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by jbart65
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spring Cleaning Sale Part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Spring Cleaning Sale Part 1

Rob may have meant Kanehiro. Sure looks like my Kanehiro ginsan 240.
by jbart65
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Matsubara Ginsan Damascus
Replies: 14
Views: 212

Re: Matsubara Ginsan Damascus

Looking at the profile of the ginsan and the Matsubara Ed hosted on a passaround, these two knives should be very close in performance. I thought about a passaround but dropped the idea after looking at the profiles. I am still interested in this knife, though, because I want a 210 that can rock, ch...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Matsubara Ginsan Damascus
Replies: 14
Views: 212

Re: Matsubara Ginsan Damascus

Matsubara makes very interesting and distinctive knives that are a change of pace from many other Japanese hand-crafted knives. I reviewed several of them here. http://www.chefknivestogoforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6900 Ginsan is also a great steel. The best of the stainless steels in my view. Sh...
by jbart65
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Flat Blade Profiles
Replies: 22
Views: 396

Re: Flat Blade Profiles

I wouldnt get a Takeda as a first Japanese knife or assume a local guy can easily figure out how to sharpen one. They are distinct in how they perform and how they are sharpened. Not hard to get a grasp from looking at a few videos on the web, but do the research if you get one. In any case if that'...
by jbart65
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shibata R2 vs AS?
Replies: 20
Views: 373

Re: Shibata R2 vs AS?

The R2 is fully stainless, has somewhat better edge retention and is flatter. But if you prefer a more traditional profile, go with the AS version. Profile and steel will be similar Masakage, but the Shibata is thinner. A true laser, the best cutter I've ever used. I am hesitant to use it to cut cru...
by jbart65
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One pan to rule them all?
Replies: 93
Views: 6621

Re: One pan to rule them all?

I think I have enough obsessions - I don't need another one! :roll: I switched over to classic All-Clads a few years ago. It was an expensive undertaking, but worth it. Aside from even, efficient performance, All-Clad struck me by how easy they clean compared to cheaper cheaper pans. One caveat: The...
by jbart65
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: What is your favorite knife?
Replies: 54
Views: 1496

Re: What is your favorite knife?

I view the Kanehiro line of knives as the magnum opus of Hiroshi Kato. Why he gets overlooked in comparison to the makers of Shigs and Katos is beyond me. Great profiles, great edges, great fit and finish, great performance, all at a reasonable price. If I were a pro, the Kanehiro AS and Kamo R2 wou...
by jbart65
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: New Arrivals
Topic: Yahiko ICE gyuto
Replies: 22
Views: 763

Re: Yahiko ICE gyuto

I actually sent my Sekiso on a passaround some time back, Spence. Surprisingly few participated. I got the sense a lot of people thought it was too cheap or just run of the mill to bother. Well, all three participants ended up buying one! After mine got back, I gave it a full progression. I haven't ...
by jbart65
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: New Arrivals
Topic: Makoto Sakura SG2 Gyuto
Replies: 44
Views: 806

Re: Makoto Sakura SG2 Gyuto

Just catching onto this exchange now. I am not sure how I define a laser. As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stevens once said in a case about pornography, I know it when I see it. Very thin from spine to tip and generally lighter, with the ability to ghost through any food. Only the HD and its white s...
by jbart65
Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Makoto Sakura SG2 210mm Gyuto First Impressions
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: Makoto Sakura SG2 210mm Gyuto First Impressions

Good to get some first impressions. Sounds similar to the Makoto in white steel that I owned, but lighter and more laserish. While I prefer ginsan for stainless, R2 steel really is quite good, especially in the hands of smiths and shops such as Shibata, Takamura, Kamo and Kurosaki. It’s also hitting...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack

Now you know Jeff that there are harder squashs, but perhaps you would argue some of those others are for beater knives, like spaghetti or acorn. Anyways great comparison. I'm pretty sure that the 270 swedish western is going to be phenemonal in dense ingredients. I've tried it on a sweet potatoe a...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack

Sorry, Jeff. It's a sweet knife. Caveats? It has a bit more curve to the profile than an HD. And even though it has a nice handle and excellent fit and finish, it doesnt dazzle me in the looks department. I've only touched up the Shibata so far and it seemed easy enough. I know your view on AS steel...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack

But even after all is said and done, your experience with - and previous praise for - the Yahiko Ice cannot be easily downplayed by a butternut. Not all knives are destroyers, nor even ultimate all-rounders like that heaven-sent Sekiso of yours :) The Ice is still a helluva knife despite its shortf...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack

I owned the Yahiko Shimo that's also made by the same smith who does the Yahiko KU Hammered. Excellent tip. Cut very well and was much like the Sekiso, but not quite as good. The KU Hammered sounds like somewhat of an improvement. Maybe a meatier Koishi. Really, Dan, my Sekiso doesn't wedge or stick...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: 210 gyuto
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: 210 gyuto

I was mostly a rocker until discovered these knives. Now I mostly chop and push. But if a rocker is what you want, I'd suggest looking at the Harukaze and especially the Tanaka Sekiso. Both are among the better rockers on the site. https://www.chefknivestogo.com/tabl2na21gy.html https://www.chefkniv...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: New Arrivals
Topic: Yahiko ICE gyuto
Replies: 22
Views: 763

Re: Yahiko ICE gyuto

Dave, you wished you tried everything - just like me!

It's a superb knife, Spence, but I finally found a shortcoming.

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=6938
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yahiko Ice
Replies: 30
Views: 764

Re: Yahiko Ice

You seem to like taller, heavier knives, George. No? I hadn't figured this one would interest you - except for the looks. You do seem to like eye catchers. ;) I am pretty sure I am going to list, but I am going to use it through the weekend before I decide. As good as it is, it can't beat out the Sh...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Customer Product Reviews
Topic: Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Butternut squash - A hard ‘nut’ to crack

Having bought a new Yahiko Ice 240 and Kanehiro Ginsan 240, I figured I’d put them through the paces. One of my tests is how well a knife handles the toughest of all ingredients: butternut squash. The test is simple. I use the knives to basically peel the squash. Slice some rounds at the fat end. Cu...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Konosuke Togatta size question
Replies: 58
Views: 1142

Re: Konosuke Togatta size question

I tend to like shorter knives if I am mostly push cutting and taller knives when chopping or rocking. I've got a mix of both, though most of my stuff is on the taller side. As Jeff B acknowledges, it's a matter of preference. What do the masses prefer? Not my concern. I am happy to sample tall knive...
by jbart65
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Knife Sizes
Replies: 14
Views: 221

Re: Knife Sizes

I have adapted readily to different sizes of knives. Japanese 240s are no problem to handle if they are light enough and have a good balance point as basically all of them do. Still, I do prefer knives ranging from 220 mm to 235 mm. My only German knife is a 9-inch Messer. I gave my son a Wusthof Cl...