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  1. Jan 14, 2020 #1

    henrymeows

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    Greetings from Melbourne Australia.

    Found this forum from a Redditor recommending me to speak with Kipp regarding honyaki. Still too shy and too poor to ask about it. Long time lurker, finally guess I should make an account and join the community.

    My journey... I was an accountant back in Boston. Got bored of my office job after 3 years, packed up, came in Australia on a working holiday visa and fell in love with Melbourne. Came back to study culinary arts. During my studies, my partner bought me my first knife (aside from my school knife kit knife) and a whetstone. Not knowing what I was doing, I started Youtubing some videos and experimenting on my own. After 2 years, I think I finally got a hang of it. I now work as a chef and sharpening my colleagues and head chef's knives for a fair market price.

    I do a lot of prep at work and I get frustrated at how fast my knife can't cut spring onion rounds without smashing it after a while. I sharpen my knife almost every 2~3 days on whetstones because people say honing rods are a big no-no? That's when I went down a spiral to look for something better. I wanted a better knife, then I wanted a white2 carbon steel knife, then I wanted a mizu-honyaki just because it can hold its edge longer..... Silly reason. Luckily, I haven't went down that spending spree yet. Partner and I are planning a holiday trip to Osaka later this year and hopefully I can get a knife there. I try to be as open and honest with her, but she said I don't need a $1000 knife.

    I don't have much to show, but I guess people here like to share.
    Gouken 180mm Santoku (first knife and a gift from her)
    Global G-2 (Friend left Melbourne and forgot to take it with him. Said I can have it)
    Suehiro SKG-27 1000/3000
    KING KW65 1000/6000

    Cheers.
     
  2. Jan 14, 2020 #2
    Welcome to the forum, meow
     
  3. Jan 14, 2020 #3

    ian

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    Fyi, you can dramatically upgrade from your Gouken and Global with a $300 knife. Don’t jump straight to a honyaki. Save your marriage and your pocketbook. Lots of good suggestions can be found on this site, or start a thread about it.
     
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    Welcome, we are a cat friendly forum, meow
     
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    Welcome to the forum! Definitely cat friendly, I have three of the little bastards.
     
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    Nemo

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    Welcome to the forums.

    Boston to Melbourne... that's quite a journey.

    Where abouts in Melbourne do you chef?
     
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    henrymeows

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    Haha, I'm sure I can do a dramatic upgrade with a lower price tag. It seems like it's a trend that people but a knife, and then another, and then they find themselves with 20 knives. I just thought if I splurge on an expensive one, I'd be satisfied for a long time. I'm not sure how I feel about abusing an expensive knife at a workplace though, so... I guess it's just a thought. $300 would make more sense.
     
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    henrymeows

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    I'm okay with cats. I'm more of a dog person. Partner couldn't resist the cuteness of Winnie, so she took her home from the shelter; then I guess I started liking cats too. I just so happened to pick up this username from a long time ago, so I stuck with it.

    Hmm... I'd say I like the Australian laid back culture. East coast America is too competitive and on the go. Fell in love with Melbourne because they're both pretty similar cities; not too big but filled with life and young people's due to both being University cities. There's also the burst of culture, festivals, events, food, music, art, shopping, sports, etc. There's always something happening here in this one little city.
    I chef at the Espy Hotel. Hopefully I can transition this new career into obtaining a PR as well~
     
  9. Jan 15, 2020 #9

    Nemo

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    Espy hotel in St Kilda? As in Comedy Club?
     
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    Hey, welcome to the forums!

    St Kilda is a nice place, I'm not surprised you liked it there!
    Throw me a message if you're interested in visiting my humble shed to try your hand at forging your own small knife for a bit of fun. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about knives.
     
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    Welcome! I agree with some of the previous advice, there are lots of good $300 knives out there. And when you've had one for a while the jump to a nice kippington doesn't feel as obscene ;)
     
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    Haha, not quite... Yes, Espy Hotel in St Kilda. Sand Hill Road Group bought it out and revitalised it which reopened Nov 2018. It has 2 restaurants, 9 bars, concert room, and they tried their best to keep the original feel. It's a hit of miss place to be; very elegant venue but gets very rowdy on weekends.
     
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    Hey Kipp! St Kilda has its good and bad. A nice chill suburb with cheap rent! However, still a lot of harmless homeless around at night and there's always a girl dressed up nicely standing at the corner of the street that I live off of.
    Wow, it'd be an honour to be able to visit your shed! Haha... I saw your YT video of you quenching and I'm like... You can make knives in your own backyard?? That's amazing. I'll shoot you a message when I get some downtime from work! It's be a great eye opener for me :) thanks for the offer

    My priority right now is to save money for skill assessment and permanent residency application... :( And probably an engagement ring for her. No splurging just yet... But not a bad idea to go for some reasonable pricing first
     
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    I didn't know it had had a makeover. I bet it still does get rowdy on the weekend.
     
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    Another Melburnian! Welcome.
     
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    It's there a good number of active Melburnians here?
     
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    If anything, there are too many! Where are the Brisbane boys at! ;)
     
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    G'day and welcome to the forum. And yes, there are a good number of us Melbournians active here. A few knife makers as well.
     
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    Too many?!? No such thing!
     
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    Yay for Australians! There's no perfect countries and Australia has its good and bad, but I love it here and hopefully I can work towards permanent residency here. You're government isn't making it any easier for us.
     
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    G'day mate, welcome to the forum.
    Go see Jules' workshop, I'd take up his offer in a heartbeat .
     
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    henrymeows

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    Thank you! Who's Jules? :confused::confused:
     
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    Haha, yessss!! But my work hours are quite demanding.. I'll definitely have to find a time!
     
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    I wish you all the best on your journey down the rabbit hole
    Have a good day !
     
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    Welcome, I'm a newbie too. -- I'll be in Japan this spring till June. Wishing you well on your travels!
     
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    Welcome ... enjoy/stay awhile ... FWIW have 3 BIG kitties all Maine Coons ... 50+ lbs worth = healthy / loving / crazy ...
     
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    Welcome @henrymeows

    Interesting career arc!

    Do try our local blacksmiths. Support local industry. Some smiths I have recommended in the past month:


    +2

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    Im not so sure about that... ;):p

    Where the stockbrokers on meth at the beach at?
     
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    Hi from Sydney mate
     

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