Where did you bough your Konosuke?
Maybe I'll find some other brand to look into, or find some of the knives you talk about previously.
I was looking at JCK Kagayaki VG-10 (ES) SERIES, are they good or should I consider other brands?
If you do decide to go for a Hiromoto Gin-3, please be advised that availability of Hiromoto knives is limited to stock on hand. The owner of the company, Futoshi Nagao, had been running a "one-man-shop", and did not have either a son or an apprentice to continue the business. Since he is 78 years of age, his retirement means that once the existing stock of Hiromoto knives has been sold, then no more will be available.
This is not to say that the knives have any fault - they have gotten very good reviews - but that if you want to buy one, then you should make the decision while they are available.
That's a shame! Hiromoto knives are great for the price. I don't have any anymore but I might need to grab one while I still can.
I agree with Benuser about the Hiromoto Damascus. Besides being more expensive and the VG-10 edge being more finicky to sharpen, it is simply not as good a cutting edge as either GIN-3 or AS (Aogami Super Steel).
If I had to make a decision on the 3 series, my choice for sharpness would be the AS series. My choice for ease of maintenace would be the GIN-3 series. I personally would not consider the Damascus VG-10 series, unless I intended to keep it unused and either as a display-only knife or as a potential investment (though that last "use" is problematic, what with the large number of Damascus blades floating around nowadays).
Hmmm...Benuser, not so sure a fast cutter is good for a novice. Could screw up the edge easily in a couple of bad passes.
Other #1000-1200 stones:
King Deluxe #1000 (used by Murray Carter).
Bester #1200 (i have it, my favorite).
Chocera Naniwa Super Stone #1000 (i have it, very good but not so easy to work stone)
Naniwa Aotoshi #2000 (also known as Green Brick of Joy).
Sigma Power #1000 (was a favourite among sharpeners some years ago)
Shapton Glass Stone #1000 (i have it, i do not recommend it).
Gesshin #1000 Extra large Stone (by Japanese Knife Imports, a big, expensive stone that could last generations).
There're many other stones. For the value, the King and the Bester. Just an opinion of course, as there's a love affair between sharpeners and stones that you must learn by yourself.
If i had the money i would love this beauty:
Perfect lenght (in my opinion a petty should not be short) and $246 at Japanese Knife Imports.
On which site can I buy a Konosuke HD2? I did not see a lot of site offering Konosuke's knives.
I am still hesitating between Kagayaki, Hiromoto and Misono.
Regardless of what I am going to choose I think I will buy a Konosuke along 2 wet stones.
If you have anymore advices I will glady read them.
Is Tôshô Knife Art is a good website our should I stay away from it?
I am currently looking at JCK for the knives and the wet stone, but saddly they don't have any Konosuke.
As my dilema is still the same between the Misono, Kagayaki and Hiromoto, I wanted to check if there is a good website offering Konosuke.
But still it's not like I have to get my hand on a Konosuke, but rather finding refine and sharp blades I can keep around for a while.
Tosho is good although currently out of stock of all the konosukes I was looking for. The exchange rate works well for me in the US. In France, I'm not sure what you'd pay in import taxes and VAT. Another option is buying from the konosuke website direct. It's all in japanese, but you can find your way through if you translate the webpage in google chrome. If you email them what you want, it will be faster than through Tosho probably and might be cheaper from Japan than Canada.
I have just ordered the Tenmi Jyuraku Damascus Petty TD-1L on JCK. I wanted an AS or a Gin 3 but they were both out of stock so I took the Damascus.
The plan is to order the whetstone as soon as I get some money. I wanted to buy 2 whetstones also on JCK, but I will investigate on the forum to find interesting alternatives if there are.
In the near future I might buy 1 or 2 Konosuke directly from Japan, because their shipping fees are quite expensive and a friend of mine is going there so she will be alble to buy them directly for me.
Thus, I just wanted to thank you all for helping me finding my first high quality japanese knife.