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looking to buy a chef knife/gyuto with japanese handle

post #1 of 13
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hi:)

 

i am looking for a good first chef up to 200 dollars.

in my experience with chef knifes i loved the shun's 8 inch chef knife(my father's)  but i heard they are over priced and you can get much better knife in their price.

 

what Japanese chef knife do you recommend me to buy?

post #2 of 13
How much less do you want to pay? What are you looking for in a knife? Have you read any of the hundred other posts from folks asking same question? That might be a good start for you to answer the questions about what YOU want.
post #3 of 13
P.s. I'd recommend you buy what you know and already love rather than something your not going to be sure of until you're already financially committed.
post #4 of 13

You also have to consider how you intend to sharpen it, as all dull knives are equal regardless of how much they cost or how sharp they are when they first come to you.  Lots of comments/posts mixed in there too.

 

What country you're in will also determine what you can get but, bottom line, for <$200 you can come away with a combination stone and knife that will make you forget your father's Shun.

 

 

Rick


Edited by Rick Alan - 4/5/15 at 12:31pm
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Originally Posted by Rick Alan View Post
 

You also have to consider how you intend to sharpen it, as all dull knives are equal regardless of how much they cost or how sharp they are when they first come to you.  Lots of comments/posts mixed in there too.

 

What country you're in will also determine what you can get but, bottom line, for <$200 you can come away with a combination stone and knife that will make you forget your father's Shun.

 

 

Rick

i live in israel but i order the knife from amazon/ebay etc. 

and about the stone i have no experience withe stone and i dont know if i should do this alone(is it hard to learn?)

post #6 of 13

In Israel you  have www.TCBLADES.com, but his prices went to the sky. For instance a simple kurouchi 240 mm. gyuto: $445, a price that includes a 15% discount already. Way too much.

Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
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post #7 of 13
Import tax, local VAT perhaps? In that case they may apply as well if you order yourself abroad.
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Import tax, local VAT perhaps? In that case they may apply as well if you order yourself abroad.

My budget is 200 USD without tax
post #9 of 13
Have a look at Japanesechefsknife.com for a great choice and very accommodating shipping rates.
See the Misono, Fujiwara and JCK Kagayaki series.
post #10 of 13
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/26036-knife-maintenance-and-sharpening/

will give you an idea of what sharpening is about. What you will need, is a stone in the 1000 grit range, Japanese standard JIS, and a 4000 one.
post #11 of 13

http://www.amazon.com/Tojiro-DP-Gyutou-8-2-21cm/dp/B000UAPQGS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428991092&sr=8-1&keywords=tojiro+dp

 

I can't say enough good things about this knife. Especially after I put it to my King 1000/6000 wetstone. I spend way too much time entertaining myself by cutting paper after I sharpen it.

post #12 of 13

The problem is that the OP wants a Japanese, or "WA" handle and the DP is a Western or "YO" handle.  

 

Check out http://global.rakuten.com/en/category/210216/  Pony up for EMS shipping if a vendor offers it and it applies to you.

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The problem is that the OP wants a Japanese, or "WA" handle and the DP is a Western or "YO" handle.  

 

Check out http://global.rakuten.com/en/category/210216/  Pony up for EMS shipping if a vendor offers it and it applies to you.


I find this on rakuten:

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/ehamono/item/as-s190/?s-id=borderless_browsehist_en

 

I was told that Echizen is one of several traditional centers of cutlery in Japan which has its own style called Echizen Uchi-hamono. This brand has a reasonable price (some people call it cheap) compare to the quality of the knife.

 

However, I was also recommended this gyuto:

http://www.z-enomoto.jp/knife.glestain.htm

 

The Glestain 818T and 818TK, the price of 818T is probably the same as the Echizen I mentioned above, both have 190mm blade. Glestain seem to be more popular than Echizen Marukatsu but I'm not very sure about the difference in term of quality, my friend who lives in Tokyo told me that Marukatsu is also a popular choice for those sushi chefs (well, Masamoto is always at the top) in Ginza.

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