Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

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Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Drewski » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:35 pm

I've received this beauty and made some measurements. Haven't had the chance to use it yet but just wanted to get these out there for now. If anyone wants other photos, please ask.

Spine at handle: 3.59 mm
Spine at heel: 3.20 mm
Spine halfway between heel and tip: 1.53 mm
Max thickness of blade halfway between heel and tip: 1.85 mm
Spine at end of KU finish: 1.44 mm
Spine 1cm from tip: 0.60 mm

Height at heel: 49.6 mm
Blade length: 244 mm
Weight: 158g / 5.5 oz

This is the first time I've taken digital calipers to a blade. Was surprised to find that the middle half of the blade lengthwise was wider halfway between the edge and the spine than it was at the spine. Definitely could feel it with my hands as well.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Drewski » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:37 pm

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Altadan » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:39 pm

Nicely done.

That measurement tells the tale of a serious convex grind. Tell us how she behaves once you do take her to task!

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by dAviD » Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:41 pm

I saw those, definitely cool looking and the specs look super interesting.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Lepus » Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:06 am

That taper is gorgeous. The price was a bit surprising, but it looks like it could compete.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by enjay » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:55 pm

How was your first month with this YS?

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Drewski » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:10 pm

Sadly I've barely had a chance to use it. Been traveling a lot through the states on a road trip. In Atlanta at the moment. New Orleans, Orlando, Miami, Savannah and Charlotte are coming up. Been on the lookout for Japanese knife stores in the cities I've been through, not much luck. Off topic, I know, but any one know of any shops in those cities I'll be in? I'll be sure to put the knife through the paces when I get home in August.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Bluenoser87 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:04 pm

Drewski wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:10 pm
Sadly I've barely had a chance to use it. Been traveling a lot through the states on a road trip. In Atlanta at the moment. New Orleans, Orlando, Miami, Savannah and Charlotte are coming up. Been on the lookout for Japanese knife stores in the cities I've been through, not much luck. Off topic, I know, but any one know of any shops in those cities I'll be in? I'll be sure to put the knife through the paces when I get home in August.
Coutelier is in New Orleans I think. I’ve never been but came across them in my brief search of retailers carrying TF knives.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by salemj » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:53 pm

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). While it helps with food release, it is often the opposite of a "convex" grind: it is actually more of a slightly concave or nearly flat grind on the blade road that then features the "bump" midway up in the geometry for food release of larger cuts—this is not to be confused with the kind of shoulders found on some lower grinds occasionally, or that is easily seen on some of the older renditions of Masakage/Kato products.

It is a feature that I also think clearly differentiates Konosuke "Fujiyamas" from even the thinnest and lightest "laser" blades: regardless of spine thickness, that feature of the geometry is very different across different blades and definitely affects how knives cut!
~Joe

Comments: I'm short, a home cook, prefer lighter, thinner blades, and own mostly Konosukes but have used over a dozen brands.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Lepus » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:31 am

Feel free to let me know when you are in Charlotte. It’s a pretty comfortable drive for me.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Drewski » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:30 pm

Lepus wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:31 am
Feel free to let me know when you are in Charlotte. It’s a pretty comfortable drive for me.
Be there Tuesday evening and overnight. Any restaurant recs?

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Drewski » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:44 am

Drewski wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:30 pm
Lepus wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:31 am
Feel free to let me know when you are in Charlotte. It’s a pretty comfortable drive for me.
Be there Tuesday evening and overnight. Any restaurant recs?
O boy, leave it to a Canadian to muck up his American geography. Going to Charleston, not Charlotte. :?

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Jeff B » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:41 am

Drewski wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:44 am
Drewski wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:30 pm
Lepus wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:31 am
Feel free to let me know when you are in Charlotte. It’s a pretty comfortable drive for me.
Be there Tuesday evening and overnight. Any restaurant recs?
O boy, leave it to a Canadian to muck up his American geography. Going to Charleston, not Charlotte. :?
Man, you Canucks... :P
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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Cutuu » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:25 pm

Your times up drewski, spill the beans about the ys.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by dAviD » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:01 pm

Yeah, I am curious too! Not allot of hype on these but it ticks allot of my favorite boxes.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Bob Z » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:13 pm

Ditto Drewski! Im curious too about these too. Has Yoshikane stepped up for Konosuke?

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by STPepper9 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:14 am

I'll weigh in a little, I like mine a lot but would prefer a taller height to make it perfect for me. The semi stainless is more reactive than I expected and consequently I haven't used it as much as I thought I would by now. I may force a patina or have it etched so I can be a little more carefree with it as I'd originally intended.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by MisoSatisfried » Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:12 pm

STPepper9 wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:14 am
I'll weigh in a little, I like mine a lot but would prefer a taller height to make it perfect for me. The semi stainless is more reactive than I expected and consequently I haven't used it as much as I thought I would by now. I may force a patina or have it etched so I can be a little more carefree with it as I'd originally intended.
Man... Now I'm worried. Those were my two fears with it, ha. Well, I guess I'll see when mine shows up.
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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by Cutuu » Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:44 pm

MisoSatisfried wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:12 pm
STPepper9 wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:14 am
I'll weigh in a little, I like mine a lot but would prefer a taller height to make it perfect for me. The semi stainless is more reactive than I expected and consequently I haven't used it as much as I thought I would by now. I may force a patina or have it etched so I can be a little more carefree with it as I'd originally intended.
Man... Now I'm worried. Those were my two fears with it, ha. Well, I guess I'll see when mine shows up.
The tk I had reacted hard on initial prep session involving onions and garlic. It got really great with some black spots and then I treated it like a stainless line knife and never had to worry about it. That knife was monosteel. The ys is is stainless clad. I wouldn't stress to much, yet.

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Re: Konosuke Sanjo YS 240

Post by MisoSatisfried » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:09 pm

Truth, I'm more worried about the height than the reactivity. It's right on the verge of being too short for my personal tastes. Good thing it won't ever have to be sharpened... :lol:
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