Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

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jpjpjp
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Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by jpjpjp » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:18 am

Anyone here ever work with his knives?

He's a relatively young blacksmith whose work I've seen elsewhere, but am finding surprisingly little about as far as reviews go. I'm eyeing one of his SLD gyutos to replace the knife I use on the line at work, but want to know a little more about their performance. Seems talented and worth investing in, and I figure if there's anyone on the internet who may have tried his knives, they'll likely be here.

Thanks!

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by Chocu1a » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:48 pm

I have a sld sujihiki by him. It is a beautiful blade and exquisitely made. I am actually looking at picking up one of his petty knives, too. I just can't decide on the koi in vg1 or the kemuri in sld.
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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by jpjpjp » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:12 pm

Chocu1a wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:48 pm
I have a sld sujihiki by him. It is a beautiful blade and exquisitely made. I am actually looking at pucking up one of his petty knives, too. I just can't decide on the koi in vg1 or the kemuri in sld.
Nice. Glad to hear it.

Yeah, I'm looking at the SLD 150mm Gyuto to replace my current line knife at work. But the Koi are beautiful. Just don't expect white steel to hold up in a busy kitchen. Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on either one once you decide!

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by Chocu1a » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:39 am

jpjpjp wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Chocu1a wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:48 pm
I have a sld sujihiki by him. It is a beautiful blade and exquisitely made. I am actually looking at pucking up one of his petty knives, too. I just can't decide on the koi in vg1 or the kemuri in sld.
Nice. Glad to hear it.

Yeah, I'm looking at the SLD 150mm Gyuto to replace my current line knife at work. But the Koi are beautiful. Just don't expect white steel to hold up in a busy kitchen. Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on either one once you decide!
Koi is semi-stainless vg1. As far as white steel in a professional kitchen, my daily driver is a Masakage Yuki gyuto in white 2. It takes and keeps an amazing edge. I just maintain it with daily stropping, and an occasional touch-up on a 5000 Shapton.

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by jpjpjp » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:44 am

Chocu1a wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:39 am
jpjpjp wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Chocu1a wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:48 pm
I have a sld sujihiki by him. It is a beautiful blade and exquisitely made. I am actually looking at pucking up one of his petty knives, too. I just can't decide on the koi in vg1 or the kemuri in sld.
Nice. Glad to hear it.

Yeah, I'm looking at the SLD 150mm Gyuto to replace my current line knife at work. But the Koi are beautiful. Just don't expect white steel to hold up in a busy kitchen. Would be interested in hearing your thoughts on either one once you decide!
Koi is semi-stainless vg1. As far as white steel in a professional kitchen, my daily driver is a Masakage Yuki gyuto in white 2. It takes and keeps an amazing edge. I just maintain it with daily stropping, and an occasional touch-up on a 5000 Shapton.
You're absolutely right. I was thinking of his Nashiji line and confused it for the Koi line.

My only experience with white steel has been White #1, and that was certainly too soft for professional work. Or at least that knife was. (That was my first knife investment and an important learning experience.) Good to know that white #2 works for you in a professional environment, though. Maybe I will consider Masashi's W2 line.

Chocu1a
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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by Chocu1a » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:23 am

His sld is so sexy though.

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by Igalor » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:26 pm

He trained at yoshikane, i believe he is the nephew of tsuneo yoshida. His profiles are unique, they dont appeal to me, so i havent used his knives, but i have read good stuff about his grinds and steel.

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by LucaBrasi » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:13 pm

I have a 240 gyuto in sld and really like it. Probably my most used blade. I like tall knives and this one is 55mm or so. Grind is super consistent, nicely convexed and very effective. Not crazy thin but thin enough. His sld seems to hold a precise edge twice as long as my other knives except for Watanabe blue 2. A bit harder to sharpen though.

I am a big fan and think it’s one of the better value, under appreciated makers out there.

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Re: Masashi Yamamoto, anyone?

Post by jpjpjp » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:47 am

LucaBrasi wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:13 pm
I have a 240 gyuto in sld and really like it. Probably my most used blade. I like tall knives and this one is 55mm or so. Grind is super consistent, nicely convexed and very effective. Not crazy thin but thin enough. His sld seems to hold a precise edge twice as long as my other knives except for Watanabe blue 2. A bit harder to sharpen though.

I am a big fan and think it’s one of the better value, under appreciated makers out there.
Thanks for the responses!

Pulled the trigger today on his 150mm SLD Gyuto to replace my previous 150mm line knife. Will post pics and impressions when it arrives.

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