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Yeah, they’re not TF knives. It’s a new shop created by 2 ex-TF employees. I assume they’re very similar given that

Do they make their own laminated steel like TF does, rather than buying pre-laminated steels?

I thought the selling appeal of TF was super-high hardness steels that come from being manually laminated...

Also the previous poster pointed out that Isamitsu knives had not yet changed their prices yet, implying that they would copy of TF prices... but why would they do that if they are selling a different product entirely?
 

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Apparently other makers noted TF’s price hike and thought why not? 😂
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Do they make their own laminated steel like TF does, rather than buying pre-laminated steels?

I thought the selling appeal of TF was super-high hardness steels that come from being manually laminated...

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Yes ex-employees. But whether they’re the good or bad employees 🤔
Yhuki was supposedly one of the key ie most experienced, blacksmiths at TF before he left. Probably explains why things went to sh!t wabi-sabi-wise from Dec onwards
 

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denka western handles smell bad. guessing this is the same for all TF knives.

very plasticy and chemicaly smelling. my hand smells like it for a bit afterwards, too. it grosses me out slightly every time i use the knife. i have kind of a sensitive sense of smell, maybe.

aside from that, i love mine.
 
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denka western handles smell bad. guessing this is the same for all TF knives.

very plasticy and chemicaly smelling. my hand smells like it for a bit afterwards, too. it grosses me out slightly every time i use the knife. i have kind of a sensitive sense of smell, maybe.

aside from that, i love mine.
My wife is not home, so I was able to smell 4 Western Denka handles without inviting ridicule.

Two smelled like wood. One smelled like nothing. One had a tiny hint of plastic-y, never would have spotted it without getting my nose right up to it.

Of course different people are sensitive to different smells and tastes. I think I could detect 1 part in 1000 of Bragg's Amino Acids in a dish of food across the room. Then I would leave.
 

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i've only seen/had one TF. i forgot to mention that. and i guess maybe i wrongly assumed they all smelled like uncured epoxy.

but come to think of it, didn't someone sell a mab because they were having an allergic reaction to the handle or something? i'm not getting rid of mine over the handle. i still don't like how it smells though.
 
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Yhuki was supposedly one of the key ie most experienced, blacksmiths at TF before he left. Probably explains why things went to sh!t wabi-sabi-wise from Dec onwards
I don’t know if the wabi-sabi part is true. The 2 Denka I got in 2022 are both easier to fix than the Denka and Mab I got in 2020/2021. The older ones both had 2 super deep low spots that were difficult to flatten. One of them’s edge was twisted and both were not entirely centered. One of them’s cladding line was almost touching the edge here and there.

The 2 new ones I got in 2022 both have bevels that are easy to flatten. No deep low spot. Edge is centered. The core steel is very even and centered on spine as well. Cladding line is even and exposing proper amount of core steel. Even the western handle feels nicer. Maybe I got good old stock? They are both 5 mm thick and the specs are very similar to a 5 mm thick one that my friend got in 2021.
 

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Heey! I bought myself a 195 Denka Nakiri from Sharp Knife Shop. Great price and it only took 3 days to arrive here in Germany.

First of it cuts like a dream and i will keep it .. but *** is that week ass kanji and handle installation?! That Kanji is more visible in these pictures than in real life. Still happy about the purchase but man this kanji bothers me more than the crooked handle 🤪
Other than that the blade looks fine.

Excuse these bad pics btw, i might do more at daylight.

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Heey! I bought myself a 195 Denka Nakiri from Sharp Knife Shop. Great price and it only took 3 days to arrive here in Germany.

First of it cuts like a dream and i will keep it .. but *** is that week ass kanji and handle installation?! That Kanji is more visible in these pictures than in real life. Still happy about the purchase but man this kanji bothers me more than the crooked handle 🤪
Other than that the blade looks fine.

Excuse these bad pics btw, i might do more at daylight.

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That looks super thin bte for a Denka, looks like you win the TF lottery! The handle installation is not the worst I’ve seen on a TF
 

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That looks super thin bte for a Denka, looks like you win the TF lottery! The handle installation is not the worst I’ve seen on a TF
Yes i am really happy with the blade. 190mm cutting edge (200mm length if i measure at the top), 63mm height at the heel and 245g.
I just cut some really hard William Christ pears and i could cut them in half without tearing anything apart 👍

I might rehandle it in the future anyways, that doesnt bother me at all.
 
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Yes i am really happy with the blade. 190mm cutting edge (200mm length if i measure at the top), 63mm height at the heel and 245g.
I just cut some really hard William Christ pears and i could cut them in half without tearing anything apart 👍

I might rehandle it in the future anyways, that doesnt bother me at all.
I also have a 195 nakiri (yo handle though). It blew my mind how effortlessly it goes through food - I think of it as Chinese cleaver cutting power (and weight) in a nakiri shape
 

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That looks super thin bte for a Denka, looks like you win the TF lottery! The handle installation is not the worst I’ve seen on a TF
Looks good indeed. Slightly asymmetrical righty favoured but else quite nice.
At least it's straight out of the handle:LOL:
 
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Heey! I bought myself a 195 Denka Nakiri from Sharp Knife Shop. Great price and it only took 3 days to arrive here in Germany.

First of it cuts like a dream and i will keep it .. but *** is that week ass kanji and handle installation?! That Kanji is more visible in these pictures than in real life. Still happy about the purchase but man this kanji bothers me more than the crooked handle 🤪
Other than that the blade looks fine.

Excuse these bad pics btw, i might do more at daylight.

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This looks super thin behind the edge. Maybe the thinnest I've ever seen on a denka except for a couple of custom ones. Seems like they got a new guy grinding the knife. How's the distal taper on the spine? What's the spine thickness at handle and in the middle? It looks good from your picture as well.

The handle installation is funny indeed. Watching that choil shot bothers me. lol
 
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