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Though just like the wall street guru's disclaimer that past experience is no guarantee of the future my expectations are that there will not be any major changes in currency exchange, but either way I would not expect to see the typical yearly increases in prices (everyone in business looks forward to those lol) go away anytime soon.In my personal knife rack the age ranges from 2-5 except one much older odd ball, and I see them all selling higher used now than I paid...
I'm not avoiding the question but if you get bored and have extra time there are countless "good" threads here on the topic of lower cost j knives, and many including the one in my signature that address some of the differences and how to help one determine how to find what's best for them. That said a lot to do with making a good suggestion or even decision has to do with your technique, experience, and personal preference. If you don't like or feel comfortable with a...
Excellent point!I wouldn't suggest this for pro/commercial use and I have since brought it back closer to factory angles but when I first got mine a few years back I exaggerated the asymmetry and reduced the total angle quite a bit and the resulting effortless cutting was amazing for what is considered an entry level knife.Though it wasn't as practical after it became more of a utility or second choice after I added the Konosuke etc (preferred it not to be as aggressive or...
Don't forget to post your thoughts and results.
Though there are many good suggestions here so far ( I totally agree with the Tojiro DP and Fujiwara FKM as the best choice for inexpensive entry level etc) I am believing from what you have posted the underlying cause of your friends problems may be from multiple issues. A good sharp knife is a must and a step in the right direction, and the final choice if any of the Japanese knives recommended should help initially at least as that should deal with the dull knife...
I have to agree with the idea of upgrading to a higher end or nicer wood, but personally don't have as large an opinion on the handle style when it comes to a gyuto as say with a petty or slicer where you are always holding the handle etc.
I always liked the hammered look, but I hope that handle color grows on you lol I remember you saying something about going against the grain or popular opinion in a previous post, and this does support that statement that's for sure. Hope you enjoy it!
Tom, isn't it fun finding your way through all of this lol. We all seem to find our own way eventually, and from what I have seen those of us who put in the time seem to be happy with the outcome more often. The last few knives pictured were all very nice ones, but like mentioned earlier I wouldn't want to scratch any of them up developing my sharpening skills. I'm sure if I was still in the trade it wouldn't be an issue but I still shake my head at some of the...
agree on both accounts. Also wonder if I would have made the same decision on this brand today being the cost is considerably higher now (over $100+ increase on the one I have does change things).
Millions I think how you describe the Shirogami is not only popular but part of why I'm intrigued but also not comfortable to suggest it as a first j knife purchase. Just too many options to chance leaving a noob with a bad taste (pun absolutely intended). Funny you thought the Konosuke was something different since that was what I first thought also and actually was reluctant at first because ultimately it was a decision based on availability and not my first choice,...
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