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Old 08-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #11
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btw I checked out the New West knives. Beautiful. I've got my eye on one. Just have to wait to catch my wife in a moment of weakness.

Just show her shoes...
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or a pair of insulated pac boots.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:58 PM   #13
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Moment of Weakness

The moment of weakness occurred. I pounced. A beautiful New West 9" "Phoenix" carbon steel knife is in transit to me right now.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #14
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New West Knife

And it has arrived. And it is awesome. What a beautifully designed and made product. I got the Phoenix series 9" knife with the black and blue handle.

This one: 9" Chef Phoenix Carbon 52100 : New West KnifeWorks
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:03 PM   #15
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I have never heard anyone say anything other than great praise for their Shun knives. They must be really good. Maybe someday...
I received the 12" Chef's knife as a gift from a friend. I have child size hands. Way too big for me. I gave it to my son. I hated to give it up, but I knew for me it was an accident waiting to happen.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #16
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12" is a very big knife, even if you have big hands. Do consider this company for an 8" knife, though someday. Really good stuff!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:13 PM   #17
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12" is a very big knife, even if you have big hands. Do consider this company for an 8" knife, though someday. Really good stuff!
It was a Shun knife. I replaced it with their 8" one. Much easier to hold. But boy is that thing sharp. I use it only for meats.
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I have heard nothing but praise for the Shun knives.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:00 AM   #19
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And it has arrived. And it is awesome. What a beautifully designed and made product. I got the Phoenix series 9" knife with the black and blue handle.

This one: 9" Chef Phoenix Carbon 52100 : New West KnifeWorks
I've never heard of that brand, but if the HT is done properly, 52100 is just about as good as carbon steel gets for kitchen knives. The Hitachi steels are also very good.

A few days ago I received my Richmond Ultimatum in Bohler M390 MicroClean. It's the sharpest knife OOTB that I've ever seen. M390 is supposed to be one of the greatest of the new Uber-powdered steels. We shall see how it holds up to a pro kitchen.
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