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Thread Starter 
I've had my knife set for a while it's a few mercer knives that I got as a gift and have been using at work since. Some coworkers tell me to get better knives when I get some money saved up and I've been looking online and the miyabi brand has popped up almost every time I look online. Does anyone have any suggestions on what brands or where I can get a set of knives that will last me without having to sharpen often.
post #2 of 15
What is your price range?
Have you looked into Tojiro DP knives?
post #3 of 15
Just noticed your location. I'm headed there this weekend incidentally.
Do you ever swing over to Austin? Metier cooks supply is a great place to get kitchen stuff and look at excellent knives in person. Don't know if there is a similar place in Dallas.

Edit: Metier's got some Misono, Suisin, Togiharu, as well as JKI offerings like Gesshin Uraku and Kochi that you can see in person. As well as custom maker stuff *drools*
Edited by foody518 - 5/31/16 at 7:49pm
post #4 of 15

Welcome to cheftalk Roger.

 

Both the Geshin Kagero and Tojiro powdered metal line score top points, and they are both about the same price.  I have a Kagero, and after a few sharpenings to get past the "factory edge," it simply laughs at the cutting board.

 

Myabi is not the best choice for you as it is SG2 and pretty chippy, not as tough and won't have the edge retention of the other 2.

 

All 3 are a breeze to sharpen.  They may be hard but they abrade pretty well on the stones and there's not much of a burr to struggle with.

 

 

 

Rick

post #5 of 15

Roger if you know your way around stones then the Tojiro DP series is great bang for the buck.  As mentioned once you get past the factory edge and raise a bur - (the only tough part of sharpening VG-10) sharpening will be easy.  http://www.chefknivestogo.com has some really good prices on that and some other lines.  Check their "resources/closeout section for discounted items.  The Richmond Artifex series is great, but you'll need to sharpen to your liking.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks I've actually been looking this brand up and they seem like great knive
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
"I'm actually going to austin in July for a weekend and I might have to check it out. Thanks again!"
post #8 of 15

You can't beat the DP for value, Amazon sells them dirt cheap and they're a huge leap past the Mercers.  VG-10 holds a serviceable edge really well, and if I were a line cook I'd be perfectly happy with it.  If you'd rather not break the bank right now then that's the one to go for.  But nothing holds a sharp edge like the powdered steels.

post #9 of 15
Artifex I feel is only bang for the buck if the buyer then wants to and is able to put in a couple of hours on the coarse+ extra coarse stones thinning it out and resetting the bevel afterwards. As of last year mine and one I got for a friend as a better practice knife still came with huge shoulders. It takes extra work to go through foods like the Tojiro does OOTB, though after the work the thinner tip due to some distal tapering is nice.
post #10 of 15
Considering that you seem to be more familiar with less expensive (and likely) European style knives, many of the Japanese style knives with thinner edges and harder steels will give you a massive boost in performance. As others have stated, the Tojiro dp with vg10 will put you miles ahead of what you are used to. But all knives including those made with "super steels" such as zdp189, hap40, m390/cts20cvn etc. will eventually need to be resharpened. Steel is only part of the equation. Your cutting geometry, cutting surface, and carelessness will be as much as a factor in edge retention as the steel. Get a cheaper stone and start practicing on your old k Ives once you get some new ones. A simple fine ceramic steel will help keep your edge for a much longer time.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by chucknduck7 View Post

Considering that you seem to be more familiar with less expensive (and likely) European style knives, many of the Japanese style knives with thinner edges and harder steels will give you a massive boost in performance. As others have stated, the Tojiro dp with vg10 will put you miles ahead of what you are used to. But all knives including those made with "super steels" such as zdp189, hap40, m390/cts20cvn etc. will eventually need to be resharpened. Steel is only part of the equation. Your cutting geometry, cutting surface, and carelessness will be as much as a factor in edge retention as the steel. Get a cheaper stone and start practicing on your old k Ives once you get some new ones. A simple fine ceramic steel will help keep your edge for a much longer time.

 

One caveat here, you really do not want to use any sort of steel on the PM steel knives.  They never go out of alignment, but eventually wear through carbide drop-out and micro-chipping, and really require the stones at that point. Also, being very hard, even a ceramic steel can do damage because its "point contact" can put so much pressure on the edge.  My "softer" R2 knife does get some touch ups in between full sharpenings by stropping on a fine stone.

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
I BOUGHT MY KNIVES!!

Togiharu slicer & pairing knife.
Masamoto chef knife.

post #13 of 15
Enjoy!
post #14 of 15

Beautiful, my first foray into knives you pay real money for should only have been as fine.

 

 

 

Rick

post #15 of 15

Nice! I've played around with a Togiharu.  It's a very good price/performance.  If you got it direct from Korin, I hope you took them up on the free initial sharpening.

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