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Munetoshi Vs Kaeru Honyaki

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Looking to compare the recent Kaeru Honyaki with the Munetoshi Honyaki. I was originally turned off the Munetoshi because the Hamon dipped so low on the blade face, do the more recent batches still have the low hamon? Also really intrigued by the Kaerus that dropped recently.

I know its a far cry to assume someone has/has tried both, but would love to hear any users who have experience with either. If you got pics, post 'em please!
 

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The hamon on the Munetoshi is not as low as it looks. There is a funky thick ‘line’ and the hamon is above it. My understanding is that the line disappears after refinishing (I am not planning to do that for the time being). Maybe others can give more info on that.
 

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Thats my munetoshi honyaki 240, with a really quick finger stone pass
I also got a kaeru honyaki (polishing it)
Out the box the kaeru is much more of a laser than munetoshi (although i have the first versions, saw a recent post were Maksim had a thinner munetoshi batch). My munetoshi is a work horse and i love it, cost wise its a bargain!
 

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@Joao lourenco - you are awesome! Just the person I was looking for!

+1 to Tristan’s request above.

Damn that Kaeru is THIN! A bit too thin for my liking. The Munetoshi you have is more what I’m looking for in terms of thickness. That hamon tho... a bit too much for my taste.
 

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The munetoshi i have used far more than the Kaeru (that i got last week and started polishing it...😓😓longgg journey ahead hahaha).
So my initial impressions are Kaeru is a bit more refined in fit and finish area, has a “flater” geometry. Its more of a laser and lighter.
The munetoshi is a workhorse and a bit convexity, a good one :) (will probably thin it behing the edge abit)
Both are quite a bargain for honyaki for what JNS offers👍👍

im curious to see the new batch Maksim got on the “thinner” Munetoshis
 
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Bumping this, anyone aware of when the Kaeru Honyaki may be back? Seems to suit me better, profile and grind wise

tried contacting Maksim through Instagram and email, to no avail
 

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I ended up picking up a Munetoshi Honyaki 210 a couple months back, and the thing is THIN! Closer to the Kaeru geometry above.
 
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