Jackson's Knife journey

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  1. Aug 27, 2019 #1

    Gjackson98

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    Inspired by other KKF members, I decided to take a step and share my journey (ongoing) with everyone here.

    I was first introduced to Japanese knives on April 7th 2018, I received a set of Shun knives as birthday gift.
    As I have quick learned that there are even better knives out there, I dived right into the rabbit hole.
    On May 28th 2018 I joined KKF, my first carbon knife purchase was a shigefusa santoku and a 270mm masamoto gyuto. (don't make much sense I know :) )

    Within the past 15 month as a KKF member I have purchased about 50 to 70 knives here and there.
    My path started as user then quickly switched over to collector now guided back to user again.
    As this journey continues, I will share some photos and why at the time it was the "right" knife for me. :)
     
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    My first wave of knives.
    From left to right you have:
    Shige santoku 165mm, Masamoto gyuto 270mm, Doi gyuto 240mm, and konosuke HD gyuto 240mm.

    Basically I purchased the first knife it was too short, My second knife was too long, my third knife was too heavy, my fourth knife was not tall enough :)

    Yep I like to do things the hard way
     
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    Few other gyuto knives I purchase right after, decided to stick around with Ikeda as it feel the best for me.

    Around the same time I got into handle making and stabilizing my own wood supply
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    About August 2018 I started collecting single bevel knives, and that’s when The candy hit the fan
    Shige kitaeji, yoshikazu ikeda, shiraki and keijiro Doi
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    Congratulations, you are doing it right :D
     
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    Genkai, more shige, more shiraki, the GOAT tatsuo ikeda, kato

    And many more single bevels... its a long story
     
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    Thank you man! Most of collection are sold already; Only purchasing knives for use now :)
     
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    Keijiro Doi photo didn’t came out so here we go, to not bored you all, that’s all the single bevel I will post for now lol IMG_2600.jpg
     
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    After the single bevel crave, I went on the Shigefusa / Kato hunt like everyone else
     
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    My honyaki gig IMG_2659.jpg IMG_2661.jpg IMG_2663.jpg IMG_2664.jpg IMG_2670.jpg IMG_2668.jpg IMG_2672.jpg IMG_2674.jpg IMG_2673.jpg IMG_2675.jpg
     
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    Moving away from collecting. My current major focus is to find the best performance knife for my personal taste and making some handles for fun :)
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    I have tried both new and old stock KS 240mm
    Really not my cup of tea.
    At that point I start to understand I like heavier knives with thicker spine at neck
     
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    Inspired by another thread, made my first Yo style conversion on my munetoshi honyaki gyuto IMG_5529.jpg BBC93449-FD60-4B9D-B3B3-B6D1D48FCBAC.jpg
     
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    That is quite the journey so far! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Thank you man!
     
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    huh, what do you mean? ;)

    Great thread, btw!
     
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    Hahah thank you man!
     
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    Kato takohiki sakimaru 300mm
     
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    recently got into hunting, first hunting knife! IMG_6057.jpg IMG_6097.jpg IMG_6113.jpg
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    What an amazing journey!

    wjats your current fav. user knives & why?

    thx
     
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    Thank you man!

    Regarding favorites, at this point I lean more towards favorite weight, geometry, length, heel height, steel, and things like that ... haven’t figure out about favorite HT yet.

    Few month back I actually tried to run a test with my eyes closed and use few of my “favorite knives”. At the end to be honest, they all feel pretty much the same lol ....
    I can tell the difference in style (laser vs. WH vs. STD), weight, heel height that’s about all.
     
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    Making new handle for my Toyama gyuto AAF6E05F-4523-4E22-9E3B-FB37B0E45A74.jpg 55B9C674-4BA6-4221-82C1-28B67E81ED62.jpg
     
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    My journey sucks compares to you, it’s interrupted as I am too slow, let me know if you have a Shig or Marko 210 that can help with my journey :)
     
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    Cool journey.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thank you Ma, you are too kind. And sure thing if I do I will let you know!
     
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    And now you mentioned, I should probably include my Tsourkan 220mm in my journey. It’s a very inspirational knife IMG_8657.jpg IMG_8654.jpg IMG_8661.jpg IMG_8659.jpg
     
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    I am waiting patiently for you to get pass this part of your journey so I can buy it, I know it’s a bit too short for you ;)
     
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    I am waiting to get a Tsourkan too. I don't usually like light coloured handles, but that handle in that Tsourkan, fits like a glove with the blade.
     

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