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Old 04-08-2008, 09:39 PM   #1
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Rehandled Yoshikane

Just had my 240mm Yoshikane rehandled by Dave. The wood is spalted tamarind, golden amboyna ferrule (both woods ‘stabilized’ with pentacryl), tung oil finish.... da da da da daaaah, whatever that is. Man, do I ever LOVE this knife. Except for my Takeda, I'm tempted to ebay all the rest of my chef's knives including my ancient Thiers-Issard Sabatiers. It's beautiful, the edge holds as well as Blue or powder, doesn't want to chip, slices like a razor, and makes me smile big time when it's in my hand. Go Yoshie! Yippee!

Did I mention that I like it??????

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Old 04-08-2008, 11:45 PM   #2
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I freakin' love that handle! That's the one I'd have taken if I was getting a Wa' rehandled. I assume you had him sharpen it while he was at it...

I've been thinking of getting a Hiromoto Wa-Gyuto or Wa-Sujihiki and having Dave sharpen it and put a new handle on it. You got my favorite but there's still lots of beauties left.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:47 PM   #3
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BTW, if you eBay 'em all, let me know. That psychadelic one rox!
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:18 AM   #4
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Very nice! Queen of the knife block, that one.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:15 AM   #5
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Rob - Dave didn't have to sharpen it. I've owned the Yoshie for about three months and only used it in rotation for a week and a half or so. It still has the factory edge. It slices like the devil as evidenced by the see through carrot slices. I like to do lots of chopping and that blade won't go away! The SKD just plain does not want to chip, although I've only used it on a Sani-Tuff rubber board which is as gentle as any board out there.

As for the psychodelic knife (below), it was given to my daughter and son-in-law last Christmas. It's a Hiromoto AS 240mm Gyuto and in my humble home cook's opinion will stand up to any chef's knife at any price. It works. The handle job was done by Butch.

Incidentally, I drank too much Mollydooker last night, pulled the plug, and placed a midnight order for a Kikuichi Elite Carbon 270mm Sujihiki to replace a Tojiro DP. That tip fascinates me and everything I've read says it's the thinnest Suji around - just my style. I might have Butch put a handle on both of those before I'm finished.

Off topic, but if any of you are winos, please do check out the Mollydooker site. I harrassed Sparky and Sarah for over a year to start distributing in Florida and the end result was a distributor direct program, no sales tax outside of California, and free shipping in case lots. The '95 The Boxer was Robert Parker's world's best red wine (RP 96) under $20 and it's worth three times that amount. I own all of their wines, the expensive ones for investment purposes, and the mid and lower priced bottles for my friends' and my pleasure. Sparky & Sarah are super people. I met them last July at a wine tasting here in Naples and on my next trip to Australia definitely plan on visiting their winery.

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Love that micarta.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:47 PM   #7
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I almost bought the Harner "Starry Night" with the Micarta handle based on the VanGogh painting but at the last minute decided to pass. I really loved the handle but it wasn't a blade pattern I use a lot, plus I'd just bought a few other knives and didn't wanna blow all my cash. I'm still impatiently waiting for HT Ryerson to get his Original Seven done so he can start building a knife for me!

Is the Tojiro DP you're replacing a Suji? How long?
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I'm still impatiently waiting for HT Ryerson to get his Original Seven done so he can start building a knife for me!

Is the Tojiro DP you're replacing a Suji? How long?
Yeah, a Toji 270 Suji.

H.T. is working on a prototype for the pass around. His original is shown in the pic but he doesn't like it so he's still grinding away to get it right before he starts mass producing. The handle sucks too so that is also being changed.

You might want to wait until he gets off the ground. He told me that he has a nice inventory of exotic woods for customs/one offs.....

edit - this handle looks like leopardwood.
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Yeah, he needs to tweak that one. A suji shouldn't have a belly like a gyuto but it shouldn't be that flat either. I'm eager to see the finished product- he seems to love knives and does great work.
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Btw, does Butch have a price list for services like rehandling? I like his work and wouldnt mind having him to a couple for me, assuming it's a service he offers and not a one-of for a buddy.
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