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Hello there

This is the sort of question I know you get all the time but here goes. I have a fair few knives, several Globals, I find hard to sharpen and easy to dull. Some wusthof which are ok at least they are easy to sharpen. A couple of Tojiros I like and after reading some advice on here I got a Mac Mighty which I found a game changer. So, for a bit more money than the Mac could I be amazed at the difference again? Or would it be a bit of a waste? I have enough speciality knives I'm looking for a go to general prep knife. At work I have large chopping boards and plenty of room. I use an edge pro to sharpen and a ceramic rod to hone. Alright I sometimes use a diamond steel on my German knives a work if in a rush. Anyway any advice/recommendations would be welcomed.

Ps I'm from England and the Mac cost roughly £100 my money


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Wow thanks so much guys. Change the angle to reach the heel?? Sorry how does one go about this and how much will I notice the difference? Apologies for my ignorance.

I would like a lighter knife Rick, that seems to be the way I am going. Yes my Tojiros are DPs. Using the same, probably not great, sharpening skills on the Mac as the Tojiros and other knives I just seem to get a far better longer lasting end product. After a go on a leather strop I feel it is truly sharper than anything I have owned. But matbe that's because I keep it in my knife case at work so nobody else touches it.

That Tojiro you sent the link to sounds like a great shout. The edge retention would be great. I love knives and have far too many that are very similar if I'm honest. I'm pretty much looking for one great one that makes my job easier with better results rather than another much of a muchness pretty good one.

Thanks again for your input guys
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Thanks very much for sharpening advice. Anything like that is just as valuable to me as the knives I have. Any tips on how to get the best out of my tools are greatly welcomed. While I appreciate every person has a different preference for what they want from a knife, there is the fact I very much doubt I will get to try anything before I buy it, hence the shout for help from you guys.

I can find the previously mentioned tojiro 521 for £86, so am thinking that will take some beating as its cheaper than my Mac!! Or am I wrong??

So what I do and don't like about my Knives:

Globals: Like the way they look.....about it

Henckels / Wusthof (find them similar) Easy to sharpen, I like the Wusthof classic handles, love how easy they are to sharpen. Don't like the fact that anything over about 15cm blade is very think and hard to slice nicely with and I find that I get less use out of the length of the blade than I do from say the tojiro or Mac.

Tojiro: The best I have other than the Mac. I can't say there is any fault in them. Just me not being able to sharpen them so well maybe and just don't feel as good in my hand as a wusthof or mac, like you've mentioned a personal thing.

Mac: It's the best I've had for getting sharp, staying sharp, not wedging in good and snapping it. Its hard for me to put it down when its the best I've used in every way. Ok, the mac logo on the knife does make me a little angry to look at!!

Tsuki: I had a 14 cm wusthof santoku which I gave to my brother. I really enjoyed that knife but he loved to look of it. Replaced it with one the same size of this brand. I know this has nothing to do with this discussion, but anyway... I find this knife the hardest of all to sharpen and doesn't last ten mins of use. Is it just me or is this brand rubbish?? This style and size of knives is one I use loads and loads so was wondering if this one is worth sticking with??

Got a Tojiro big almighty today. No idea what I will use it for but for £16 its fun to walk around the kitchen with!!

Thanks again for your patience everyone
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Tojiro black finished shiro-ko kasumi Gyutou  white carbon steel. Just noticed it online. Very cheap!!! Any good or a step in the wrong direction??
To tganks millionsknives that is the link to the one I was looking at. Hadn't seen the Danish store before so thanks. The more I'm looking the more confused I get. I know it's a personal choice but would the tojiro 521 seem a good shout for a choice in price range for mainly not too hard veg prep? JCK Original 輝 KAGAYAKI Aogami No.2 or is something like this playing a similar game??
thanks that sort of information is brilliant for me. I.don't want to make adjustments to the knife. Will look at those shortly Benuser
Now with that Hiromoto  Santoku you have made me think again. I already love my Mac so thinking it seems silly to buy a replacement for my best knife. Surely replacing my rubbish santoku would make more sense as I love that style of knife when in going for more speed and a little less refine work. So to keep asking is there a stand out between the Hiromoto and a Tojiro F-517??

It would seem Hiromoto is the way to go!! Didn't expect that when I came on here to be getting a Santoku!! Then that why I came here for opinions. Thin behind the edge, good retention and easy to sharpen, what more could I look for? Have to see how much it costs to get one to England!!
Millionsknives. Fair point. Again why I'm here. Like you say too small for a cabbage. I'm the only one in the kitchen who will make my slaw by hand, not processed  so that's something I need, but that's why I just got the Tojiro big almighty. I'm just looking to make work easier and I'm a little addicted to knives. Maybe I take a pic of the knives I have tomorrow and get some advice on where to go.


Been doing lots of looking. Kohetsu blue #2 240mm Gyuto looks good to me. Any reason why not?? Seems to tick my boxes.
Shipping and import tax are something I feel I will have to live with unfortunately!! Looked at a good few ranges. Took your advice about the santoku, I see a knife I like I want it. You cant choose my knives I know but is there anything else in that price range you have higher praise for Mr Millions?
Many thanks. Think I have enough to learn about the knives I currently use at the moment. In my head I had it narrowed down to this or the Tojiro that was kindly recommended to me. Will do a more detailed comparison on the geometry unless anyone else throws a recommendation to confuse me which is welcomed. Thanks !!
You know your right! Knife $99, shipping $51 and I had to pay £26 for to customs for the Mac, guess this will be similar, so pretty much doubling the cost. Thought it was too good!!!

Fair to say I am now stumped. The idea of a cladded knife with steel casing really appealed to me. Other people do sometimes take my knife at work and if its near the end of a shift you now and again don't realise till the next day, if they have left if not cleaned this pretty much rules out full carbon to me. Even the Tojiro f-521 is only available on rather than the uk version again adding a big donk on shipping. Pretty much had my heart set on that or the kohetsu. Any ideas of and alternative knife or supplier?? I can only find them in fairly limited stockists.



Do I also guess these are not much kop going by the cheap price? Cant seem to find much about them at all
Thanks again. The shipping on the other  was $50 import tax will be the same for all of them. So pricing is evened out pretty much. Itinomonn a better bet for a pro kitchen in your opinion?
Too true, think I will keep it in my case. I was wrong the Kohetsu is still £30 less with current exchange rate. ​Last question. Your preference would be ......??
I'm not trying to ignore all the great advice. Just really like the look of this Kotetsu Iron Clad Gyuto 9.25" I can get from a uk dealer. Free shipping​ no import tax £195. Love how thin it is, steel clad, looks lovely to grip. Any reason I shouldn't order one??
The photos would be very helpful and nice of you. Thanks. Any experience with the Kotetsu Iron Clad Gyuto 9.25" I mentioned above?? ​

More than happy to do that. It really does tick boxes for me in a big way. I can see some you tube reviews on the 210 version but cant find much anywhere about this!!​
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