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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by BioHorn » Aug 21st 15 1:30 am

chingwa wrote:I have no experience with Japanese knives, though I've been an admirer from afar for years! decades even! Galatea amentioned the Wusthof chef's knife above, and that is probably my favorite knife that I've ever owned... the balance is perfect actually. Do some of these japanese knives have similar balanced characteristics? Or do they start to get uncomfortable?

I'm just curious because I know that while some knives are a privilege to own, other knives are a privilege to use.
My Japanese knives are lighter than my Wusthof. They can take (and get) a much more accurate edge, but lose it quicker. I tend to go back and forth depending on what I am preparing. A chipped blade from chicken led me quickly back to the sturdy German steel!

The Japanese blade is a dream for vegetable prep. Just try a cucumber! :mrgreen:

What sort of Wusthof do you use?

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by chingwa » Aug 21st 15 10:24 pm

I use this one...
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What I like most about it is that it feels perfectly balanced in my hand, which makes it feel light and unobtrusive, despite it's sturdiness.

I've been mesmerized by JP knives, but they seem like such a luxury to me that I've never jumped in.

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by wyardley » Aug 22nd 15 6:54 am

chingwa wrote: I've been mesmerized by JP knives, but they seem like such a luxury to me that I've never jumped in.
If you're in NY, definitely stop by Korin; you can see how the balance feels to you in person. I don't live there, but I'm sure there are some other options too (maybe MTC)?

There are Japanese knives in pretty much all price brackets.

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by bonescwa » Aug 22nd 15 4:10 pm

I have the 50 dollar Tojiro on Amazon. It works fine.

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by kyarazen » Aug 22nd 15 5:46 pm

chingwa wrote: I've been mesmerized by JP knives, but they seem like such a luxury to me that I've never jumped in.
you can try picking from rakuten too, if you're looking for something functional it can be quite inexpensive. aesthetics is another matter altogether :D

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by perrydave » Aug 26th 15 7:01 pm

I am using this one also. This was give to me by mother as a wedding gift present. I am using this for almost 7 years and it has been proven of good quality.
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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by AT333 » Aug 28th 15 5:31 am

Japanese knife could be like tea and teapot, cheap to some but expensive to other and vice versa. One consideration is consistent, which is, we pay for what we get, provided we know how to evaluate the knife. If not just go for the cheapest possible. For me a good cleaver does all the job. Knife is as knife does. :mrgreen:

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by Fuut » Dec 14th 15 5:56 pm

zencha wrote:Oh no , I just discovered Japanese cooking knives ; the start of a new obsession !
Maybe you'll like nihonto too! (trying to poach people where ever I can:D)

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by JBaymore » Dec 14th 15 8:30 pm

Just about every time I am in Japan lately I stop by Kappabashidori on Tokyo and pick up a new knife for my wife. Lots of options there.

Sometimes the Kyoto Handcraft Center to get them too.

I think there are maybe 10-12 Japanese knives in the kitchen now.

I use the uchiko and choji oil from cleaning and oiling my Katanas on them sometimes. And a good stone.

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Re: Any fans here of Japanese Kitchen Knives ?

by Proinsias » Feb 20th 16 12:10 am

Would love to see Kappabashidori one day, tool shopping is much more fun when you can handle the goods.

Still just one Japanese knife in my kitchen, I either chose wisely or got lucky.