Tanaka Gyuto where to buy?

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  1. Jun 10, 2016 #1

    Ruso

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    Last knife I bought was a samll Tanaka 185mm gyuto in Blue #2 (damascus) from Metal Master. I love this little guy so much that I would like to buy a big brother (240mm). However it looks like metalmaster is dropping the ball, and does not have much selection any more.
    Any idea where I can still buy similar Tanaka knive, I don't care for damascus, for a decent price? I would prefer not to go with the one you cannot name store.

    Thanks for any tips.
     
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    Cleancut.se has some in Stock (one with an amazing ebony handle with silver spacer)
    For the ebony one you to email him and ask for it.
     
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    Email james and ask when he's doing his next batch. Same price point as the devil. But comes with polished spi e and choil and a way nicer handle. I have two tanakas from him one with a nice walnut and brass handle the other with a nice bubginda and brass handle. I think they were $150-$170 usd for a 240.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2016 #4
    As I (and others) have said, Takeshi does not adhere to the Western expectations that your hand will be held throughout the transaction. I have ordered over half a dozen knives from MetalMaster and all of them have arrived in due time. Yes, his stock levels fluctuate, as does every dealer in Japanese knives. He has just restocked the 240 damascus blue #2t: http://www.metalmaster-ww.com/product/33 Whether a KU finished one will show up is anyone's guess.

    Rick
     
  5. Jun 10, 2016 #5

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    Under a different name?
     
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    I believe has the same name on it😊
     
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    It came with a wooden box, better fit and finish also
     
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    O owned one of these and other was also more like a workhorse instead of a laser.
    The Tanaka R2 was definitely a laser compared to this one
     
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    preizzo, did not know about this site. Thanks m8.

    Godslayer, who's James?

    Pensacola Tiger, f-cking A! I cant believe I overlooked his stock.Did not see that one. Million thanks.

    Perhaps somebody knows if his VG10 series is as good as Blue #2?
     
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    James = knivesandstones.com; the specific knife is here
    re: vg10 or blue2: its stainless v. carbon, so...its not apples to apples.
     
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    Just not seeing it on the site, though it's hard to navigate since it's not in English!
     
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    I just ordered a blue 2 kurouchi 180 from MetalMaster...with shipping it was $59...will likely need a bit of work, but if it cuts half as well as the others I've had it will be quite the knife.
     
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    I can't speak to the standard one, but James' one at K&S is awesome. To the point I'm sad he doesn't offer a matching 150mm petty.
     
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    The one from cleancut.se has a wooden box. The knife it s different from the one who mm selling.
    Slightly Thicker, taller and heavier. More like a workhorse.
    I sold mine because I purchased a kato otherwise I would never sell it.
     
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    That's actually really odd. The weight does seem different from it's listed, the MM one is lighter.
     
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    MM listed weight makes no sense at all (never has)..blue 2 dammy will be same grind with possibility of different handles, etc...my blue 2 240 was 55mm @ heel and 209g after a few sharpenings and a thinning...again, same knife.
     
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    Yes different knives.
    I prefer the one from cleancut.se
    That why I sold my tanaka r 2, was amazing knife just to light for my taste. 😄
     
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    How was the handle from cleancut.se is it any better than the standard version?
     

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