I got the 240 blue dammy Y Tanaka from JNS - about 205 gm. I love that knife - really well made, excellent steel - no sign of chipping. I ordered the 270 blue dammy as well last week because the 240 blue me away. Maksim said the knife is not in good shape, has some chips and damage, and he is sending me a brand new Y Tanaka one arriving next week- a much better one according to himMy blue 1 dammy from JNS is not chippy I would say. Given how thin it is BTE I think it’s actually pretty tough. However, it also had slight overgrind issue near heel. I discovered the issue and fixed it during 1st sharpening. It was easy/quick to fix because it is so thin that there is no much steel to remove.
Those white Y Tanaka knives are an incredible deal right now at JNS. I was tempted, but already had ordered the blue Damascus 270Went for the Tanaka 240 - Shirogami 1 / close out sale. I will keep you informed, as soon as I will get the knife. Hopefully Maxim closes them out for not moving fast enough, and that there are no other issues with the blade. Shouldn´t it be satisfying, I am gonna try to return the knife. A microbevel might be a good idea. I asked Maxim about the sharpener, but have not gotten an answer yet.
Tanaka’s B1 via “Takada no Hamono” is a BEASTA much smaller factor i think. I always wanted to have a knife in Shirogami #1 - from the collectors point of view. I doubt that Shirogami #1 is the perfect match for gyutos, maybe more suitable for knifes where you treat the blade cautiously (Yanagiba etc. ) and where you don´t get hard contact on the cuttingboard. So Shirogami #2 might be the better choice for a gyuto. I already got the Munetoshi 240 in Shirogami #2 (stellar knife), so I could not resist to get a Tanaka at that price point. I have the Tanaka x Kyuzu blue #1 from Hitohira and I must say it is one of the finest edges I have. If Tanakas Shirogami #1 compares to his blue #1, all the better. The grind will be the big question. Never heard of the sharpener, don´t find anything about him on the web. It looks similar to the Hitohira "Yohei" in my opinion, but who knows for sure?
The 160 petty is otw to me! They sure look great. (Had to order some nagura 2 get shipping )Went for the Tanaka 240 - Shirogami 1 / close out sale. I will keep you informed, as soon as I will get the knife. Hopefully Maxim closes them out for not moving fast enough, and that there are no other issues with the blade. Shouldn´t it be satisfying, I am gonna try to return the knife. A microbevel might be a good idea. I asked Maxim about the sharpener, but have not gotten an answer yet.
This is one thing that drives me nuts in the Industry.Common wisdom is the difference between two very similar steels like white 1 and 2 is minuscule compared to the variation in heat treatment among makers. White 2 with an incredible HT would be preferable to white 1 with a pretty good HT. Go with the better blacksmith instead of the 'better' steel.