WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

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WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:09 am

Description
Catch and release. Ordered this from Mert's site a few weeks ago. Feels fantastic, but the edge is slightly shorter than I expected. Unbelievable work from Mert. Used a couple times and removed most of what little patina there was from the blade. Never sharpened. Handle is Mexican kingwood. Also includes custom Indian rosewood saya.

Paid $1612 after PP fees and shipping.

https://tansuknives.com/product/250mm-h ... -in-blue2/

Trade value: $1475
Potential trades: Another Tansu gyuto, Xerxes (non Primus) gyuto, Toyama 240/270 honyaki gyuto, Watanabe 240/270 honyaki gyuto, Mizuno 270 honyaki gyuto.

Dimensions:
Length - 245mm
Height - 56mm
Weight - 8.78 oz / 249 g

What's included
Tansu 245mm honyaki gyuto
Custom saya
Tansu soft case

Price - FIRM
$1450 shipped to USA and PP. International buyers pay actual shipping minus $10.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by Altadan » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:16 am

Is it me, or has 2019 become the year of the heavy-hitters and high-rollers? :lol:

This is beautiful, Kevin. GLWS!

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by Cutuu » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:22 am

Im not being a smart a$$. What length were you expecting? Are you referring to edge length or height being to short? Thats a sweet Tansu! I love mine, easily one of my favorite blades, GLWS. If i had the cash, id be all over this.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:37 am

Cutuu wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:22 am
Im not being a smart a$$. What length were you expecting? Are you referring to edge length or height being to short? Thats a sweet Tansu! I love mine, easily one of my favorite blades, GLWS. If i had the cash, id be all over this.
Good question. I expected it to be a 250mm edge, but it's 245. I know 5mm is nothing, but it feels short (in length) to me when it's in my hand. I'm not crazy motivated to sell hence the firm price. I wouldn't be upset to have to keep it.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by nakneker » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:47 am

This knife is a stunner. I saw this knife on his website and know what it went for, that’s a very very fair price. If I didn’t have one of his knives inbound I’d be like Cutuu and snag this! Good luck on a stunner of a blade!
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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by Marc4pt0 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:30 am

Man, what a gem!

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by matchplay18 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:14 pm

That is a really nice knife it has a real presence about it

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by mauichef » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:21 pm

Man I want this puppy!

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by Cutuu » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:35 pm

ashy2classy wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:37 am
Cutuu wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:22 am
Im not being a smart a$$. What length were you expecting? Are you referring to edge length or height being to short? Thats a sweet Tansu! I love mine, easily one of my favorite blades, GLWS. If i had the cash, id be all over this.
Good question. I expected it to be a 250mm edge, but it's 245. I know 5mm is nothing, but it feels short (in length) to me when it's in my hand. I'm not crazy motivated to sell hence the firm price. I wouldn't be upset to have to keep it.
My bad, i see what you mean know. He lists the knife as a 250. This happened with me also. Mine was a 250, but its similiar length to yours. At first, i was just reading your post and thinking it was sold as a 245, my bad. Reading is my second language :?

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:42 pm

One drop: $1400. If it doesn't sell by the weekend I'll keep it.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:55 pm

Lower price option: $1350 F&F shipped for the weekend. After that I'm gonna just let the thread die on its own.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by matchplay18 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:05 am

That is a nice knife

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by delmar » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:54 pm

It is so hard to get a good hamon with aogami. Don't know how he does this. Phenomenal.

I've got a 250 Watanabe honyaki that I swore I would never part with, but I am seriously on the fence.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:18 pm

delmar wrote:
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:54 pm
I've got a 250 Watanabe honyaki that I swore I would never part with, but I am seriously on the fence.
DO IT! ;) :lol:

I agree, it sure is a good looking knife.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by delmar » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:01 pm

We'll see.

It's pretty easy to pull a honyaki out of Watanabe. He quotes 3 months but ended up 3-4 weeks. Gives options of standard versus thin, and standard versus polish. Prices definitely fair. If you are itching for it, just email him. His English is pretty darn good and no issues with communications. Very nice and thoughtful man. Damn good smith to boot - it's a great knife.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by Cutuu » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:12 pm

If you were looking for Katos, i would trade. But that doesnt seem to be what your after. GLWS, great looking knife!

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by ashy2classy » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:40 pm

delmar wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:01 pm
We'll see.

It's pretty easy to pull a honyaki out of Watanabe. He quotes 3 months but ended up 3-4 weeks. Gives options of standard versus thin, and standard versus polish. Prices definitely fair. If you are itching for it, just email him. His English is pretty darn good and no issues with communications. Very nice and thoughtful man. Damn good smith to boot - it's a great knife.
I've already asked him and he said he doesn't make them any more. But that was last year sometime. Maybe he's changed his mind now.

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Re: WTS or WTT: Mert Tansu Blue#2 245mm Honyaki Gyuto

Post by delmar » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:55 pm

ashy2classy wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:40 pm
delmar wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:01 pm
We'll see.

It's pretty easy to pull a honyaki out of Watanabe. He quotes 3 months but ended up 3-4 weeks. Gives options of standard versus thin, and standard versus polish. Prices definitely fair. If you are itching for it, just email him. His English is pretty darn good and no issues with communications. Very nice and thoughtful man. Damn good smith to boot - it's a great knife.
I've already asked him and he said he doesn't make them any more. But that was last year sometime. Maybe he's changed his mind now.
Ask again. He was having trouble sourcing the aogami he needed for honyaki for a period of time last year, but has cured that issue.

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