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Forum: Knives 06-27-2011, 01:57 AM
Replies: 28
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Posted By jpaulg
Half the time I just use my 10" Sabatier rather...

Half the time I just use my 10" Sabatier rather than grab my paring knife. With practice you can use the larger chef's knives with delicacy.

Where I find the 10" very useful is processing things...
Forum: Knives 04-25-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,297
Posted By jpaulg
Oh noes Rob and I butt heads agains. Firstly...

Oh noes Rob and I butt heads agains.

Firstly the bolster.
The bolster provides longitudinal stability to the blade.
So the choice is between a blade that snaps easily and a blade that you can't...
Forum: Knives 04-04-2011, 05:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,231
Posted By jpaulg
H. Boker?

H. Boker?
Forum: Knives 01-07-2011, 05:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,037
Posted By jpaulg
ditto

ditto
Forum: Knives 01-04-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,075
Posted By jpaulg
Some thoughts. a) There are several very...

Some thoughts.

a) There are several very good reasons why expensive steel is better than cheap steel. Without getting into lecture mode the better the steel the better the edge the knife will hold...
Forum: Knives 12-29-2010, 12:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,652
Posted By jpaulg
Not necessarily so. The "D" shaped handle is...

Not necessarily so.

The "D" shaped handle is purely for user comfort, and is not related to whether the blade is single bevel or double bevel. In fact I can't recall seeing the "D" handle on a...
Forum: Knives 12-19-2010, 04:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,076
Posted By jpaulg
Small population, big country = poor market for...

Small population, big country = poor market for specialist gear of any description.
Forum: Knives 12-19-2010, 03:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,076
Posted By jpaulg
Remember where I heard about Masahiro. I've...

Remember where I heard about Masahiro.

I've been toying with the idea of replacing my Yanagiba with a Takohiki and Masahiro are one of the brands I've looked at.
eBay Australia Store: Search...
Forum: Knives 12-19-2010, 02:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,076
Posted By jpaulg
The Icel is sold as a Mundial equivalent brand...

The Icel is sold as a Mundial equivalent brand her in Oz. It's Brazilian made using German steel if I remember correctly.

Masahiro rings a bell but can't place them.
Forum: Knives 12-17-2010, 02:54 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
The cosmetics can be important. Blue and black...

The cosmetics can be important.
Blue and black steels get nice grey patina but white and yellow steels will take an ugly red/brown patina. Either way they don't look as clean as stainless and I've...
Forum: Knives 12-16-2010, 08:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
For me its the ease of sharpening that has moved...

For me its the ease of sharpening that has moved me from the hard 'supersteels' to CS. Two or three strokes on a slick steel and you're back to shaving sharpness. When you put them on the stones you...
Forum: Knives 12-16-2010, 01:40 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
Some people would say that gyutos use very...

Some people would say that gyutos use very expensive "super steel" that is trying to get the same performance as Carbon Steel but ultimately is inferior in performance to a Carbon Steel Chef's knife....
Forum: Knives 12-13-2010, 02:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
That's a nice cleaver, a little on the small side...

That's a nice cleaver, a little on the small side but it will do in a pinch.
Forum: Knives 12-13-2010, 02:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,354
Posted By jpaulg
Nakiris are just the best vegetable knife on the...

Nakiris are just the best vegetable knife on the planet. I prefer my Usaba but that's me being a carbon steel snob and a good Nakiri is a better knife than a Usaba.

I highly recommend a...
Forum: Knives 12-06-2010, 03:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,931
Posted By jpaulg
I'll talk chopping boards and let other talk...

I'll talk chopping boards and let other talk J-knives.
- End grain is what you want. End grain is less likely to split and warp.
- Bigger is better, and 20"x15"x1.5" is a good size.
- Avoid...
Forum: Knives 12-04-2010, 02:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
You can get good vintage steels on ebay...

You can get good vintage steels on ebay relatively cheaply, ie between $50 and $100. Just look for one with a good steel and an ok handle. The collectors want the good handles so you don't want to be...
Forum: Knives 12-04-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,732
Posted By jpaulg
One thing I would suggest in addition to what...

One thing I would suggest in addition to what everybody else has said is to get some cheap waterstones and practice sharpening by hand before setting up shop with a machine.

Doing sharpening by...
Forum: Knives 11-28-2010, 04:52 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
No one buys decent steels/hones let alone know...

No one buys decent steels/hones let alone know how to use them in kitchens. Out here in Oz it's the meatworkers who are buying up all the antique pre-war F Dicks and the Williams-Smithfield pipe...
Forum: Knives 11-27-2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
Nah, we know we're knife nerds and that we're...

Nah, we know we're knife nerds and that we're doing things that 99% of people who work with knives for a living don't bother with. There is a point of diminishing returns and we've passed it.
Forum: Knives 11-26-2010, 07:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
Superstone I'm pretty sure, but I don't keep the...

Superstone I'm pretty sure, but I don't keep the boxes or anything like that. By the time I get to the 10K I'm being all soft and gentle with the knives and giving them my final polish so I'm not...
Forum: Knives 11-26-2010, 06:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
I have a Henckels 220/400 waterstone, which is...

I have a Henckels 220/400 waterstone, which is hard hard hard and I mainly use for flattening my J-stones or repairing chips.
The stones I actually use are:
1K King (I thinks its 1K, it might be...
Forum: Knives 11-25-2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,487
Posted By jpaulg
Tojiro is a brand of Japanese knife, they have a...

Tojiro is a brand of Japanese knife, they have a very good reputation for providing value for money products.
A yanagiba is a Japanese fish knife. Commonly called a sashimi knife.

As for getting...
Forum: Knives 11-25-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
I don't think we disagree too much, its more a...

I don't think we disagree too much, its more a case of having different perspectives on things. As you say modern techniques are re-writing a lot of things about knife steel.

Funny thing about the...
Forum: Knives 11-24-2010, 11:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,459
Posted By jpaulg
Time for me to muddy the waters ;) J-knives...

Time for me to muddy the waters ;)

J-knives are not necessarily thinner than Western knives. If you go for traditional single bevel knives like Usabas (vegetable) or Yanagibas (Fish) knives then...
Forum: Knives 11-11-2010, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,309
Posted By jpaulg
If you're processing whole carcasses, go the...

If you're processing whole carcasses, go the sheet cleaver. It's designed to deal with sinews and tendons as well as bones.

A bone saw is another thing you'll need, but cleavers and saws do...
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