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Old 07-17-2008, 01:00 PM   #11
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I am ambidextrous in everything except writing and I find that my MAC (Japenese) knives are very good for those odd occasions when my arthritis is better in my left than right. The only holdout in the knives I have is of course my serrated bread knife.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:35 PM   #12
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All Japanese knives are ground asymmetrical thus making them either right or left handed. Most Japanese knives are right handed and lefties pay a premium (30-50%) for a lefty version.

Some Euro/American knives can be found in right or left hand configurations but this is very rare, mostly task specific chisel ground knives and these aren't kitchen knives.

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I work only with fish and have found that to sharpen my knives Japanese style is much better for filleting, skinning and slicing fish. I don't buy the knives this way but gradually work them in to the shape each time I sharpen them. You would [not] be impressed with my trusty little angle grinder method Dave.
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Check this out for your left-handedness:


www.anythingleft-handed.com.uk/lh_tests.html




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Old 07-17-2008, 07:43 PM   #14
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I work only with fish and have found that to sharpen my knives Japanese style is much better for filleting, skinning and slicing fish. I don't buy the knives this way but gradually work them in to the shape each time I sharpen them. You would [not] be impressed with my trusty little angle grinder method Dave.

An angle grinder? I love it!
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #15
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could i over time convert my ambidextrous knives to be left handed? For example, sharpen one side on a 15 degree and the other side on a 20 or so......
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:58 PM   #16
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Left handed Shun knives on sale!!
Kershaw Shun Classic Left Handed Knives - Shun Knives

It says the handle design is what makes it lefty and nothing about the grind angle though......
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:23 PM   #17
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could i over time convert my ambidextrous knives to be left handed? For example, sharpen one side on a 15 degree and the other side on a 20 or so......
You sure can, looking from the handle sharpen the left side only and take just the burr from the right side each time you do it.
Here's a site showing more detail that Dave might like to comment on
Korin - Fine Japanese Tableware and Chef Knives
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:12 PM   #18
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Left handed Shun knives on sale!!
Kershaw Shun Classic Left Handed Knives - Shun Knives

It says the handle design is what makes it lefty and nothing about the grind angle though......
Shuns are ground 50/50. The only thing left or right handed is the handle itself. If you own a right handeled model and you are left handed you can knock the handle off, turn it 180 degrees, and reglue it.

If you want a left hand bias, sharpen only the left hand side of the blade until you get the bias you want, 60/40/, 80/20, etc.

Japanese left or right handed knives are different animals all together, with a back side that looks flat but is actually slightly concave, and 99% or so of the sharpenng is done on the front side. As a lefty, I can't stand using a right handed knife as it is difficult to maintain blade alignment.

That's a very brief synopsis but should give you an idea.

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