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by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Konosuke MM 240mm First Impressions
Replies: 23
Views: 1158

Re: Konosuke MM 240mm First Impressions

I'd agree. Yours does look a bit different in profile compared to my Blue 2. It does not look all that different from my MM Ginsan, however. It is hard to tell. What is the heel height? As my comments above make clear, there is a particular feel and style to the one I own. Nonetheless, I can see how...
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much warp is ok?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: How much warp is ok?

Glad to read this! I hope it performs well for you. My MMs are solid performers for sure.
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recommended Cutting Boards?
Replies: 48
Views: 1072

Re: Recommended Cutting Boards?

nice board there. i can't afford that right now so instead i'm getting an end grain acacia wood board...can't beat the deal. http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/brands/Cutting-Boards/end-grain-butchers-block-0214-28217--24 acacia, due to lower cost but decent wood quality and ...
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Edge Pro Advice
Topic: Broken Stone
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: Broken Stone

Short answer is that I've read about people doing this in other treads, but to get the best advice, you need to do what Grant says and upload some good pictures so that people have a very clear sense of how to suggest repair in detail for the type of break.
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Full moon or crescent moon?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Full moon or crescent moon?

I would also vote NO moon. The line is elegant, but the moon is not particularly elegant to me, especially if it is not part of the differential treatment but is rather an etch.
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This hurts to look at.
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: This hurts to look at.

Wow. I am utterly shocked that is not a honyaki. I always imagined you could only get a crisp break through that much steel with such minimal pressure if there was internal tensile pressure due to differential heat treatment of monosteel. I guess the same can apply through the differential treatmen...
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much warp is ok?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: How much warp is ok?

Thanks for the responses. It’s a kono mm 240 btw, so it is supposed to symmetrical. Joe, you’re correct, if I put this flat on a board it appears dead straight on the right side and the tip lifts about 1-2mm when on the left side. Almost like someone hammered this straight while the knife was flat ...
by salemj
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much warp is ok?
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: How much warp is ok?

I think you're good. I've always been annoyed by slight bends and such, but I've learned over time that they are part of the game. I think this is particularly true with a knife like the one you show here. I have no idea what kind of knife this is, but it is thick at the spine with a lot of distal t...
by salemj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Pass Arounds
Topic: Makoto AS Nakiri
Replies: 40
Views: 545

Re: Makoto AS Nakiri

I've only used a couple of nakiris, but wouldn't you want the balance point to be in front of the pinch so as to aid with the chopping? Curious why some would prefer it to be more neutral. "Blade Heavy balance" is often actually a compensation for light blades. If the blade itself has some weight (...
by salemj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Affordable S-Grinds?
Replies: 15
Views: 229

Re: Affordable S-Grinds?

I'm with Lepus here. Honestly, Takeda knives have featured the best real-world separation/release combo of any knife I've tried, so I'm not sure you can improve upon what you have already experienced in that regard. I also have not really seen an "S" grind that would be a major improvement. (To be c...
by salemj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This hurts to look at.
Replies: 24
Views: 424

Re: This hurts to look at.

Wow. I am utterly shocked that is not a honyaki. I always imagined you could only get a crisp break through that much steel with such minimal pressure if there was internal tensile pressure due to differential heat treatment of monosteel. I guess the same can apply through the differential treatment...
by salemj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Show us your new knife!
Replies: 1159
Views: 41489

Re: Show us your new knife!

pd7077 wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:32 pm
chefDpham wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:31 am
man, for a second there I thought it was a Steve P pic, nice knife Ray!
Ray fooled me for a second too until I realized that I don’t have that knife or that painting :lol:
Hahaha. This made my otherwise crappy morning turn quite cheerful.
by salemj
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: Calamari
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Calamari

I admire when people still try to cook [mostly] seasonally based on what is actually available from their region, AND when people celebrate and respect basic joys like you describe above. NO, I don't think we all need to only buy what is grown down the street...but I do think there is a big differe...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: New Arrivals
Topic: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240
Replies: 9
Views: 357

Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

What a beauty! This line has me really, really curious... I just wanted to add that what you said about the grind is actually pretty classic for Sakai gyutos, or at least ones from Konosuke and related smiths and sharpeners. The "bulge" is usually right around the shinogi line (if there is one). Whi...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Knives and watches
Replies: 51
Views: 904

Re: Knives and watches

^^^Thanks!! I appreciate it! Here is my current love, the IWC Portuguese 7 Day. I was trying to take advantage of the ambient light coming in through the window, but it wasn't cooperating. She's absolutely stunning in person. The blue hands and indices along with the champagne dial are mesmerizing i...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Show us your new knife!
Replies: 1159
Views: 41489

Re: Show us your new knife!

Joe, as far as I understand it........ It is definitely a Shiraki knife. I believe there were 3 versions that were sold. V1 went to Mark. It is not etched and has a standard handle. V2 went to Tosho. They are etched and have Khii handles. I believe they only have one Gyuto left. V3 was sold in Japa...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Show us your new knife!
Replies: 1159
Views: 41489

Re: Show us your new knife!

Really stoked to have snagged this beauty. Konosuke VG-10 Damascus Santoku, 180mm. Special Etching by Konosuke with Khii Ebony Handle. Forged by Kenichi Shiraki Congrats! This one had me piqued, so perhaps you can answer a question or two: 1) I also assumed this was of the Shiraki VG-10 series, but...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 125

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

Joe, yes I understood where you were heading with the angle vs the blade height as you progress down the blade and it had registered in my engineering brain some time back. I haven't given any of the following much thought, but my rationalising of the above wonders if it's somewhat self correcting,...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: Calamari
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Calamari

I love this. Whenever I watch cooking shows, a small part of me gets a little more upset. So many shows are constantly stressing ingredient choices and behaviours that are so contradictory: buy local...but look what your "local" grocery probably carries now: fresh everything all the time! I admire w...
by salemj
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 125

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

I like the sine-cosine shortcuts, guys. Grant, as you point out, the reason for "calculating" on my part was in fact to try to get a sense of the precise difference in spine height off the stone as you head toward the tip of the blade (i.e., the necessary "change" in spine height if one wants to kee...