Agree. Legends are “dope,” but ultimately have no bearing on actual performance.I’m not convinced all the legends are true. Performs like a champ tho.
its quite a simple process and i guess it would have been invented about 100 years ago or so. but you never know...that description on knifewear sounds almost unbelievable. did TF really invent forge welding for stainless steel? any steel nerds care to chime in?
Buy direct from TF, don't waste time with vendors. I was in Japan recently and aside from Morihei, everyone else who had OEM TFs were all trash and I suspect western vendors would be the same. Get yours from TF direct and you will end up with a killer blade like I did.Agree. Legends are “dope,” but ultimately have no bearing on actual performance.
Speaking of performance, I’ve had my Denka in hand for 6 shifts now. Using Asahi boards and working through some heavy production, this blade really does have outstanding edge retention. Also not challenging to sharpen. Thinning and regular maintenance are not so pleasant (thanks, ss cladding), but overall this is a real deal worthy performer.
By now I’ve worked through about 80% of the overground kireha, just for my personal preference of presentation. Ultimately I don’t want to hog through dozens of sharpenings’ worth of steel just to get a clean surface. I’ve come to accept this as just a rustic tool.
I will have a 240 and/or 270 eventually, price be damned. It’s worth the investment for me. I’ll work around catastrophic F&F issues by purchasing through a vendor and communicating my expectations clearly before I pay. It is a bit frustrating that kind of coin gets relatively rough looking products, but for me what’s lacking in aesthetics is made up in performance.
I’m having tons of fun with my TF! Thanks to the vocal supporters for vocalizing your opinions. This time the curiosity paid off.
Also, this pic just confirms my suspicions all TF vendors get stuff that looks like ass. The urushi lacquer knives I saw at TF looked nothing like that.Looks like this will be available during the upcoming KW garage sale.
checked out the morihei site yesterday for several hours and i saw no TF knives at all. what are they called on the morihei site?? maybe i'm just blind.Buy direct from TF, don't waste time with vendors. I was in Japan recently and aside from Morihei, everyone else who had OEM TFs were all trash and I suspect western vendors would be the same. Get yours from TF direct and you will end up with a killer blade like I did.
I think you have it backwards. Morihei may have some reactive clad TF knives, but the TF Denkas are stainless clad Ku which IMO is silly.Its reactive soft steel, The polished and hammered Moriheis are the SS clad versions
Ah OK. In support of the Denka, the Ku finish is quite different between it and Morihei Ku. Its also very stable in my experience with a sheen rather than matte surface. I like it much more than the polished Mab giving Denka some additional character.I think you have it backwards. Morihei may have some reactive clad TF knives, but the TF Denkas are stainless clad Ku which IMO is silly.
What's the point of a less durable Ku finish on a more expensive knife if the cladding is stainless??
I did ask Inzite about this. He thinks my Maboroshi could have been crap, so when a perfect Denka lands in my hands, it could be that difference.How is that even possible?