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Carl Kotte

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My appetite for trying knives doesn’t seem to end. What can I say, I’m curious guy. Lately, I’ve been lucky to participate in a few passarounds. Additionally, some generous members in my part of the world will be sending me some cool stuff to try out. Since loaners seem to be passing between the hands of members on KKF quite generally, I thought it would be nice to assemble pictures, thoughts or anecdotes about it in a thread. I’ll have something to post in a few days. I hope you’ll have something to contribute with sooner than that. 😁
 

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Gyuto from Heldqvist smide. 26c3 core, san mai, 178 grams, 53 mm at the heel, 235-40 blade lenght, very slight taper.
Very interesting and cool knife. The profile is very flat. And so are the wide bevels. Takes a patina in no time.
 

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Gyuto from Heldqvist smide. 26c3 core, san mai, 178 grams, 53 mm at the heel, 235-40 blade lenght, very slight taper.
Very interesting and cool knife. The profile is very flat. And so are the wide bevels. Takes a patina in no time.
Cool looking blade. That is light, almost laser.
 

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Cool looking blade. That is light, almost laser.
Yeah, I’m not entirely sure, but given the thin spine (not much taper), overall thinness and weight I would say you’d right. It looks massive but it feels really light.
 

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Thanks to the great generosity of @IsoJ I got to try these heavy hitters:
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One hunter valley blade and (Edit:) a CUSTOM Kamon. My impressions so far are very very positive. These are some well-made and very cool knives.
 
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Thanks to the great generosity of @IsoJ I got to try these heavy hitters:
ne hunter valley blade and a first generation Kamon production knife. My impressions so far are very very positive. These are some well-made and very cool knives.
That looks like a "real" Kamon and not one of his production run knives, which have one piece handles.
 

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The production knives also have little or no taper = efficient stock removal.

The one you're trying should be forged to shape with lots of extra yumminess....
 

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You’re giving me more and more reasons here for editing my original post. This is the first time I’ve tried a Kamon and I obviously don’t know much about it; except that it’s loaded with yumminess 🥳
 

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Really? Don’t they have stupid thin tips, at least?
Yes, thin tips, but I should have said "little or no taper compared to his forged knife".
I think one way he engineered down the cost of the production knives was to design around the appropriate stock steel to minimize the amount of grinding.
The 2nd batch has more taper!!

This might interest you:
http://instagr.am/p/CCsaKa5jh7w/
 
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Ah yikes, I’m clueless here. You’re probably right though, but We have to Ask @IsoJ
The production line has pom(I believe some sort of synthetic material)handle. It is custom made like @parbaked earlier said. I had the first gen. production knife, It was good knife but this has little bit more in every section and feels a lot different knife.
 
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Takada 270 (250mm edge)

Do you have any other closer shots? Looks like you raised the tip? Nice job on getting rid of all the rough surface finish!

Edit: Scratch that... just saw... Takada... not Takeda 😉
 
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I've been lucky enough to test out a Kato workhorse and a Kato standard back-to-back for the last week. I can see why these knives are so hyped up. Very fun knives to use.

I'm actually a bit surprised on the similarities. I can't tell any difference in the grind or geometry. The WH has a different profile and has a more upswept tip.

I think i give the nod to the standard, as it just feels a little better in my hand.

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I gave my initial thoughts on the Takada in the Takada thread, I'm reserving a more thorough judgement until I put some more mileage on it but so far very positively impressed.
 

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A pair of Kemadis on loan from @preizzo View attachment 88923
On the first attempt I failed to make them murdersharp (so I didn’t honor the maker and designers), but I plan to make them 😈😈 before returning them. Really wellmade and hefty stuff. Can’t wait to Bang the board with them.
The right one looks like a real deal 🤟
 
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