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Need Assistance Identifying my Japanese Chef Knives

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

I received this beautiful pair of Japanese chef knives as a wedding gift in 1999, but have since discarded the original packaging.

Due to a renewed interest, I am determined to identify the manufacturer. They are a 7" Usuba and an 8" Yanagi. I thought they might have been Kikuichi, but have since found out they are not.

 

I'd greatly appreciate anyone's insight here. Thanks.

 

 

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post #2 of 4

I want to say it's a Tojiro, their traditional series...which are more "artistic" with their brand etching..

http://tojiro.net/en/products/knives_j.html

 

could possibly be the blue paper carbon or judging by the lack of patina I'll assume it's the moly-vanadium stainless instead. Also, I can't tell from the photos whether it's the 2-layer moly or the single steel moly, which you should be able to see at the bevel line.

 

the 郎 on their wa handle knives look more like 房 to me though, which annoys me a bit :p

 

edit: forgot their traditional knives page has an english version :p


Edited by Wubu - 1/23/13 at 5:57pm
post #3 of 4

I think they might be early versions of what's now Tojiro's "Forged MV" series.  I'm not sure at all, but think they're made from something like AUS-8.  Ish. 

 

Don't plan on financing your kids' college educations by putting them up on e-bay.  They're entry level, not high end. 

 

BDL


Edited by boar_d_laze - 1/24/13 at 11:51am
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for your input.  Much appreciated.

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