If you can only choose ONE blacksmith/hamono/maker/brand ....

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by Xenif, Aug 19, 2019.

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums by donating:

  1. Aug 20, 2019 #31

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,132
    I get my cheese graters at Ikea
     
  2. Aug 20, 2019 #32

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,132
    Maumasi
     
  3. Aug 20, 2019 #33

    flying hippo

    flying hippo

    flying hippo

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2019
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    Indiana, USA
    I did not know this person so I googled and watched one of her vids.

    Then I checked out her website and found this:

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD!!?!?!?
     
    M1k3 and McMan like this.
  4. Aug 20, 2019 #34

    Ivang

    Ivang

    Ivang

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2016
    Messages:
    349
    Yoshikane
     
    khashy likes this.
  5. Aug 20, 2019 #35

    bahamaroot

    bahamaroot

    bahamaroot

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,233
    Another one of these "If you could only have one" threads.....[​IMG]
     
    M1k3, Talim and labor of love like this.
  6. Aug 20, 2019 #36

    McMan

    McMan

    McMan

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2018
    Messages:
    827
    Thanks. I didn't know this. Mareko seems like a cool guy. His work is in the "I will never get to try this" basket for me.
     
  7. Aug 20, 2019 #37

    Customfan

    Customfan

    Customfan

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,520
    Not an easy one....

    Probably Y.Tanaka or Kato.... lots of great smiths out there...

    Have always been impressed by Toyama for instance and as of late I find Jiro’s work impressive as well... just loove the blade I got from him...

    Sorry, cant limit myself to just one!

    Ohh wait..... Genkai...., ;-)
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2019
    BoostedGT likes this.
  8. Aug 20, 2019 #38

    Barmoley

    Barmoley

    Barmoley

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2016
    Messages:
    1,220
    It’s all just a variation on which is best, asked slightly differently. We all seem to try to find the ultimate knife to rule them all. At the same time most realize that such a thing doesn’t exist, and I for one am glad, what would I waste my time and money on if I found the perfect knife.....
     
    Carl Kotte likes this.
  9. Aug 20, 2019 #39

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,132
    You could always buy multiples. Seems like a popular hobby for some people.
     
  10. Aug 20, 2019 #40

    GorillaGrunt

    GorillaGrunt

    GorillaGrunt

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2016
    Messages:
    738
    Maybe Raquin - I’ve got a small handful of knives that are more expensive but my one instance of his work is my current best performer. But also maybe Martell - not far behind and the edge on his stainless lasts longer with just stropping than anything else I’ve got. Then maybe Watanabe - he makes so many different styles, not just petty gyuto suji bunka but the single bevels, the butchery knives, etc.
     
    Dave Martell likes this.
  11. Aug 20, 2019 #41

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,175
    Technically the forum ran out of cool new stuff to talk about early 2018. We’ve just been regurgitating the same talking points but under new thread names since then.
     
  12. Aug 20, 2019 #42

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,480
    If Japanese, Toyama/Watanabe
    If Western, Xerxes
     
  13. Aug 20, 2019 #43

    vitreous

    vitreous

    vitreous

    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2019
    Messages:
    16
    Location:
    London
    From the few blades I've handled (don't own any), probably Hoss.
     
    bahamaroot likes this.
  14. Aug 20, 2019 #44

    Eloh

    Eloh

    Eloh

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2015
    Messages:
    161
    +1
     
  15. Aug 20, 2019 #45

    lowercasebill

    lowercasebill

    lowercasebill

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    291
    TF or Heiji. I like the way they look, sharpen and cut.
     
    Xenif and Elliot like this.
  16. Aug 20, 2019 #46

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    323
    Only one knifemaker ? for sure Chelsea Miller! No questions there.... (is there another option ? )

    I would choose her! for sure ! Sorry i don `t like male`s in a 1 on 1 situation ;) .... With one knifemaker on one island ? Yep Chelsea would be the right one ;) .

    Greets Sebastian.
     
    childermass, Carl Kotte and kayman67 like this.
  17. Aug 20, 2019 #47

    mack

    mack

    mack

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2017
    Messages:
    112
    Benjamin Kamon. No doubt. And maybe Xerxes.

    Mack.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2019 #48
    I would just make the knives myself :D

    Seriously, there are so many makers I would be more than happy with. But wouldn't i be boring to have all knives from just one maker? ;)

    Still - if forced to pick one - I would probably go with Bryan. He is a funny guy and makes pretty OK knives :p
     
  19. Aug 20, 2019 #49

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    Messages:
    1,146
    Ah man forgot about Mizuno. Good choice!!!
     
    CiderBear likes this.
  20. Aug 20, 2019 #50

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,175
    @ashy2classy if you have an itch to scratch koki is about to drop some cool Mizs in 2-3 weeks
     
    ThinMan and CiderBear like this.
  21. Aug 20, 2019 #51

    bahamaroot

    bahamaroot

    bahamaroot

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2013
    Messages:
    1,233
    I hear they make some good shoes and golf clubs too...:D
     
    Customfan likes this.
  22. Aug 20, 2019 #52

    CiderBear

    CiderBear

    CiderBear

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2019
    Messages:
    349
    Location:
    United States
    Which Mizu would you guys recommend? :D
     
  23. Aug 20, 2019 #53

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,175
    Im chasing dx non suminagashi line....wh2 honyaki for the win if your bank account allows it.
     
  24. Aug 20, 2019 #54

    cheflarge

    cheflarge

    cheflarge

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,646
    Location:
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    HHH....... Have you seen any of his latest work? Nuff said!
     
    bahamaroot likes this.
  25. Aug 20, 2019 #55

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,132
    Do you know if these will be sanmai or honyaki?
     
  26. Aug 20, 2019 #56

    CiderBear

    CiderBear

    CiderBear

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2019
    Messages:
    349
    Location:
    United States
  27. Aug 20, 2019 #57

    Carl Kotte

    Carl Kotte

    Carl Kotte

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2019
    Messages:
    707
    Location:
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I was going to give her my vote. She seems to be consistent, and you know what you get buying from her.
     
    labor of love likes this.
  28. Aug 20, 2019 #58

    GoodMagic

    GoodMagic

    GoodMagic

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2018
    Messages:
    64
    If I could only have one maker I would chose Michael Rader. His knives, I have three, are all incredibly well made, are a joy to use, and his attention to detail is beyaond reproach. I am particulary fond of W2 and his treatment of this steel is exquisite. Beautiful hamon, high hardness, well forged functional blades. If you are looking for a western gyuto with an integral bolster I don't think you can do much better.
     
    Chuckles, cheflarge and YG420 like this.
  29. Aug 20, 2019 #59

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    Messages:
    1,146
    OT: yep, I LOVE their irons. I've had a set of them for almost 20 years.
     
    Midsummer likes this.
  30. Aug 20, 2019 #60

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    7,175
    He’s restocking the ks profile dx San mai
     
    Carl Kotte and ThinMan like this.

Share This Page