lefty family recommendations

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kdhfrank
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lefty family recommendations

Post by kdhfrank » Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:59 pm

1)Pro or home cook?
Home cook
2)What kind of knife do you want? (Gyuto, Santuko, Petty, Paring, Sujihiki, etc.)
Gyuto
3) What size knife do you want?
170-210
4)How much do you want to spend?
100 to 175.00
5) Do you prefer all stainless, stainless clad over reactive carbon, or all reactive carbon construction?
not really sure regarding this question but after reading through the forum I am leaning towards stainless
6)Do you prefer Western or Japanese handle?
western
7)What are your main knife/knives now?
Global: chef, paring, all purpose. Wustuff, Henkel, Hofritz....seem to be mostly german. A few from each brand.
8)Are your knife skills excellent, good, fair?
good
9)What cutting techniques do you prefer? Are you a rocker, chopper or push/pull cutter?
there is a chopper and a push/pull cutter in our home
10)Do you know how to sharpen?
not with a stone
Please also add any additional pertinent information that can help everyone with suggestions.
We are all lefties in this home and would like to add a gyuto knife as a main worker in our home. I realize that many of the Japanese knives are not "double" beveled and need guidance on how to approach this. Are there no left handed people in Japan:)?

SteveG
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Re: lefty family recommendations

Post by SteveG » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:37 am

I'm a lefty and the majority of the Gyuto knives on the CKTG site are double bevel blades that perform well for left or right handers. Very few double bevel knives that I've tried (hundreds) steered noticeably through product during use. You can help offset any minor steering issues with a relaxed grip and extra attention to being consistent in your cutting technique. You typically won't even notice minor steering through shorter products anyway. It's larger/taller products where it might be most noticeable.

All the following knives should be just fine for all you South paws :-).

Kanehide TK or Ps60 210 Gyuto: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/kabe.html
The TK will sharpen a little more easily and will stain if left wet (semi stainless), while the Ps60 will hold an edge better and is fully stainless. Excellent fit & finish.

Yahiko R-2 Gyuto 210: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/yar2stgy21.html
These knives are great performers with R-2 steel that has excellent edge retention. The steel is quite a bit harder at 64 HRC than the Kanehide knives and is less forgiving. The trade-off is the edge retention. These might need some TLC out of the box to round the spine and choil a little with a strip or two of sandpaper.

Kohetsu VG-5 Tsuchime Gyuto 210: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/kovgtsgy21.html
These are super performers with nice fit & finish. The hammered finish add some flair and aids food release as well.

kdhfrank
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Re: lefty family recommendations

Post by kdhfrank » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:44 am

thanks for the advice. Ordered the Kanehide PS60 210 Gyuto. :D

SteveG
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Re: lefty family recommendations

Post by SteveG » Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:17 am

Excellent choice!

delmar
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Re: lefty family recommendations

Post by delmar » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:52 pm

Very nice knife. Good selection.

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