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No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:55 pm
by Joshigon
I have a co-worker who doesn't like large knives. She is an older woman and has always used a pairing knife for everything. :o
My boss has found her using her Kohetsu santoku before and says she likes it. She really likes light knives.
So I started searching for one for her.
Light, short, all stainless, pretty, and under 100 dollars. This is what I came up with. I bought the YASUNORI VG5 DAMASCUS SANTOKU. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/yavg5dasa16.html
Everything about it is great, except the handle. The handle is a rabbit tang with some gaps. I really wanted to like the handle, but couldn't.
This is my first western to wa conversion, and it turned out beautiful.

The handles is stabilized maple burl with a stabilized purple heart ferrule. The saya is poplar with a purple heart core. I installed the handle Tokyo style. Enjoy.

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I know she will love it.

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:57 pm
by Joshigon
This is one of the sharpest knives I have ever touched. It cuts before it actually makes contact! :shock:

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:32 am
by milkbaby
Really nice! I'm sure she'll enjoy it! :thumbsup:

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:25 am
by Chefspence
Joshigon wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:57 pm
This is one of the sharpest knives I have ever touched. It cuts before it actually makes contact! :shock:
Put that on the product page! One of these customed would be a great knife. I've always looked at this as a perfect gift knife for family. Very nice look. Is the handle rounded? Looks like a big cigar

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:54 pm
by Joshigon
Chefspence wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:25 am
Joshigon wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:57 pm
This is one of the sharpest knives I have ever touched. It cuts before it actually makes contact! :shock:
Put that on the product page! One of these customed would be a great knife. I've always looked at this as a perfect gift knife for family. Very nice look. Is the handle rounded? Looks like a big cigar
It does look like a big cigar. It is oval with a rounded end.

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:20 pm
by nevrknow
The women in my family prefer those rounded cigar looking handles better also. I think you hit that 1 out of the park for her Joshigon. Nice job!

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:33 am
by Joshigon
nevrknow wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:20 pm
The women in my family prefer those rounded cigar looking handles better also. I think you hit that 1 out of the park for her Joshigon. Nice job!
Thanks! She loves it.

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:41 am
by STPepper9
Looks good.. what's a tokyo style installation?

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:04 pm
by Joshigon
STPepper9 wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:41 am
Looks good.. what's a tokyo style installation?
Look at the last picture, see how there is a gap at the tang handle junction, that's​ Tokyo style. Konosuke does it to there knives. Just for looks.

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:34 pm
by STPepper9
I see.
I didn't realize there was a name for that, I've always just said exposed machi, from what I understand there is some utility to having that but it's relatively minimal.

Re: No frill santoku to fantastic.

Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:54 pm
by Joshigon
STPepper9 wrote:
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:34 pm
I see.
I didn't realize there was a name for that, I've always just said exposed machi, from what I understand there is some utility to having that but it's relatively minimal.
On burn in tangs, if the handle gets a little loose then you can wack the bottom of the handle and tighten it a little. This handle is epoxied on, so it doesn't matter.