What's your favourite knife brand/maker and why?

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  1. Feb 22, 2020 #1

    JayS20

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    Hey guys,
    I'm really interested in what knife brands you like and why?
    Do you like said knife brand because of its fit and finish? Their edge retention, their heat treatment, their balance between cutting performance and food release, their grind or profile...?
    Excited to hear from you, especially from those who tried lots of different brands.
    Julian
     
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    These threads keep popping up all the time, and my response is still the same.

    TF, Toyanabe and Yoshikazu Tanaka. Haven't found knives better than these for a long time now.
     
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    Started with Japanese makers and love them. Recently discovered Western makers and LOVE them: Xerxes, Kamon, Dave Martell, Devin Thomas, Robin Dalman, Mathias Ekman, and so many more!

    Today‘s choice:
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    This is weird answer since I don't currently own any, but probably shigeki tanaka, best bang for buck IMO.

    From the ones I have currently, today it's mazaki. Tomorrow maybe something else.
     
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    My current favorite maker is Nao Yamamoto. I don't know his history or why he never caught on, but it's kept his pricing more modest than his peers. His knives just resonate well with me.

    The AS kiritsuke is my daily workhorse. 5mm spine that tapers beautifully. Food release still makes me smile. Extra weight is great in hand. If I get started on my SG2 suji, I'll write an essay.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. Some might be tired of threads like these but I find it interesting and informative. There are quite some knife makers I want to try out if my budget allows it. But I'm especially interested in the aspects of why you like them so much?
     
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    I like the weight, profile and geometry of my mazaki ku gyuto. Beef at spine, great distal taper, thin tip, thin behind the edge. Just right amount of height and lenght. It's complete package.
     
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    Watanabe and Heiji. @JayS20 check out my carrot videos
     
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    I've been in this hobby for 15 years now and have tried lots of knives. My favorites are Carter and Rader. My Kramer was amazing until I sold it. Love my japanese knives but the above are my favorites.
     
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    Said no one, ever, until here and now, ‘check out my carrot videos’.
     
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    right now for me its Dalman. I have a honyaki gyuto in uhb20c and just received an aebl gyuto. they have somewhat different profiles and “personalities” but complement each other very well. as a combo, its hard to imagine them being outperformed. the uhb20c is a beefier knife with a fantastic grind. the aebl is a precision 240 with an s grind and an amazing tip.
     
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    Western: Halcyonforge and Raquin. Both for the visuals, the grinds, and the steel. And the willingness to keep getting better.

    Japanese:

    Watanabe: my favorite all around users, really hard blue 2, super good grind, and the edge profiles are perfect for me. Fit and finish and aesthetics being an afterthought here. One of the best bang for buck even when they're not in the "cheap" category.

    Kato: grind, profil, and the romance/rarity part too. Not for the fit and finish [emoji23].

    Shigefusa: Fit and finish, beauty, incredibly even grind, and very nice to sharpen steel.

    Best bang for buck: Shigeki Tanaka (especially the ginsan). You get big buckets performance and steel for quite cheap and the only cost is fit and finish I think.
     
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    Grind: Mizuno & watanabe
    Profile: mario
    Steel: heiji & Fujiwara white#1
    Value: heiji
     
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    Would have been strange for you not to mention Kato and Shigefusa ;)
    Really enjoy not only your knife but also stone collection. Keep it up and keep making me envious.
     
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    Didn't you mess with Mario profile or was it the grind, I forgot.
     
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    Shihan.
    My answer might be different tomorrow.
     
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    It was Marko profile I modified, Mario profile was absolutely perfect
     
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    Got it, had my Mar boyz all mixed up. Still need to try me a Mario in my preferred size one of these days. I had one a few years back and wasn't blown away even though it was OK. Need to try another. Anyone has a 235-245x52-55 they want to trade for:LOL:
     
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    Fujiwara Yoshiaki Kato for the awesome grind.

    Actually I have to rate the Konosuke Fujiyama B#2 right up near the top. I have a 210mm Gyuto with a high bevel grind that I got several years ago and a 240mm B#2 FT which is a very nice thinner convex grind that is now my favorite knife.

    Watanabe Professional series with Blue#2
     
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    Would have gotten a Miz if only they weren’t righty biased
     
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    Yeah that's a huge bummer for y'all wrong handed folk, that would drive me nuts only able to get 50/50 grinds..
     
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    Chuckles has my old one, reach out to him for a rental. The heat treat is kinda funny, feels meh lower grits but feels amazing on aizu, like stupid good as if it's in perfect harmony with that grit level. The size was custom 250x52 or something like that. It really is the perfect all around knife.
     
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    Toyama and Konosuke Fujiyama FM (Y. Tanaka blacksmith) are my favorites currently. Both great all around midweight gyutos (my Toyama is stainless-clad). Both have a thin tip, relatively thin behind the edge and get super sharp, good food release, some flat spot toward the heel (more so on the Toyama). Great fit and finish on the Fujiyama. And, I enjoy the idea that the Toyama reflects the experience of a craftsmen with many decades of experience, still at his craft.

    I just got a Jiro Tsuchime today and only cut one onion so far, but this may be a contender as well. On the heavy side (260 g "workhorse"), thin tip, nice long flat spot in the back, tall, and beautiful fit and finish. I also appreciate Jiro's personal touch, his tendency to do more by hand than many others, and that it's single authorship - always impressive when one person can bring so many skills together.
     
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    I'ma have to go with Shibata ... while I had considerably more expensive and arguably more fun knives, my kotetsu bunka has never been beaten in terms of pure cutting performance.
     
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    Toyama. I've loved a lot of knives over the years, but that love always fades (or at least fluctuates) with time. My Toyama 270 iron clad gyuto, however, just feels better and better every time I use it.
     
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    Yo Honyaki: Ashi Honyaki
    Honyaki Wa: Comet, however the Mizuno Honyaki I saw today might just dethrone the Comet..

    San Mai Yo: TF Denka
    San Mai Wa: Kiyoshi Kato WH 210 w/burnt chestnut handle
     
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    I'm definitely eyeing Shihan. Vat and duty just sucks for Germany since I'm paying an additional 28%. What do you like about them so much?
     
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    Everything from handle to grind to KU finish to the way the steel is treated. I also just like shihan and his story.
     
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    A very underrated part of why we like certain makers.
     
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    I've read positive comments about shihan work and ordered a custom from him. I was suprised that the waiting time is only a few months. The KU finish looks great from the photos.
     
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