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Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by FluffyGTX, Sep 16, 2019.
Even those fancy multi-bladed ones?
If the rolls are small enough, a cigar cutter might also work
For sashimi knife.
I would recommend white two mizu honyaki or white one mizu honyaki .
Sakai takayuki W#1 is good, but hon-kasumi.
honyaki take much sharper edge, blue steel offer better edge retention but white steel make cleaner cut for sushi.
right handed knife is not expensive if comparing to lefty....
Unfortunately I'm lefty
I'm not convinced that this is always true
In my experience i feel honyaki take better edge, maybe I'm wrong
Im waiting for my Watanabe
Shinichi contacted me that he knife is finished. However, the handle i would have liked to have is not available somehow. He offered me the two handles in this picture:
But i was looking for something like this:
We will see how it turns out...
He wrote me back he does not have such a handle and could deliver without handle. I am a bit disappointed now...
Actually, i am extremely disappointed :/
Did he say when such a handle could next be in stock?
I wrote him i would rather prefer the ebony handle and if it takes some time, i would be fine. He wrote he has no such handle and can send me the knife without handle or with a handle made from another wood.
This is what really makes me angry. A bit of effort would be nice somehow...
I believe we are talking about different Watanabes. I am talking about kitchen-knife.jp. The quality of my Nakiri is very good and i expect the new knife to be as good. I would be just expecting a bit more effort to satisfy our agreement. Let’s see what happens. Maybe there also is a language barrier.
Make by Shinichi yamamoto ?
Not sure where you saw the name Yamamoto?
Shinichi Watanabe. Ah i see. The name Shinichi triggered you
@FluffyGTX sorry to hear about your experience. Did he promise you the handle beforehand and it went out of stock while the knife was being made?
Yes, we agreed on the handle beforehand. After expressing my disappointment he wrote that his handle maker would have passed away and the other handle makers would require large orders. I cannot judge upon that and will try to get a nice handle somewhere else. Still not that satisfying. Watanabe is far from cheap and should know if a handle fits beforehand.
@FluffyGTX that's too bad. I would be very frustrated too if I were in your shoes. Perhaps JKI (when Jon comes back from Japan) would have an ebony handle for you, or try asking James if his new US store could fit an ebony handle on the knife?
The OP is from Germany.
That is true. I have to deal with customs. Either I would have to find someone in the EU or I would have to attach the handle myself. I would not know how, however
@FluffyGTX cleancut has some realy nice handles - perhaps contact Chris to see if you could have Watanabe ship the blade there to get handled, then have them ship to you.
Japan-messer-shop.de is a store in Germany - I have bought from them once. I don't know if they do handles. I would suggest calling since they're not too great about answering emails.
I think one last option is to get a handle from Hitohira, and get it shipped to Watanabe? https://hitohira-japan.com/products/dmfka-ey300
Thank you very much for this advice! I will opt for A or B, since Watanabe already sent the blade.
Glad they've sent it out. It should be quite useful for slicing fish, peeling and dicing mangos, and preparing the occasional leaf garnish.
@FluffyGTX good luck! Keep us updated on what your opted to do. Sorry you have to go deal with this in the first place - that was a very off-putting for Shinichi to do.
I ordered a handle at James and will see if i can fit it
@Qapla' : The mango dicing seems like "always pick the right tool for the job"
I also had a Watanabe sakimaru takobiki several years ago and put a James handle on. You may need a micro file/rasp to adjust the tang slot. I put it on with epoxy as I’m always hesitant to burn on a multi piece custom handle (even if it has a dowel)
I received my handle from James few days ago. Today i received my blade. Despite the trouble with the handle, the blade is quite amazing. It is extremely sharp, very straight and well polished.
Now i have to glue the handle. I am afraid
Handle and tang fit very well. Only question: Since epoxy is going to seep out of the handle: I saw a video where they waxed it. What would be your approach? I would tape it first with painters masking tape (sorry if the word is not correct) and with waterproof tape after that since the epoxy will be dripping down. Any suggestions on that?
I don’t like using tape (I like to sight the alignment without being obstructed) but instead gauge the amount I’ll need so there isn’t much excess. Can wipe up with a lint free towel and acetone before curing). When aligning make sure to sight the knife vertically too, I find it’s easier to be a ° or so off when just looking with the tip toward/away from you
So, i finally did it and epoxied the handle to the blade. It is not as perfectly aligned as i would have liked it to be, but it will do.
Thank you all for your support.
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