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Amazing story! I probably would’ve just passed out when they brought out the briefcase…

After reading thru some of the TF forums, laughing most of the time. I too had to dip my toes in the TF pond. Picked up a 150mm Denka gyuto with the snazzy red pakka handle. Was looking for a petty with a little more height for cutting board clearance, this lil’ jammer fit the bill perfectly. Took it to the stones for some bevel polishing, not bad, just two little low spots that look like it’s giving you the TF stare down… Still giggle every time it’s in action.
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Not too long ago I scooped up one of those Sugi/ Fujiwara customs. Having two of the best in the west putting some love into the knife was a win/win. No issues with the bevels @Forty Ounce & this is my 3rd handle from @JoBone so I jumped at the chance. Thing is a absolute monster, should have a safety warning attached!!! The only feedback with it is it’s too good, kinda the same feeing as when you give an old car a new coat of paint. It has some of that rustic craftsmanship feel still, but not like it’s lil’ buddy.

Sorry for the rant….

WHAT DID HIS SHOP SMELL LIKE?????
 

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Amazing story! I probably would’ve just passed out when they brought out the briefcase…

After reading thru some of the TF forums, laughing most of the time. I too had to dip my toes in the TF pond. Picked up a 150mm Denka gyuto with the snazzy red pakka handle. Was looking for a petty with a little more height for cutting board clearance, this lil’ jammer fit the bill perfectly. Took it to the stones for some bevel polishing, not bad, just two little low spots that look like it’s giving you the TF stare down… Still giggle every time it’s in action.
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Not too long ago I scooped up one of those Sugi/ Fujiwara customs. Having two of the best in the west putting some love into the knife was a win/win. No issues with the bevels @Forty Ounce & this is my 3rd handle from @JoBone so I jumped at the chance. Thing is a absolute monster, should have a safety warning attached!!! The only feedback with it is it’s too good, kinda the same feeing as when you give an old car a new coat of paint. It has some of that rustic craftsmanship feel still, but not like it’s lil’ buddy.

Sorry for the rant….

WHAT DID HIS SHOP SMELL LIKE?????
Those are beautiful knives - I love the extra love your gyuto got After few days with my denka gyuto, I'm starting to see what all the fuss is about, and I'm looking forward to getting it on a stone too.

WHAT DID HIS SHOP SMELL LIKE?????
At first, of camellia oil and iron. Then as each subsequent knife was revealed, more and more of burnt toast as I neared myocardial infarction =)
 

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Great storytelling. And truly unique pieces you were able to pick up as a reminder of that special experience.
 

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Amazing story! I probably would’ve just passed out when they brought out the briefcase…

After reading thru some of the TF forums, laughing most of the time. I too had to dip my toes in the TF pond. Picked up a 150mm Denka gyuto with the snazzy red pakka handle. Was looking for a petty with a little more height for cutting board clearance, this lil’ jammer fit the bill perfectly. Took it to the stones for some bevel polishing, not bad, just two little low spots that look like it’s giving you the TF stare down… Still giggle every time it’s in action.
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Not too long ago I scooped up one of those Sugi/ Fujiwara customs. Having two of the best in the west putting some love into the knife was a win/win. No issues with the bevels @Forty Ounce & this is my 3rd handle from @JoBone so I jumped at the chance. Thing is a absolute monster, should have a safety warning attached!!! The only feedback with it is it’s too good, kinda the same feeing as when you give an old car a new coat of paint. It has some of that rustic craftsmanship feel still, but not like it’s lil’ buddy.

Sorry for the rant….

WHAT DID HIS SHOP SMELL LIKE?????
That TF x jobone x forty may be the perfect TF.
 

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Are these experiences at the TF shop only for those who speak Japanese?
 

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Are these experiences at the TF shop only for those who speak Japanese?
Shutaro and Gaku speak English. But TF4 is Japanese only, as is his lady assistant.

I speak Japanese, but regardless I guarantee happy time knows no boundaries😉

I think why everyone who visits TF has a great time because it’s in a nice quiet neighborhood and you get personalized attention from the staff. When I was at Tsubaya, Ichimonji, or any other knife shop in Japan it felt really crowded and you weren’t made to feel welcome and they were there just to sell you things.

At TF, there was a story to be told about each knife on display and TF4 really made you feel like part of the family. You see the neighborhood granny come in to get her knife sharpened, or TF himself chiseling blades. That’s why everyone here who has visited TF has an interesting and epic story to tell.
 
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Cool story, thanks for sharing. That stag handle looks sweet! Perfect knife for prepping wild game meals :)

@Mlan - I heard he uses gold exclusively found at ends of rainbows!
 

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Cool story, thanks for sharing. That stag handle looks sweet! Perfect knife for prepping wild game meals :)

@Mlan - I heard he uses gold exclusively found at ends of rainbows!
Haha, the stag definitely feels special in hand- more than the sum of its parts. Dare I say it has an element of wabi-sabi? :)
 

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Shutaro and Gaku speak English. But TF4 is Japanese only, as is his lady assistant.

I speak Japanese, but regardless I guarantee happy time knows no boundaries😉

I think why everyone who visits TF has a great time because it’s in a nice quiet neighborhood and you get personalized attention from the staff. When I was at Tsubaya, Ichimonji, or any other knife shop in Japan it felt really crowded and you weren’t made to feel welcome and they were there just to sell you things.

At TF, there was a story to be told about each knife on display and TF4 really made you feel like part of the family. You see the neighborhood granny come in to get her knife sharpened, or TF himself chiseling blades. That’s why everyone here who has visited TF has an interesting and epic story to tell.
I completely agree with this! I’ve yet to visit other maker workshops, but this is what I’d hope the experience to be. Prices almost seemed beside the point, and I’m sure they would have been just as nice if I hadn’t bought any knives. Definitely a workshop first, store second.Add to this their great English, and this needs to be a stop on any knife pilgrimage!
 
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