 6mo, jump to the Denka and enjoy the contrast. It'll blow you away.