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Decent Work Knives Mercer vs. Kai Wasabi

post #1 of 9
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Hey all,

I am looking for some good knives that I can use at work on a daily basis and stone sharpen when needed. I don't really want to spend more than 50 per knife. These knives are going to be something that will perform well and I can take anywhere. They will really be like beater knives but I do want them to be actually decent. I put mercer and Kai wasabi in the title because they have decent knives in the Japanese shapes which I prefer. Any comments on these two brands or any other brand recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 9

The KAI 4000 from Seki Mago Roku may also be another option as well as the Forschner/Victorinox line. I have the 10 inch Forschner

 and it works. At work I use a Dexter which works as well.


The Mercer Genisis line have thick heavy bolsters which is likely to get in the way when on stones. The Renaissance line is more stone friendly.

Edited by JohnR - 8/13/12 at 6:36pm
post #3 of 9

For less than 50$, in a Japanese style you're limiting yourself quite heavily.

The only ones I can think of are the Tojiro ITK line, which is just out of the 50$ budget, and carbon. I'm not sure how good they actually are either, F&F is supposed to be shocking on them. The Richmond Artifex is close too, again just above your budget. That knife comes fairly highly recommended, as does the Fujiwara FKM.


The only 'good' knives I can think of in your budget are Forschners and Dexters, but they both favour a German profile

post #4 of 9

F. Dick is what I use.

Shop on Ebay. Good luck finding decent tools for less than $100, maybe a paring knife.

Better to spend the money on a decent knife than deal with cheap ones.

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys I have decided on a tojiro dp 240mm wa gyuto and I will supplement that with some other tojiros and a knife from the mercer asian series. One last note does anybody know of a wa or japanese styled handled bread or serrated knife. Thanks for the responses.
post #6 of 9

How much do you use your bread knife? Having a wa handle on it makes it a 200$ knife. The only one I can think of, is a Shun bread knife

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You are a confusing man, you use your knives to work each day and only want to spend 50 dollars but want something "good". If cooking is your job you should swing the extra 50 to spend at least 100 to get a quality knife not some mercer stuff that culinary school kids use. THEN, you want a Japanese handled bread knife, ha, what the hell is that, there isnt even really bread in japanese cuisine, or do they make bread knives and bread knives are one thing you dont have to spend much money on. Why dont you get an ikea chef knife and a mercer bread knife and draw a japanese flag on it. you have your head in the clouds

post #8 of 9
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If you had read the rest of the post then you would have seen that I have purchased a tojiro chefs knife and I merely asked if here were wa handled bread knives because I prefer the look and feel of them versus western handled knives. I dont know why you acted so insecure and angry about a simple question. Your post was a waste of your time and in no way benefited this thread.
post #9 of 9

I was insecure because japanese bread bakers used to make fun of me as a little kid while waving  their o so common wa handled bread knives. You should invest in one, there is one made by this little heard of small company based out of Seki city called Shun. Seki city is known for their submarine sandwiches and foot long heroes along with various cheese covered steak and sausage sandwiches hence the need for finely hand crafted Premier quality Japanese bread knives. The cost is around 190 dollars for one of their bread knives which is a bargain and will for sure look handsome in your hands  while you harness the ancient powers of the virtuous japanese sandwich artisans of years long ago.

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