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Just in—210 Shigeki Tanaka from Sugi Cutlery, handle by Joe. Won this from his raffle—re-gifted to my wife for her first ‘wa knife.’ Functional, pretty, perfect ‘wife knife’ IMO.
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Stunnning!!! What kind of handle is that. Wish joe would make me such a handle😂😂😂
🤷‍♂️ Dunno handle materials? I’m sure Joe would be happy to make a similar one for you. Gotta give wife a knife tutorial—she loves keeping knives in the bottom of the sink submerged beneath soapy water; or drying tip down in the metal cutlery container.
 

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Ladies and Gents, say hello to my new knife Takeda AS Gyuto Small. I've been waiting a long time for this beauty and finally it is here with me. Slices like a dream and the food release is awesome! I am not the first to say and likely not the last one, the knife is surprisingly thin! The sharpness out of the box is superb and solidly one of the sharpest Ive seen. after a first test run on some veggies, I gave it a few dozen of laps on a strop and the knife was easily passing the hanging hair test cut. Amazing! Many happy days ahead!
 

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Ladies and Gents, say hello to my new knife Takeda AS Gyuto Small. I've been waiting a long time for this beauty and finally it is here with me. Slices like a dream and the food release is awesome! I am not the first to say and likely not the last one, the knife is surprisingly thin! The sharpness out of the box is superb and solidly one of the sharpest Ive seen. after a first test run on some veggies, I gave it a few dozen of laps on a strop and the knife was easily passing the hanging hair test cut. Amazing! Many happy days ahead!
How tall is the one you got?
 

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Watanabe 240 mm direct from Shinichi. 245x55mm. Weighing in at 220g!
Anyone get their handles...aged? It's quite dark. I thought the basic handle option was ho wood, but it doesn't look like it.

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Oh, man! The Watanabe's are amazingly good! Enjoy it buddy! They are amazing cutters, but could be a little chippy to begin with. Perhaps a small microbevel might help. I've got a few knives from him and should have put a microbevel on them from the start. Now they are waiting to be sharpened and micro chips removed. The steel and the geometry is just crazy!
 
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Just when you thought you were out😂😂😂
There is no „out“, one cannot exit this rabbit hole… never… ever…

Well... today, the first forum find appeared in my mail. A couple of TFTFTFs purchased from @Bart.s. Nice guy, cool seller.

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Now I'll finally get the chance to join the Wabi-Sabi discussion with a clear opinion for or against and never ever backing down from my opinion. :)

There might be one more forum find on it's way to me. I'm sure glad I choose only (mainly?) look within the customs wall of EU.
 
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I usually don’t post much here but today is a very special day for me and I wanted to show my latest knife achievement and share if with you.

I got a custom halcyon which was kind of a crazy and lengthy project, which succeeded through multiple iterations and alterations and ended up at this:



Now, as crazy as this looks, I received the knife today and wanted to praise Joe beyond the moon for the job he did with this knife. He mentioned to me that it was a pain to polish the blade but through videos and pictures it was not clear to me why exactly. When I unpacked the knife I found the following — please excuse the bad light exposure at it is late at light

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The entire stainless clad was polished to the migration layer in a way that exposes incredibly strong banding, which is very vividly visible. This was not even close to obvious to me from Joe’s modest reports on progress. The clad assumes a multi-coloured signature which shines and interacts with the light like nothing I’ve used so far.

No impressions yet on the board but this knife is beyond special, even after having tired a huge variety of makers and blades.
 

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I usually don’t post much here but today is a very special day for me and I wanted to show my latest knife achievement and share if with you.

I got a custom halcyon which was kind of a crazy and lengthy project, which succeeded through multiple iterations and alterations and ended up at this:



Now, as crazy as this looks, I received the knife today and wanted to praise Joe beyond the moon for the job he did with this knife. He mentioned to me that it was a pain to polish the blade but through videos and pictures it was not clear to me why exactly. When I unpacked the knife I found the following — please excuse the bad light exposure at it is late at light

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The entire stainless clad was polished to the migration layer in a way that exposes incredibly strong banding, which is very vividly visible. This was not even close to obvious to me from Joe’s modest reports on progress. The clad assumes a multi-coloured signature which shines and interacts with the light like nothing I’ve used so far.

No impressions yet on the board but this knife is beyond special, even after having tired a huge variety of makers and blades.


I remember seeing that on his IG and thinking “OMG which lucky [email protected] is getting that!?!?”

Congrats man, it looks freaking awesome!
 

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I usually don’t post much here but today is a very special day for me and I wanted to show my latest knife achievement and share if with you.

I got a custom halcyon which was kind of a crazy and lengthy project, which succeeded through multiple iterations and alterations and ended up at this:



Now, as crazy as this looks, I received the knife today and wanted to praise Joe beyond the moon for the job he did with this knife. He mentioned to me that it was a pain to polish the blade but through videos and pictures it was not clear to me why exactly. When I unpacked the knife I found the following — please excuse the bad light exposure at it is late at light

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The entire stainless clad was polished to the migration layer in a way that exposes incredibly strong banding, which is very vividly visible. This was not even close to obvious to me from Joe’s modest reports on progress. The clad assumes a multi-coloured signature which shines and interacts with the light like nothing I’ve used so far.

No impressions yet on the board but this knife is beyond special, even after having tired a huge variety of makers and blades.

Great!

Do you think there is a lot of polishing involved, or is mainly etching?
 
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thanks! Will test it on the board later this week.

I definitely think etching revealed lots of the banding as stainless (in particular 400 series stainless) usually has strong banding always. Yet, i also know that Joe polished the knife a very long time and even delayed the knife by a week because he wanted to work more carefully on the clad. What difference that made at the end in combination with the etching is not entirely clear to me, though (maybe someone more experienced here can comment on this).
 

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Picked up this Nakagawa Blue #1 Yanagi today, originally wanted to get the Ginsan 270mm, but they only have 300 and 330mm which I think are bit too long.
I think it should serve the purpose for home use, since I don't need my knife to be stainless anyways, just wanted to try the steel.
OOTB quite dull, but very good fit and finish, both choil and spine are polished, the knife is on the heavier side, need to put an edge on before I cut anything, overall quite happy with it.
 
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Late last year I decided to add a stainless slicer to my knife collection. Good fortune smiled on me in the form of the cancelled due to Covid, Sydney Knife Show. One of my favourite makers, Mert Tansu, had prepared exactly what I was looking for in the form of a 275mm Damascus Sujihiki made from SG2 steel. I jumped at it and commissioned Mert to make a Saya for it. The friction fit saya, made from leather lined ebony, is a work of art in itself. Here’s a few pics …

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As I am (or at least was) called upon to participate regularly in meals for family and friends, at home and away, I wanted a slicer that wasn’t too reactive so that I didn’t have to worry about it if it sat for a while before cleaning. I also wanted something with a nice visual pop. Mert‘s Damascus suji provide this in spades. With an Amboyna Burl handle, brass bolster and polished Damascus blade this suji is a show stopper.

Unfortunately Covid resulted in the cancellation of all my family events over Christmas. It wasn’t until today that the family got together. I took the opportunity to do up a strip loin roast In my Anova Precision Oven. I cooked the roast in my Anova Precision Oven for 41/2 hrs. Cooking temperature was 127F with a cook to an internal temperature of 124F. I finished the roast at 425F for 10 minutes. Slicing duties were undertaken by my new Tansu SujihikI. The pics below show the results.

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A winner in every corner. Thanks Mert.
 
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225mm Kippington Workpony from his recent small run

Length: 228mm
Height: 53mm
Weight: 215g

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Probably has gotten the most use of any knife in the past couple months. Partly because it was on the top of the knife boxes in the drawer in the kitchen but also because it handled everything thrown at it quite well and I couldn't find a reason to use anything else. Has a decent patina built up on it now and it is not particularly reactive.
 
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Just arrived:

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(top to bottom)

Toyama Noborikoi Stainless Clad 150mm petty

Yoshimitsu Hamono Black-forged Petty Knife 120mm Aogami Super

Shiro Kunimitsu Kurouchi Special Yanagiba 170mm

All are extremly well done. The Toyama is light and thin, nice handle with horn ferrule. Excellent balanced.

The Yoshimitsu is similar to a Takeda, very very sharp. It's a lovely little knife, that fits perfect in the hand. I've just ordered a new handle for it. It will look even better afterwards. Excellent knife.

The Shiro Kunimitsu is almost a small gyuto. Surprisingly heavy, very sharp. Shiro Kunimitsu is know as the blacksmith making the sharpest Katana for generations. The Kuoruchi is raw and beautiful. It's a real working knife done for being used all day long in the kitchen.

You see and feel that these blacksmiths really know what they are doing when you have these knives in your hand.

I'll take some more images with better light later when the Yoshimitsu has been re-handled. They all look much better than shown on the photo.
 
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Kyohei Shindo Bunka in Aogami #2. The blade is SUPER thin behind the edge, it cuts beautifully.

The handle sucks but I'm gonna change it. This one is meant to be my main prep knife.
 

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Kyohei Shindo Bunka in Aogami #2. The blade is SUPER thin behind the edge, it cuts beautifully.

The handle sucks but I'm gonna change it. This one is meant to be my main prep knife.
Nice pickup. I have the non-bunka version and has the most aggressive taper and most aggressive grind out of any knife I've owned. It's amazing for the price. But yes, the stock handle is garbage.
 

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Nice pickup. I have the non-bunka version and has the most aggressive taper and most aggressive grind out of any knife I've owned. It's amazing for the price. But yes, the stock handle is garbage.

I'm so happy with it that I may get the other one. They are ridiculously cheap for how good they are.
 
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This Yu Kurosaki Fujin SG2 nakiri I grabbed in BST just arrived. It’s my third Japanese knife but first Kurosaki, first power steel and first nakiri. Really excited to put it to work!

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I looked at that knife long and hard before I passed on it. Congrats on your purchase. I have a Fujin Bunka (two of them actually) in the same size which I absolutely love. I’ll be surprised if you don’t quickly find yourself falling in love with this one.
 
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thanks! Will test it on the board later this week.

I definitely think etching revealed lots of the banding as stainless (in particular 400 series stainless) usually has strong banding always. Yet, i also know that Joe polished the knife a very long time and even delayed the knife by a week because he wanted to work more carefully on the clad. What difference that made at the end in combination with the etching is not entirely clear to me, though (maybe someone more experienced here can comment on this).
Wow! This one is extra special - congrats!
 

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I have to confess - I’m completely shallow and easily swayed by looks. I’ve been wanting a blacked-out copper-mai for a while purely for the cool factor and finally got this pair. Made by Britton Steele, Steeleworks66 on IG.

I have a Kurosaki Houou rainbow damascus and “houou” is Japanese for “phoenix”. So I’ve dubbed the gyuto “Dark Phoenix” and my wife dubbed her petty “baby phoenix”.

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Instagram reel of the Dark Phoenix in action:

 
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