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Help with an opinion

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Hi Guys,

I need some help with this. Mr Okada in Echizen offered me several of these little kogatanas. I rejected all but this one even though I wouldn't mind having others: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/okwh2ko.html

He came back and asked me why and I told him I didn't like the way the blades were ground on the others. Here is what I'm objecting to. I'm wondering if you agree and should I ask him to alter it so the edge extends to the heel? Or am I just making trouble? :)

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I can’t think of a situation where having an unground heel would help. I’ve never liked sharpening anything with protrusions complicating the motions. I don’t think you are wrong.

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Yep, those little bits just make things complicated for use and sharpening. Besides they look goofy.

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Agreed. If I was in the market for something like that the heel would probably cause me to keep hunting.

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jmcnelly85 wrote:
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I can’t think of a situation where having an unground heel would help. I’ve never liked sharpening anything with protrusions complicating the motions. I don’t think you are wrong.
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The one you did accept is, however, quite cool. Looks like a nice gift option, and then some

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Good decision, that heel sucks.
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100% agree.
That heel is completely unnecessary in my opinion. It would get me looking elsewhere.

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Agree on all counts.

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Thank you.

I’ll offer to buy them if he changes the designs and adds more usable heels.
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it looks to me like it would function kind of like a guard, preventing something you are cutting from sliding as easily onto your hand.
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timos wrote:
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it looks to me like it would function kind of like a guard, preventing something you are cutting from sliding as easily onto your hand.
On that account, I could imagine adding a notch between the guard and the actual blade, to make for easier sharpening.

Kinda like this, or like that.

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I agree - I would remove the plunge line and extend the edge to the full length if the blade. I would also round off the handle and probably replace the handle material with something more durable.
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Good call Mark!
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I agree with everyone, I don't like the heels like that.

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Yes I totally agree Mark I would not buy those either, based on your same opinion. It's better for the edge to go to the heel.

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is there any way he can include something that would make this easy to carry around or leave around the house without getting accidently injured if it falls on the floor

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Is the heat treat uniform all the way to the edge? Also what about just doing this redo yourself? Would that be cost effective?

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I like the idea of no heal, but maybe a concavity that is toward the handle to protect ones hand? I do like the simple rustic handle. Thanks for bringing these options forward Mark!

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