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  1. Dec 10, 2019 #61

    Corradobrit1

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    Like me. 135mm TF Mab petty Western handled Ku is all I need in this size. Holds an edge forever and great for in hand work
     
  2. Dec 10, 2019 #62

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    I wonder how the makers truly feel. After all, they generate their income by making knives -- whether or not they get used may not be an issue to some of them. Of course if they get used the buyer will eventually need to buy another one, so I guess they have a vested interest in the knives being used (and also probably getting badly sharpened, getting tips broken off, etc. -- anything that speeds up time in between the buyer needing another knife).

    Kramer definitely wishes more of his knives were bought by people who would use them, but knows at the price point these days most buyers will use them very little.
     
  3. Dec 11, 2019 #63

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    Can somebody PM me their TF nashiji petty choil shot please? The one I looked at at knifewear was nice but asymmetrical. Are they close to 50/50 a lot of the time?
     
  4. Dec 11, 2019 #64

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    nashiji line is pretty ghetto, but at least the petty are at a great price point.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2019 #65

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    I can send you a Mab petty choil shot. Its got a slight RH bias in line with my gyutos
     
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    This is the second time I have seen a comment such as this. I have cut with shig 240 and 180 gyuto as well as a 180 santoku. They all were very, very good cutters. The 240 was (and is) one of the best I have used. And it get super sharp. Love that steel. The cladding is too reactive IMHO; other than that I think it is my favorite. Too bad they are overpriced when compared to functional equivalents (and less reactive).

    I found cutting with my Kato workhorse to be anticlimactic. But, your mileage may vary.
     
  7. Dec 11, 2019 #67

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    I didn't like the 180 petty and the 240 kasumi I borrowed, they were only sharpened once by a friend, it felt like cutting with an axe with the 240. The 180 petty was much better but still underwhelming.

    Granted my preferences are towards mid-weight workhorses with super lasery edges. I didn't get a wow factor when trying out the Shigs.
     
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  8. Dec 11, 2019 #68

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    Seen nice shig grinds but really didn’t care for the 3 I’ve owned.
     
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    Riiiiiiight.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2019 #70

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    I've read more "wasn't nothing special" stories than "best knife I ever used" over the years about Shigs. I've never used one.
     
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  11. Dec 12, 2019 #71

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    I think there’s quite a bit of variance honestly. Plus we all have different tastes of what makes a knife kick ass
     
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    this about sums it up, I have had 9 gyutos in different flavours and while they were all WH grinds there were some that were too wedgy for me and a couple that clicked just right. When one clicks right it's a super fun knife to use.
     
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    This is the point I try to get across to people. I’m sure there’s really great Katos and Shigs out there, but I just haven’t found one I really resonated with yet.
     
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    *wedgy not weight :facepalm:
     
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    To reinforce this point, a friend of mine and me once swapped our 240 WH Katos, we were both unhappy with the one we originally had and conversely pretty happy with the one we got after the trade (there were something like 30g difference between them for the same size, profile, and handle).
     
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    Besides the weight, what did you think tipped the balance in your favor with the new knife?
    I got a drawer queen Ku Kato that I don't have any love for right now :(
     
  17. Dec 12, 2019 #77

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    You guys need to organize a 30 person shig+Kato swap meet.
     
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    I call dibs on the western dammy kikuryu kato
     
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    No! You grab the one that cuts the way you like!
     
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    But I wanna have that one and MAKE IT cut the way I like ;)
     
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    Grind was a bit more skewed towards smoother cutting. Weight distribution and balance felt more natural to me too.
     
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    So which suited you more? The lighter or heavier example?
     
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    The lighter one at 235g
     

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