Knife review: Hinoura Ajikataya 210mm gyuto

A link to this knife review has been posted on KKF and KMS.

The blade – This month I got a 210mm Mutsumi Hinoura Ajikataya Gyuto, from Cleancut. This was the first time buying something from Cleancut for me. Eventhough they don’t have an English website, or advertise for international sales on social media, it was not too difficult to buy from them. After some back and forth on Instagram, they sent me a Paypal invoice and the deal was done. Later I saw that I was supposed to e-mail them, but this worked out pretty well.

Reason for getting this knife is that I still have very little kurouchi knives, and after the Tanaka I’m totally loving them again!

The price of this knife is around 270 USD (including VAT) and does not qualify for any free shipping. I paid 22 USD for shipping within Europe, which is not too bad but not great either. In any case, this knife is seriously cheap without VAT (for buyers outside the EU), at around 217 USD (excluding shipping).

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The baby Comet has arrived!

A couple weeks ago I finally managed to score my first gyuto from Comet knives (look him up on Instagram, his work is truly amazing!!). It’s a gyuto, 185mm along the cutting edge and 47mm tall (pardon the quickly taken photographs). I didn’t have a knife in this size so far, and more importantly, no Comet, so I didn’t hesitate to buy this.

Today, it arrived! The knife was well packed and honestly the sharpest knife out of the box I ever cut. Trey from Comet knives hand sharpens every knife until perfection (unlike most Japanese knives which have the weakest out of the box edge you could imagine, if they come sharp at all), so I got to use it right when I came home from work. Initial impressions are very good, it is a mean knife and I’m totally convinced this is not the last Comet I will get!

Tomorrow I will get another shipment of amazing stuff, so stay tuned for more….

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Three popular 1000 grit stones: King Hyper 1000, JNS 1000, and AI 1000 (Watanabe)

This is a brief comparison of three popular 1000 grit stones (JNS, AI, and King Hyper standard). The criteria used to compare the three stones are some of the characteristics that define a good or bad whetstone. Keep in mind that much of this is subjective and that no rigorous scientific experiments have be done to compare these stones . I’ll try to give each stones a 1-10 mark with 10 being the best and 1 the worst but this is very subjective and dependent on every person’s reference point so bear that in mind. Also, these ratings are only compared to the other 1k stones tested, and cannot be used to compare these stones with stones that have a different purpose (e.g. polishing stones).

This review is written by Carlos (KKF handle: valgard)

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Review: Watanabe Nakiri Pro KU 180 mm

Before even talking about the knife I think it is worth mentioning that Shinichi was great to deal with and provided an awesome service. The knife is a gift from my wife and has a special engraving on the left side of the knife, besides the normal kanji on the right side.

Out of the box impressions and Fit & Finish:

Very sharp OOTB, ready to cut, pretty hefty knife. Finish on the blade was nice overall, spine was eased and sorta polished while choil seems to have been only chamfered a bit (see pic), however it doesn’t have a sharp edge and I didn’t find it uncomfortable in use (albeit only used for sessions 1h or less and then rounded it).

Chamfered choil

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New stone day is also the best day!

New knife day is a good day. This was actually pretty hard to carry home on my bike through the (somewhat) busy streets of Amsterdam.

From left to right: Narutaki and Uchigumori koppa (top), Naniwa hibiki #3000, Arashiyama (#6000), Narutaki kiita, Chosera #400, Shapton M24 #120

Really looking forward to giving these a proper test. If you want to hear about my experiences with any of these stones in particular, let me know on instagram!

Knife review: Tanaka 240mm gyuto

A link to this knife review has been posted on KKF (click here).

The blade – Last month I got a 240mm Yoshikazu Tanaka that is sold in Japan by Tsubaya. As it is not really that easy for non-Japanese speakers to buy from Tsubaya, I actually bought mine from Hitohira, which was a very pleasant experience. He answered all my questions and provided for some of the fastest shipping out of Japan I have ever experienced!

I have seen these knives pop up with just about everone on Instagram, so I had to check them out for myself!

The line of Tanaka knives currently sold by Hitohira consists of  whole range of knives: 120 and 150mm petty, 180mm santoku, 210, and 210, 240 and 270mm gyuto. The 210 and 240mm also come in a K-tip version.  Another reason for buying this knife was that I didn’t have any kurouchi gyuto in my collection (because I sold my cheap ones…) so I definitely had to get a new one.

The price of this knife is around 500 USD and qualifies for free international shipping, which always feels nice to me :).

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New arrival: Hinoura 210 gyuto

Have been terribly busy at work. However, to reward myself I bought a knife from a vendor I have never bought from before: cleancut! For non-Swedish customers like myself, I recommend sending them a message on instagram.

The knife is a Hinoura Ajikataya 210mm gyuto, and the first impressions are good! The finish looks nice, and due to its wide bevel grind it will probably be a dream to polish… (please let there be no huge low spots)!

Next up will be a review of the Tanaka and this beautiful knife!