Watanabe Price Increase

Discussion in 'The Kitchen Knife' started by lemeneid, Jan 30, 2019.

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums by donating:

  1. Jan 30, 2019 #1

    lemeneid

    lemeneid

    lemeneid

    TFTFTFTFTF

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2018
    Messages:
    362
    Saw this on his website, everything's going up 15% on 1st March, so better stock up first. Just wanted to let everyone know :(

    Any other makers bumping up prices??
     
  2. Jan 30, 2019 #2

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,446
    Glad I already have 8 Watanabe knives and don’t need more...
     
    Bill13 likes this.
  3. Jan 30, 2019 #3

    Maccne0718

    Maccne0718

    Maccne0718

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2018
    Messages:
    51
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Have a couple Watanabe knives and thinking of getting one more now
     
  4. Jan 30, 2019 #4

    Ruso

    Ruso

    Ruso

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2013
    Messages:
    1,352
    Im glad I don’t to business with this man. He can increase the prices by factor of 1000, and I would not care.
     
    Chicagohawkie likes this.
  5. Jan 30, 2019 #5

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,310
    From what I’ve seen, thats on the lower side. Seen and heard 10 to 100 percent thus far on certain knives.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2019 #6

    Xenif

    Xenif

    Xenif

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2018
    Messages:
    951
    Here comes the crazy Watanabe buying train ......
    I just want that Nakiri
     
  7. Jan 30, 2019 #7

    Interapid101

    Interapid101

    Interapid101

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2017
    Messages:
    212
    If the price goes up that much, I don't see anyone choosing a Watanabe over a Toyama, except for maybe the nakiri.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2019 #8

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,310
    I no longer have any Wat blades. Never found them to my liking. All I know is 400 bucks for a Kasumi blade with a cheesy handle is going to drive people to other smiths.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2019
  9. Jan 30, 2019 #9

    Gregmega

    Gregmega

    Gregmega

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2017
    Messages:
    480
    Probably the wrong thread here, but I’m set to receive my first in Feb. so the handle is lousy?
     
  10. Jan 30, 2019 #10

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,310
    I don’t think he’s ever put a huge emphasis on handles. Standard handles were always very basic.
     
    Gregmega likes this.
  11. Jan 30, 2019 #11

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    6,968
    Keyaki handles are nice though.
    Also, carbonknifecompany has friendly wat prices.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2019 #12

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    Messages:
    1,122
    I've been staring at a KU 240 on their website for the last hour or so. I don't need it, but it's tempting...
     
  13. Jan 30, 2019 #13

    Cyrilix

    Cyrilix

    Cyrilix

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2019
    Messages:
    241
    Location:
    Canada
    The 270mm gyuto with ho wood and buffalo horn (pretty standard but decent handle) is only $360 USD. I wouldn't consider this to be a bad deal by any stretch. Not even close.
     
    stringer, Chicagohawkie and riba like this.
  14. Jan 30, 2019 #14

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,446
    Do it!
     
  15. Jan 30, 2019 #15

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Chicagohawkie

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,310

    Whoops, I hit a 5 instead of a 4. Frozen fingers!
     
  16. Jan 30, 2019 #16

    jacko9

    jacko9

    jacko9

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    553
    I purchased the Wat 180mm KU Pro Nakiri with the Saya and it's fantastic. I'm glad i got mine before the price increase. I also payed a little extra to get the buffalo horn instead of the plastic on the handle.
     
  17. Jan 30, 2019 #17

    esoo

    esoo

    esoo

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2018
    Messages:
    282
    I've been eyeing the Nakiri for a while, but at this point I'm potentially have to spend a bunch on car items so this is getting pushed to the back burner.
     
  18. Jan 30, 2019 #18

    jacko9

    jacko9

    jacko9

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    553
    I'm glad I got mine before I brought my MDX in for servicing - dam I hate that vehicle.
     
  19. Jan 31, 2019 #19

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Washington
    To play Devil's Advocate here:

    Even with an increase, Watanabe will still represent excellent value -- just my opinion, of course. I have the ballyhooed Nakiri, which absolutely lives up to reputation, and then a special petty I grabbed.

    Sure, we would all love to see prices never change, but, to be honest, the man has to make a living and provide for his.
     
    childermass likes this.
  20. Jan 31, 2019 #20

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Washington
    I did the math for fun.

    Current price of 180mm Nakiri in USD: About $211.
    With increase: $242.

    I mean, honestly, a top flight knife in its class for less than $250. Still a steal. Just sayin'
     
  21. Jan 31, 2019 #21

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Washington
    Handles are not his strong suit, at least in my limited experience. Honestly, you can probably get Jon to toss on something nice pretty easily if its a knife you covet.
    My petty has a sort of scratchy ho wood that I just don't care enough to replace.

    And I am definitely replacing the one that comes on the Nakiri, which has a plastic ferrule.
     
  22. Jan 31, 2019 #22

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    6,968
    I’ve read before that wat handles are the same as Toyama handles. They’re just basic handles.
     
  23. Jan 31, 2019 #23

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    305
    Really o no! maybe the same handles as on other J-knifes... This magnolia stuff with buffalo ferrule ???? I would never buy stuff like this :rolleyes: ....

    Greets Sebastian.
     
  24. Jan 31, 2019 #24

    labor of love

    labor of love

    labor of love

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    6,968
    I’m just trying to illustrate where on the handle quality spectrum wat handles fall.
     
  25. Jan 31, 2019 #25

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Washington
    The ho handles have buffalo and are fine. Nothing "nice," but acceptable. The pro series, unfortunately, comes standard with a decent wood, but plastic ferrule. . . sorta kills it.
     
  26. Jan 31, 2019 #26

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    305
    To go against this total fancy price increase i ordered some Watanabe blanks, and let them grind by Xerxes, one got a handle by Moosschmiede (one of germans finest knife makers !) , Saya by austrias upcomming Star WundererAmEisen and Finish by Suntravel (a knifenut with golden hands on grinding machines!) .....

    [​IMG]


    greets Sebastian.
     
  27. Jan 31, 2019 #27

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    ashy2classy

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2017
    Messages:
    1,122
    YOOOOO! That looks great! Did you just contact him to order the blanks?
     
  28. Jan 31, 2019 #28

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Elliot

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2019
    Messages:
    515
    Location:
    Washington
    Gorgeous!
     
  29. Jan 31, 2019 #29

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Sharpchef

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2016
    Messages:
    305
    This was just an idea for my community (german forum KMS) ... And if i say blanks i mean blanks... The blades i got from him where just heat treated... No Grind on them... And not cheap by any means but worth every cent if you like japanese steel, because Watanabe does the best HT in Japan for sure!

    Even his standart line outclasses other Shirogami knives by miles.....

    Greets Sebastian.
     
  30. Jan 31, 2019 #30

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Corradobrit1

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 2, 2015
    Messages:
    924
    Thats a strong statement. Love to know what makes you think this.
     

Share This Page