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Now we have over 100 losers include me, do you have any other knives you always want to buy but hesitates to hit the button? We've just saved $800 right now, so that means we finally found an excuse to turn the dream true!
I kind want a Tanaka forged blade so I choosed between those 3 and decided on the Yugiri.
https://www.toshoknifearts.com/collections/current-3/products/aaa-020b1m-56-fa240https://moderncooking.com/en-us/col...hado-knives-gyuto-240mm-junpaku-shirogami-onehttps://carbonknifeco.com/collectio...s/sakai-kikumori-yugiri-kiritsuke-gyuto-225mm
Now let's see your replacement buy!
 
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Really been looking for something like the massdrop knife and actually have something very similar on order. Really looking forward to see if the two knives will turn out very similar indeed.
Anyway, for those still looking, just copy the questionnaire below that I’ve filled out for you.

KNIFE TYPE
What type of knife are you interested in (e.g., chefs knife, slicer, boning knife, utility knife, bread knife, paring knife, cleaver)? Massdrop v.4 knife.

Are you right or left handed? Yes.

Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle? Special ian handle.

What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)? 250 or 225.

Do you require a stainless knife? (Yes or no) no

What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife? Around 800


KNIFE USE
Do you primarily intend to use this knife at home or a professional environment? Yes.

What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for (e.g., slicing vegetables, chopping vegetables, mincing vegetables, slicing meats, cutting down poultry, breaking poultry bones, filleting fish, trimming meats, etc.)? (Please identify as many tasks as you would like.) All of the above.

What knife, if any, are you replacing? The massdrop knife that I couldn’t get.

Do you have a particular grip that you primarily use? (Please click on this LINK for the common types of grips.) two handed cow sword grip.

What cutting motions do you primarily use? (Please click on this LINK for types of cutting motions and identify the two or three most common cutting motions, in order of most used to least used.) yes.

What improvements do you want from your current knife? If you are not replacing a knife, please identify as many characteristics identified below in parentheses that you would like this knife to have.) Previous knife broke when chopping wood so I need a true workhorse.

Better aesthetics (e.g., a certain type of finish; layered/Damascus or other pattern of steel; different handle color/pattern/shape/wood; better scratch resistance; better stain resistance)? Wrought iron.

Comfort (e.g., lighter/heavier knife; better handle material; better handle shape; rounded spine/choil of the knife; improved balance)? All of the above.

Ease of Use (e.g., ability to use the knife right out of the box; smoother rock chopping, push cutting, or slicing motion; less wedging; better food release; less reactivity with food; easier to sharpen)? All of the above.

Edge Retention (i.e., length of time you want the edge to last without sharpening)? Forever.

KNIFE MAINTENANCE
Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board? (Yes or no.) yes.

Do you sharpen your own knives? (Yes or no.) yes.
 
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Really been looking for something like the massdrop knife and actually have something very similar on order. Really looking forward to see if the two knives will turn out very similar indeed.
Anyway, for those still looking, just copy the questionnaire below that I’ve filled out for you.

KNIFE TYPE
What type of knife are you interested in (e.g., chefs knife, slicer, boning knife, utility knife, bread knife, paring knife, cleaver)? Massdrop v.4 knife.

Are you right or left handed? Yes.

Are you interested in a Western handle (e.g., classic Wusthof handle) or Japanese handle? Special ian handle.

What length of knife (blade) are you interested in (in inches or millimeters)? 250 or 225.

Do you require a stainless knife? (Yes or no) no

What is your absolute maximum budget for your knife? Around 800


KNIFE USE
Do you primarily intend to use this knife at home or a professional environment? Yes.

What are the main tasks you primarily intend to use the knife for (e.g., slicing vegetables, chopping vegetables, mincing vegetables, slicing meats, cutting down poultry, breaking poultry bones, filleting fish, trimming meats, etc.)? (Please identify as many tasks as you would like.) All of the above.

What knife, if any, are you replacing? The massdrop knife that I couldn’t get.

Do you have a particular grip that you primarily use? (Please click on this LINK for the common types of grips.) two handed cow sword grip.

What cutting motions do you primarily use? (Please click on this LINK for types of cutting motions and identify the two or three most common cutting motions, in order of most used to least used.) yes.

What improvements do you want from your current knife? If you are not replacing a knife, please identify as many characteristics identified below in parentheses that you would like this knife to have.) Previous knife broke when chopping wood so I need a true workhorse.

Better aesthetics (e.g., a certain type of finish; layered/Damascus or other pattern of steel; different handle color/pattern/shape/wood; better scratch resistance; better stain resistance)? Wrought iron.

Comfort (e.g., lighter/heavier knife; better handle material; better handle shape; rounded spine/choil of the knife; improved balance)? All of the above.

Ease of Use (e.g., ability to use the knife right out of the box; smoother rock chopping, push cutting, or slicing motion; less wedging; better food release; less reactivity with food; easier to sharpen)? All of the above.

Edge Retention (i.e., length of time you want the edge to last without sharpening)? Forever.

KNIFE MAINTENANCE
Do you use a bamboo, wood, rubber, or synthetic cutting board? (Yes or no.) yes.

Do you sharpen your own knives? (Yes or no.) yes.
It does beg an interesting question, what are the cowju equivalent japanese knives out there today? Thinking workhouse convex, minus the fancy schmancy wrought iron.
 
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Honestly, I would have probably sold it less than a month later after some initial fun. My kit is damn close to perfect for me rn.
Makes me wonder what your kit consists in? Honestly, I could’ve stopped buying gyutos after getting a denka and it actually did stop me for almost 10 years… and then I registered here 😂

It does beg an interesting question, what are the cowju equivalent japanese knives out there today? Thinking workhouse convex, minus the fancy schmancy wrought iron.
Workhorse (or rather midweight) convex in wrought iron, but it’s a custom order. In any case, doesn’t leave many options, does it? 😄
 
what about those that did not win, and not loose, since they decded not to participate due to a self control exercise? Do you then buy a knife to celebrate or does that defeat the whole exercise? Need a psychologist here.
How do one acquire such will power?
 
It frees up budget to continually lurk at the edges of catchesides vision, like a velociraptor with a predilection for collecting shiny objects instead of tearing out throats until he eventually decides to do some crazy dimensioned knife again 🦖
 
what about those that did not win, and not loose, since they decded not to participate due to a self control exercise? Do you then buy a knife to celebrate or does that defeat the whole exercise? Need a psychologist here.

Nah man, you buy cuz now you're doing it on your terms!
 
what about those that did not win, and not loose, since they decded not to participate due to a self control exercise? Do you then buy a knife to celebrate or does that defeat the whole exercise? Need a psychologist here.
You might be misunderstanding the purpose of this forum. It's like AA, except no one here has a problem.
 
Now we have over 100 losers include me, do you have any other knives you always want to buy but hesitates to hit the button? We've just saved $800 right now, so that means we finally found an excuse to turn the dream true!
I kind want a Tanaka forged blade so I choosed between those 3 and decided on the Yugiri.
https://www.toshoknifearts.com/collections/current-3/products/aaa-020b1m-56-fa240https://moderncooking.com/en-us/col...hado-knives-gyuto-240mm-junpaku-shirogami-onehttps://carbonknifeco.com/collectio...s/sakai-kikumori-yugiri-kiritsuke-gyuto-225mm
Now let's see your replacement buy!

I’m in the same boat so I just bought the Hado. 😀
 
Now we have over 100 losers include me, do you have any other knives you always want to buy but hesitates to hit the button? We've just saved $800 right now, so that means we finally found an excuse to turn the dream true!
I kind want a Tanaka forged blade so I choosed between those 3 and decided on the Yugiri.
https://www.toshoknifearts.com/collections/current-3/products/aaa-020b1m-56-fa240https://moderncooking.com/en-us/col...hado-knives-gyuto-240mm-junpaku-shirogami-onehttps://carbonknifeco.com/collectio...s/sakai-kikumori-yugiri-kiritsuke-gyuto-225mm
Now let's see your replacement buy!
The handle on that HADO looks really sick! I believe there’s a short video on IG of it. KU versions of HADO and tanaka Kyuzo (if they’re still available) look like worthy considerations too.
 
Are there any other Tanaka knives that have a “workhorse” classification? Most of the ones I’ve seen seem to be on the slimmer side.
 
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Now we have over 100 losers include me, do you have any other knives you always want to buy but hesitates to hit the button? We've just saved $800 right now, so that means we finally found an excuse to turn the dream true!
I kind want a Tanaka forged blade so I choosed between those 3 and decided on the Yugiri.
https://www.toshoknifearts.com/collections/current-3/products/aaa-020b1m-56-fa240https://moderncooking.com/en-us/col...hado-knives-gyuto-240mm-junpaku-shirogami-onehttps://carbonknifeco.com/collectio...s/sakai-kikumori-yugiri-kiritsuke-gyuto-225mm
Now let's see your replacement buy!
Thanks for the post. I'm not an official loser, but I was eyeing that Tanaka/Kyuzo Migaki elsewhere but it sold out. Thanks to your post i was able to act quickly and snag that 240 listed.
 
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