And it’s the best value for price - super sharp OOTB and you can get them now, but maybe not in a few months - he is a maker whose knives are getting rarer and rarerI have both a Hinoura KU and Mazaki. owned a Yoshi about 9 year ago. My rec would be Mazaki, tallest knife, best blade geometry.
Huh???? Rare? He's making a thousand knives a day and he's only 17 yrs old.Best value for
And it’s the best value for price - super sharp OOTB and you can get them now, but maybe not in a few months - he is a maker whose knives are getting rarer and rarer
great knife and at below $300, hard to beat this kind of artisan craftsmanship that you get with a Mazaki - here is a 240 mm Gyuto from CKC that I got 2 weeks ago. I just used it yesterday, and it’s fantastic - amazing distal taper and has some heft
not rare as in kato - but rarer in the sense there only 2-3 sites that have any new 2020 stockHuh???? Rare? He's making a thousand knives a day and he's only 17 yrs old.
Perhaps you'd like Masashi? They've got some Yoshi influence and taller. Can also get them in a profile that doesn't look like a torpedo.I had 3 put of the 4. Yoshi was the sharpest but low heel height was undesirable to me.
Hinoura KU and Mazaki Nashiji surface finish looks very similar, i’d call them even. Mazaki spine was too thick, without the Kato grind spine to edge, it wedged in watermelon hard! My Mazaki cladding also had a puke yellow patina, gross looking. My pick among the three would be Shinoura.
owned a Yoshi about 9 year ago.
View attachment 85529Hinoura KU is really light. On my Hinoura, some of the KU has already faded, and its hard to tell the difference between KU & patina.
The Mazaki thickness is only at the spine leaving the handle. If you grab by a pinch grip, the knife feels thin, on par with the Hinoura.
the bevel on Mazaki is taller. As a result, you get less wedging.
The ichi handle on the Hinoura is nicer, but the ho on the Mazaki is not bad.
last, the Mazaki is a lot taller, making my big hands
inhave hread the same re Wakui from other fiorum membersI just got a tsuchume Wakui stainless clad white #2 240mm from K&S and I can tell you I haven't been that impressed with a knife close to that price point ever! I have knives from every maker you listed. The Wakui has beautifully rounded spine and choil. Terrific finish. Mirrored core steel. Sick grind. Super thin tip and edge. I couldn't recommend any knife higher.
This has been my experience with Mazaki as well. Picked up a new batch 240 KU gyuto from ckc and it is a very good knife. He is definitely getting better.I was very underwhelmed by my older mazaki, but I tried one of the newer ones and it was a fantastic performer, much different, much, much better.