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Knife Reccomendations

post #1 of 9
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Hi, I know many have posted similar questions and i'm sorry if this is aswell.

I currently use a forschner fibrox chefs knife and I find it ok. I like the feel of the handle and the overall weight but i find it, due to its balance to be "slow" and I find it doesn't hold an edge very long. I am looking for something a little nicer, most likely a Japanese knife in the sub 150 range. So far these have interested me:

KANETSUGU Pro M
Togiharu Molybdenum
Misono Molybdenum
MAC Professional

Which, out of these would you recommend, or are there alternatives you might suggest?
Thanks
post #2 of 9
I use, and like, the MACs
Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #3 of 9
Togiharu and MAC are often said to be the best "bargain" Japanese knives around. I have not used either one, so I can only pass on what I've read -- but I will say that the guys I hear from are lunatics who try every knife and know a lot about them.

In carbon steel, the Togiharu almost certainly wins, but if you want stainless it's rather less clear-cut (as it were).
post #4 of 9
Chris, this is where most of us can really use your help. You have access to numerous knives and products as a matter of course. In the states we can only patronize importers who "pre-select" the items they wish to sell.

For example, if a client wants an 'upscale knife,' he might buy an Hattori. If he was watching his pennies he might select a Tojiro. That might be all we know.

The reason is rather clear cut. Even the most established importers might not carry a full line of items, but only the items that appeal to most of the American market.

I think this is changing as we seek out better knives. But certainly several times per week I come across a knife or a manufacturer (cutler) I have have never seen before.

Keep slugging. We all like to see new stuff!
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks for the input, I actually ended up going with the Fujiwara FKM
post #6 of 9
I think Chris left Kyoto last month...IIRC he's currently stateside.
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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post #7 of 9
...and I hope he brought me a whole steamer trunk full of new toys...:lol:
post #8 of 9
Well, yes. At least, I await them -- coming in a couple weeks. About a thousand bucks worth of knives, and a couple hundred of stones. All of which would be marked up by 50%-125% if bought in the states, of course.
post #9 of 9
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