What were your first three and last three non-Japanese knives acquired?

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  1. Nov 7, 2019 #1

    Qapla'

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    This one's inspired by DitmasPork's thread here about Japanese knives.

    I'll start.
    First three and also last three so far, until I start a foray into high-grade western knives:
    1. Messermeister Meridian chef's knife. My first high-quality kitchen knife.
    2. F-Dick 1905 paring knife. My current paring knife to this day.
    3. Not a knife: The infamous "DICK POLISH" honing-rod.
     
  2. Nov 7, 2019 #2

    Corradobrit1

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    1st 3
    Comet, Comet, Comet

    Last 3
    Comet, Comet, Comet

    Thats right I only have 3 non Japanese knives. I did briefly own a Xerxes Primus II but returned it. Should have another couple very shortly......
     
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    First

    1: Rada Cutlery 420j2 Santoku
    2: Rada Cutlery 420j2 3 inch Parer
    3: Old Hickory 7 inch Butcher

    I went directly from there to a Masakage Yuki 210mm gyuto. (I have a a dozen gyutos on hand at this point.)

    Recent: Only a 9 inch Au Carbone K-Sab with an olive wood handle. If this knife were 58/60 hrc rather than 52/54 and had a convex grind with no full bolster it would probably be my "one knife". Love the profile and the handle is freaky comfortable (ugly as sin though). I even like the chunky grind and not anemic edge. Feels like I can slay goblins...

    Next three: IDK but I think it is time for a custom.
     
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  4. Nov 7, 2019 #4

    Eloh

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    started my High End knife journey with Japanese Knives...

    1 . Xerxes 280mm 1.2442 Mono
    2. KMS 255mm 1.2562 Mono
    3. Comet 230mm 52100 Mono

    latest:
    1. Antzenberger 260mm 125SC Honyaki
    2. Raquin 280mm 145SC San Mai
    3. LE 250mm 1.2519 Mono
     
  5. Nov 7, 2019 #5

    dafox

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    I will watch with interest to see which custom you get.
     
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    First three: victorinox serrated bread/utility knives and 1 8" chef knife

    Last three: vintage wusthof carbon re-issue 9" chef's, 3.5" carbon paring knife, <--- (sold as a set), wusthof ikon 8" chef's, zwilling pro 2.75" trimming paring knife
     
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    First three were my first knives ever:
    1. Henckles pro s 8 inch chef's knife
    2. Victorinox bread knife
    3. Robert herder pairer

    Last 3 are something I'm excited about, as I haven't received 2 of them yet, and the third is a my favorite knife of all the ones I own, even more so with the story behind it.
    1. Matus 180mm petty
    2. Sabatier NOS 10 inch chef knife
    3. Sabatier NOS 3 inch pairer
     
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    First three:
    Old stock K Sabatier 11” chef
    Latham and Owen 11” narrow chef
    CCK 1303 cleaver

    last three:
    Gude 8” bread knife
    Bryan Raquin 250mm gyuto
    Tilman Leder Niolox 255mm gyuto

    of note is that it took a minute for me to remember that neither the Chinese knife nor the Western made gyuto are Japanese, lol
     
  9. Nov 8, 2019 #9

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    First Three:
    Zwilling Mungsten Damast 8"
    Narra Yangiba 400mm
    Aura "The one"

    Last Three:
    Bloodroot 240mm
    Gambler Customs Damascus Waikiri
    Gambler Customes 8" San Mai
     
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    First Three:
    victorinox 8" boning
    victorinox 9" scimitar
    Not sure if it counts but Global 9" chefs

    Last three:
    DP 210mm Gyuto
    raquin suji 270mm
    raquin 270mm gyuto
     
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    bahamaroot

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    I haven't bought 6 non-Jknives....
     
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    First (circa 2016): Wusthof Classic Ikon

    Last (2019): Comet 26c3 Honyaki Gyuto, 220x52mm

    looking to fill in the other 4 spots with makers like Tsourkan (soon), Nguyen (lol), and more Comet (hope).
     
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    I'm not including Japanese style knives from Western smiths in this category.

    First 3 (many years ago):
    Wustie Trident 16cm chef.
    Wustie Trident 20cm chef.
    Mundial knife block set.

    Last 3 (more recent purchases to do jobs that I won't use good knives for):
    Victorinox 5" boning knife ("lamb knife", also used for chicken).
    Cheap stainless western cleaver (I think the brand is "DDog").
    Victorinox non serrated steak knife (used to cut veggies from the garden). Actually, I think this one has been lost.
     
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    1st and only 3 thus far, three from culinary school, mercer bread knife, wusthoff pairing, and 7 in santoku. Great beaters. Very interested in a few western makers, when the funds allow, eventually.
     
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    First ones: stainless Sabs, 30 years ago
    Last ones: vintage carbon Sabs, Robert Herders, Pallarès Solsona.
     
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    First good knives I bought were stainless Henckels, maybe 35 years ago. Can't remember exactly, but it was probably a paring knife, 6" utility and a chef knife. I think I still have the utility knife; it's in the "guest knives" block. I have a Wusthof heavy cleaver in the knife drawer and it gets used occasionally, but it wasn't one of my first three.

    The last three non-Japanese knives were the two matched, cheap Chinese cleavers for 2-hand protein chopping (is it cheating to count them as two, or that they aren't "Western"?), and a Wusthof paring knife bought around 10 years ago, before I got into my current Japanese knife phase.

    I know there is a world of high-end Western kitchen knives out there, but with limited funds, I haven't felt a strong urge to explore it. I've spent time learning what I like in the Japanese range of makers and knife types, so the next purchases will probably be another Japanese knife.
     
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    Carl Kotte

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    First three:
    1. Wüsthof Dreizack 230
    2. Victorinox bread saw 270
    3. Vic paring

    Last three:
    1. Dick carbon 200
    2. Dick high-carbon ss 230
    3. Henckell carbon 210
    IMG_3773.jpg
    Det vardagspolerade ollonet.
     
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    Spyderco Mule Team - M390
    Spyderco Mule Team - Elmax

    Last 3:
    Kramer Damascus 8" Chef
    Mercer 8" Gyuto NSF
    Victorinox Fibrox 8" Chef NSF
     
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    First 3: Wustof, Sabatier, Sabatier—chef, chef, petty; stainless, carbon, carbon.
    Last 3: Kippington, Tsourkan, Tsourkan—all gyutos in 52100.
     
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    First 3
    Wousthof chef8”
    Wousthof 6” vegetable knife
    Wousthof 10” slicer
    Last 3
    Tsourkan workhorse Gyuto 215mm
    Tsourkan workhorse Sujihiki 300mm
    Tsourkan western Sujihiki 250mm
     
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    First 3
    Can't remember exactly but pretty sure they were culinary school F Dicks
    Last 3
    Marko 355 scimitar
    Mario 250 wa gyuto
    Tristone 190 wa petty
     
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    How did you get that Dick carbon?
     
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    EBay Germany a couple of months ago. It looked terrible (well, in a sense it still does, but it’s way better now).
     
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    Love it. Thanks!
     
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    Carl Kotte

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    You’re most welcome. If you’re on the hunt they do show up at eBay.de from time to time. You seldom have to pay more than 35€.
    This one was a bit special. It has a nogent-style handle, a Sabatier Lion profile and it is a little flexible due to its thinness. Not sure if it is intended as a chef’s knife or a filleting knife.
     
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