Not as nice of course, but the horn handle reminded me.
Looking for a Japanese knife as a gift for a friends wedding. Around £100, western handle, probably Santoku or small Gyuto. Something around 180mm.
Currently split between Niwaki:
Or Tsunehisa Santoku:
Any strong opinions or reccommendations?
I hope they explained to you the use of the notch.
I’d go for the Niwaki. Better steel. I’ve bought knives for my friends as gifts. Whenever I visit I am required to sharpen them.
His wife to be has worked as a chef so I have at least some hope it will be treated well.
The notch is used to peel off willow to make rush baskets,
used to make cheese.
It's useful to work on wood too.
All work a sheperd could do while thz herd was grazing.
The maker was not the most communicative person. So no, they didn’t explain its purpose. It was the one that felt best in the hand.
Happy to do after sales for this beauty.
What's the notch for? Something grim shepherds used to have to do???.
edit just seen. a very wholesome use.
To see that in action would be interesting!
There’s something very depressing about having to re-profile gifted knives to remove nicks and dings.
I guess you can't expect everyone to know how to treat the tools right. At least it shows that the gift has been in good use which has to be a very good thing.
What's this quick release looking circle/hole thing on the back of the sheath for?
To attach the sheath to a button conveniently sewn onto your trousers for that purpose.
I think the idea is it can also fix onto a button
This is the sheath of my (old) mora.
I finally bought a water stone and sharpened my knifes. I don't know why I've been so hesitant and paid other people (pros) to do it. Got them very sharp and it was a great new skill to learn.
Which one? Looking into it at yhe moment
You can just use wet and dry paper ;)
Says he who gets caught up with getting the angles right and doesn't do anything.
At €4.50 each I bought 2.
I've got a very basic Skerper one that works well. Looks like you can get one for about £18. I only started using it about a year ago but seems decent enough to me! Gets my knives nice and sharp.
Cheers man - what grit?
I was worried about this when I started. The truth is, you can still get a sharp edge if your angle game is a bit vague. As long as you’re between 15 and 20 degrees per edge, and when you’ve sharpened to the edge you go by feel, you’re fine. For the 15 degrees, I always go to 45, then look for a third to less than a half of that. The common advice of putting 2 10p coins under the back never made sense to me because knives have different widths, hence you will get different angles. Practice is your friend.
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