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Watanabe Pro 210mm Deba LEFT-HANDED. $380
https://ibb.co/kXrp53d

Yoshikane SKD hammered stainless 240mm gyuto. Best performing gyuto I own. $260
https://ibb.co/nAgzK7
https://ibb.co/mB2TCS

Wakui Kasumi/Migaki 270mm gyuto. Comes with a custom balsa friction-fit saya I handmade. $240
https://ibb.co/Y3D8gkk

Kurosaki AS 270mm gyuto. Removed the KU long ago, now has something inbetween nashiji & kasumi finish. I scratched up the handle a bit with coarse sandpaper so that it has better friction and is less slippery (see pic). Also have thinned the grind a good bit, especially towards the tip. Rounded all rough edges on spine & choil as well. $235
https://ibb.co/muqbz7
https://ibb.co/keWGz7
https://ibb.co/kXrp53d

Shigefusa 300mm Kasumi Yanagiba LEFT-HANDED. Arrived in mail with the very tip chipped off, super minor, I can sharpen this out if you would like. Used only twice briefly. $825
https://ibb.co/VD4dTKh

All knives I keep thin and sharp and are all amazing cutters (I got rid of any mediocre knives many years ago). All prices include shipping CONUS (if you get more than one I can take $10 off for the grouped shipping). If you would like me to make a custom friction fit saya for any of the knives it's $25 for balsa, $32 for basswood. Thanks for looking!
 

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Damn that shig was the biggest bargain I've seen in a while, let me know if the deal fails please
 

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Just curious, what did you like about the Yoshikane that made it your best gyuto? I've read it still sticks on root veg and it doesn't register as a thin laser to me.
 

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Just curious, what did you like about the Yoshikane that made it your best gyuto? I've read it still sticks on root veg and it doesn't register as a thin laser to me.
I'm unclear here, have you used one yourself? "laser" is a word that is used somewhat ambiguously on KKF so I wouldn't call it one myself. It is super thin behind the edge. I have never experienced any sticking. It has the amazing food release and drops effortlessly through veg. It goes through large root veg better than any other gyuto I own. As with all handmade knives, there is going to be some variance knife-to-knife. This is the only Yoshikane I've used. It definitely cuts better and is thinner and lighter than the 2 shigefusa gyutos I've tried.
 

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That Yoshikane looks excellent. If I was buying a Yoshi today that would be the one.
 

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No, I've never used one and didn't mean to come off as negative towards your sale.
I've been trying to dig up as much info about the knife as I can since I'm looking for a knife that falls through produce like you mention and the Yoshikane ticks a lot of boxes. The one thing that made me hesitate was reading someone say it may wedge a bit in tougher veg but have also read a lot of great things about them.
 

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No, I've never used one and didn't mean to come off as negative towards your sale.
I've been trying to dig up as much info about the knife as I can since I'm looking for a knife that falls through produce like you mention and the Yoshikane ticks a lot of boxes. The one thing that made me hesitate was reading someone say it may wedge a bit in tougher veg but have also read a lot of great things about them.
yoshikane knives are a really good value. Great taper, great grind, great fit and finish, amazing steel. They are workhorse knives so they thicker than some but they have expert grinds that are amongst the cleanest I have ever encountered. Everyone should try one
 

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What are the measurements on the Wakui? Is this stainless or carbon clad?

Thanks!
 

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Wakui is 51mm tall at heel and 277mm long. Stainless clad.
 

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I am willing to ship internationally for another 20USD. That said:

In the past on KKF I've shipped internationally and had success but also there have been two instances where the package got delayed a few weeks and the buyer got fined a small fee by their country's customs. Also due to the pandemic, I believe all international shipping has been considerably slower (especially overseas shipping).
 

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I've had a book shipped express waiting in customs from Canada since the 8th, however orders from JNS and a package of snus both came on time. There's no way to tell with international right now.
 

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Price drops:
watanabe $365
kurosaki $220
wakui $220
yoshikane $255
 

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You’re causing me some real issues here. I literally only just told my wife I wasn’t buying anymore knives... why would you do this?! Wakui or wife? Wife or wakui...
 

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Keep her. You can buy carrots that have been cut up. Or not buy them at all :cool:
 

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Kurosaki SOLD
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watanabe $365
wakui $220
yoshikane $255
 

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Kurosaki SOLD
Yoshikane SOLD
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watanabe $365
wakui $220
 
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