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by marlinspike
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)
Replies: 27
Views: 6836

Re: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)

Find some heirloom tomatoes (saucing variety) and grow them. I have two varieties in my crop that are both fabulous and I get 6-8 small to medium tomatoes a day. The problem is around here most of the growing season is actually too hot for tomatoes. Tomatoes won't set fruit over 90F, and most of th...
by marlinspike
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)
Replies: 27
Views: 6836

Re: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)

Cooking for flavor, keep the seeds, cooking for smoothness or appearance, ditch the seeds. I know people say the guts are supposed to make the tomato more savory, but to me it just tastes worse. Maybe I'm alone in that, but at any rate you can strain out the seeds but keep the gel and you'll get th...
by marlinspike
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: 11 tips to be a better cook (if it fits)
Replies: 41
Views: 13891

Re: 11 tips to be a better cook (if it fits)

You'll notice that every maker of stainless cookware excludes damage from salt pitting from their warranty coverage. It really doesn't matter what make of pan it is, as long as the pan was made with chromium in the stainless steel, it can happen, but in order to happen at the same time as the salt i...
by marlinspike
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: 11 tips to be a better cook (if it fits)
Replies: 41
Views: 13891

Re: 11 tips to be a better cook (if it fits)

Pretty sure this thread was started by a bot, but I didn't see anybody note the correct reason not to salt water until it is boiling - salt in cold water can cause pitting in your pan.
by marlinspike
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)
Replies: 27
Views: 6836

Re: How to dice a tomato (and how not to)

Anybody who feeds you the seeds and juice sac does not care what he feeds you.
by marlinspike
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?

If anybody comes into this thread in the future considering the Hinoura - I would say it is worth paying for the sharpening service. Even after touching it up on an 8000 grit, I was a bit luke warm on the knife. It would shave, it just wouldn't shave for long and even when shaving sharp it just didn...
by marlinspike
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?

That's exactly what I was asking. Thanks.
by marlinspike
Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?

I did some research and I've figured out how to apply a kasumi finish, but when I sharpen should I sharpen the entire blade area below the KU finish and then reapply the kasumi for appearance, or do I do my cutting edge at a slightly steeper angle than where the kasumi is and only sharpen in a way t...
by marlinspike
Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?

I learned two things today: the gray finish is called kasumi and it is done to the knife through the use of finger stones. Here I thought I knew about sharpening. What is the proper way to do this, dull the whole edge with a finger stone and then sharpen it on my shapton stones at an angle that leav...
by marlinspike
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?
Replies: 18
Views: 1461

Re: 210 gyuto, Yahiko Ice vs Hinoura Tsuchime?

So, if anybody is curious about my Hinoura Tscuchime 210mm gyuto: Mine weighs in at 5.21 oz and has a blade length of 203mm. It widens at the very rear of the spine, but measuring the spine thickness above the rearmost part of the blade I get 3.0mm, but just a quarter of the way down it is down to 2...
by marlinspike
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why so Hard to Land the Rare Knife
Replies: 42
Views: 2641

Re: Why so Hard to Land the Rare Knife

It's not that I don't get why someone would pay $500 for a knife, it's that I don't get why people only want to spend their $500 on this particular maker's knife when there appear to be so many great blacksmiths making knives in Japan.
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How does Deba make up for no flex?
Replies: 6
Views: 584

Re: How does Deba make up for no flex?

I was thinking in terms of single bevel.
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why so Hard to Land the Rare Knife
Replies: 42
Views: 2641

Re: Why so Hard to Land the Rare Knife

Maybe it's because I've never handled one, but I don't get what all the fuss over them is anyway. I do hate a flipper, and while certainly run like a shrewd business, and not at all workable here, just because businesses being businesses was brought up - I do like that Ferrari handled flippers by sa...
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How does Deba make up for no flex?
Replies: 6
Views: 584

How does Deba make up for no flex?

Having only used a flexible fillet knife to break down fish, I'm at a bit of a loss - how does a Deba work as a fish dedicated knife when it both wide and inflexible? Is there a change in technique?
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

I've never seen a bolster used to break the leg. Heel, and spine but never a bolster. To break the leg, it's the spine at the bolster (i.e. where it is heavy), it's for other things like walnuts you can just crush with the bolster. I think on kitchen knife it's just a relic of the forging process t...
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

Most breaking things you do strike with the bolster. When using the spine it is helpful as a point of concentrates weight.
by marlinspike
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

Nmiller21k wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:46 am
Curious
What exactly are they good for?
Breaking things. Also, if you flip your knife over its a good spot to use to break the drumstick near the end to leave some bone attached to the skin so the skin doesn't shrink as you cook it if you are removing the bone before cooking.
by marlinspike
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

Come to think of it, I think other than Gude and Felix there is probably no possible alternative for her since she wants a bolster, correct? --- She is specifically requesting a bolster?? Yes. I don't disagree with it too much, because she is not inclined to reach for my selection of knives, just w...
by marlinspike
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

Come to think of it, I think other than Gude and Felix there is probably no possible alternative for her since she wants a bolster, correct?
by marlinspike
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

Re: Can you get my girlfriend to go J-knife

Definitely wouldn't force my preference, just would want her to know all the options after being presented with ones that fit within her preferences.