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Mazaki Hon-Sanmai 225 mm white #2 gyuto with Snakewood & horn handle.
 

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3 bangers.
Shi.Han: this knife is ready to start, fight and end wars with style kudos to @EricEricEric for the polish. Probably my favorite of the bunch.
Yanick: beautiful piece of metal and wood. The hype is real.
Kato: this is the most balanced of the three. It feels sturdy but with a very nice tip.

I need help with my photography game btw :).

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Fake or fortune?
Researching a trip to kappabashi, I was after a masamoto ks gyuto but trying to avoid the trek to their shop. So googled "masamoto kappabashi". Found this : 包丁 料理道具・菓子道具・調理機器・調理道具・調理器具の浅草合羽橋 カジワラキッチンサプライ
Kajiwara Kitchen Supply · 2 Chome-13-13 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0036, Japan
This list didn't change in Months, so nearly went to masamoto first .

Anyway
A pile of masamotos in a locked display cab. A (rather Lovely) young girl (that knew nothing about knives) came over to help, went through the pile, and the rusty ex demos were there but also some clean ones, gyutos, usuba debas takokikis weird pointy usubas. It was unreal.

So 57000jpy for a 270gyuto 150 and 210 usuba. Figured even if fake worth a punt.

All for less than the list price of a 240 gyuto

Now I could understand the gyutos being fake given their popularity, but who the hell would fake a takokikis or eel knife? Hopefully old model but real.

Better photos when I get home! + all the other purchases (got to buy another bag)
 

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Not a masamoto expert or single bevels but regardless grind looks great on the gyuto
I've still not worked out how to tell good from bad grind just by looking.
Think they may need a touch up when I get home, but there is no obvious damage aside from a bit of rust on the larger usuba.
 
I've still not worked out how to tell good from bad grind just by looking.
Think they may need a touch up when I get home, but there is no obvious damage aside from a bit of rust on the larger usuba.
Honestly, I am not the best either. And don't let anyone tell you how a knife will perform solely by a choil shot. Only tells part of the story. But what I see from that choil shot is a nice even grind, and it looks to get quite thin. That's what I look for. (Uneven grinds aren't necessairly bad if you are looking for more of a righty or lefty grind, as long as that is by design)
 
Fake or fortune?
Researching a trip to kappabashi, I was after a masamoto ks gyuto but trying to avoid the trek to their shop. So googled "masamoto kappabashi". Found this : 包丁 料理道具・菓子道具・調理機器・調理道具・調理器具の浅草合羽橋 カジワラキッチンサプライ
Kajiwara Kitchen Supply · 2 Chome-13-13 Matsugaya, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0036, Japan
This list didn't change in Months, so nearly went to masamoto first .

Anyway
A pile of masamotos in a locked display cab. A (rather Lovely) young girl (that knew nothing about knives) came over to help, went through the pile, and the rusty ex demos were there but also some clean ones, gyutos, usuba debas takokikis weird pointy usubas. It was unreal.

So 57000jpy for a 270gyuto 150 and 210 usuba. Figured even if fake worth a punt.

All for less than the list price of a 240 gyuto

Now I could understand the gyutos being fake given their popularity, but who the hell would fake a takokikis or eel knife? Hopefully old model but real.

Better photos when I get home! + all the other purchases (got to buy another bag)
I bought a fake Zwilling cleaver in Shanghai years back - from the culinary area of a fashionable department store. Looked perfect, except there was only 1 twin in the twins logo😳🧐🤨😬

https://www.zwilling.com/se/zwillin...FJtV5fkFomBTa1hpuvNBD3aEDOv1GMKYaAoqREALw_wcB
 
Something that arrived in the mail today from master smith Kevin Harvey and his lovely wife, and also master smith, Heather Harvey out of South Africa. I don't own many damascus forged knives but I am happy to have this somewhat unique integral forged design of theirs - all one piece damascus forged blade and handle with differential heat treat - Congrats to Heather for winning the Moran Silver Slipper award recently. Legends.

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I just picked up a twist damascus utility knife from them. It is fantastic, From F&F, grind, and all of it. I don't own a lot of damascus either but it is such a fantastic piece and finished ton perfection. They really are talented. Only ABS certified knife school on the Continent of Africa.
 
A pretty busy two weeks for me. Lots of outgoings and incomings (with a couple more on the way).

I thought it was fascinating to see how the gyutos performed side-by-side, and even attempted a cutting video that was unceremoniously interrupted by my toddler screaming for more raspberries. Will try again another time...

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