WTB lefty yanagiba 300

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Bluenoser87
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WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by Bluenoser87 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:33 pm

I’m interested in trying a yanagiba but there aren’t a ton of options out there for lefties it seems. Anybody have one they’re not using? Preferably carbon and 300mm.

I see this one but wondering if there’s anything else out there.

https://www.chefknivestogo.com/kitaoka5.html

delmar
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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by delmar » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:32 pm

You can commission directly from makers in Japan. Its typically a 50% bump from standard for the lefty grind. I think Korin is the same.

I'm assuming you really do want a yanagiba and not a suji.....

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by Bluenoser87 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:52 pm

Yeah, I already have a suji. I just want to try something a little different. Not looking to spend a whole bunch as I probably won’t end up using it a lot. I do like to make sashimi and nigiri occasionally though.

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by delmar » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:09 pm

Ok. Just checking on the suji vs. yani front.

Kitaoka is the only one I know of that produces them without special order. I'm a lefty and have been looking like you. I'm hoping the young samarai can do something. Fortunately I'm a bit ambedextrious and have been considering giving it a go with the right hand.

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by Bluenoser87 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:08 pm

That’s pretty much my exact situation. I’m also somewhat ambidextrous. I tried my suji right handed on some tuna and it wasn’t that awkward. Left handed would be better, but I don’t know if it’s enough to warrant the ~50% premium most places seem to charge.

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by echotraveler » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:26 pm

delmar wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:09 pm
Ok. Just checking on the suji vs. yani front.

Kitaoka is the only one I know of that produces them without special order. I'm a lefty and have been looking like you. I'm hoping the young samarai can do something. Fortunately I'm a bit ambedextrious and have been considering giving it a go with the right hand.
i asked CKTG if they could ask "young Samurai" about a lefty.... since i cant be spending $200+ on a knive this guys sound like the best bet

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by Bluenoser87 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:58 pm

Yeah I’d be all over that if they did one. Actually, I’d probably just get a right handed version if they do another batch without lefties too

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by delmar » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:33 pm

I think there is a decent market for a run of lefty yanis, especially if the price could be kept low. I know these guys are newer and maybe not comfortable with lefty single bevels.

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Re: WTB lefty yanagiba 300

Post by Grandprix » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:45 pm

I cant say with 100% certainty for 300s but other sizes are no problem. Tojiro and Kotobuki both make them in carbon lefties for well under your price point. I use a Tojiro 240 and a Koto 270. I doubt I spent over 100 on either of them. Both are now wearing rediculous handles but have both been solid performers for me for years now.

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