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I need a BEAST!

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

Looking for a beast of a knife to cut lobster shell and other nasty things.


I'm thinking about a Tojiro DP Western Deba at 240mm.


I need a few good ideas.


I am open to all quality knife-makers.


Please throw me a bone. Thanks...

post #2 of 21

I have this thing- a very thick meat cleaver.  I split a lobster with it this week no problem.



post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 



You are saving me money with this idea.

post #4 of 21

Mostly it is my bone chopping beater knife.  It hasn't chipped so far, but if it does, it's carbon steel, so sharpening it isn't so hard (whereas sharpening VG10 on tojiro is more work).  Choppers like this you want to sharpen at a nice fat angle like 30 degrees per side

post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

I just bought one.


Not bad for 35.00


Great for the tool box....

post #6 of 21

this is what i chopped the lobster for http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/12/ginger-scallion-lobster-cantonese/


all about wok cooking this month

post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

I want to eat at your house. I'll even bring the lobsters.....

post #8 of 21

We have lobsters up here for $5.99/lb  right now :D

post #9 of 21

30deg/side is not only nearly indestructible, but keep the tip out of the heavy chopping and you'll still be able to slice chicken skin clean with it.  Of course you can also sharpen the tip area a little steeper too.




post #10 of 21

Gee I missed all the lobster talk, but yeh, lobster up here except the short in-season is a deal easily comparable to beef in Argentina.




post #11 of 21

My (already purchased) intended Lobster Splitter is a 275 mm Hiromoto SK4 steel western deba.  It's still sitting unused in the knife box, and I need to get around to passivating the SK4 (carbon steel - no stainless here!) with an appropriate Fe3O4 patina.  Weighs 480 grams, spine just forward of the bolster is 3.5 to 4 mm thick and my main problem so far has been convincing the family banker to allow me to spend the $127 (including shipping) to buy it.  Good thing I did get it - it was offered by JCK for only about 3 to 4 days before being sold out as part of the ongoing retirement of the Hiromoto artisan. 


To DrPartagas - If this is to be for the actual cutting of a lobster, then choosing the length of the blade should be dependent on how big a lobster you think you will ever get.  Splitting the lobster in a single cleave was the goal.  Most likely, the size of lobsters in the past probably was much larger than what is now or will in the future be available.  However, my choice of length (275 mm) of the Hiromoto was based as much upon fantasy as anything else.  I wanted the biggest, baddest hunk of thick knife I could get, if only for my ego - something that could handle maybe any lobster I might ever come across.  To each their own.



Galley Swiller

post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

I like big and bad hunks of steel too.....


In your world, do you initially split your lobster tail by cutting the hardened shell or do you turn it over and cut the soft belly underneath and then complete the split into 2 parts?

post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

I was initially thinking about a knife like you use but then MillionKnives had a cool spare part, $35.00, cleaver idea to be sent from Thailand.

Everyone need spare parts in the toolbox, right?

post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 

That Hiromoto SK4  is impossible to find.


Any idea which alternate knife-makers make a similar Western Deba 275mm jackhammer for lobster demolition work?


Where to find them?

I'm conducting research.

I have the cleavers covered.

post #15 of 21

I stab through the neck, then split the head.  Then either cut it up completely or just boil it whole.  The only time I do the half lobster is for grilling


post #16 of 21

Check this. I have the 240 mm. version, a beast:




Model# E-20
Name Honsho-Kanemasa E-series Yo-Deba 270mm
Blade Steel SK-4, High carbon steel (HRC : 60-62)
Handle Material Laminated wood
Blade Type Yo-Deba
Blade Length(mm) 270mm(10.63 inch)
Blade Thickness 4mm
Weight 400g
Our Price(US$) 149.00-






Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
Gebe Gott uns allen, uns Trinkern, einen so leichten und so schönen Tod! Joseph Roth.
post #17 of 21

For those REALLY tough tasks,  here is a carbon steel hatchet I picked up from JNS as a filler item.  Mostly it splits wood for my BBQ fire.  But I wouldn't be against taking it to a lobster or bones.



post #18 of 21

This is the garnish I made for that lobster dish.  It's a crab hehehe


post #19 of 21

i thought it was like a gecko at first

post #20 of 21

@MillionsKnives - what's that knife under the hatchet?  Looks like a good boning blade.


post #21 of 21

@Mike9 Itinomonn wa butcher.  Let's just say it is essential enough that I bought a backup on sale for $80 while I'm selling off redundant chefs knives left and right




This one is coming with me to Memphis in May!

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