Atoma 140

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Summary: The Atoma 140 is the most used tool for repairing or reprofiling knives in my sharpening kit. Grit: Extra Coarse 140 grit, which is as coarse as sharpening stones get. Break-in: It takes four to five sharpening sessions to break in the Atoma 140. After that, the surface feels a bit smoother and less […]

Kaishin “THIN SERIES” Aogami Super Gyuto

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Maker: Nakamura Hamono Model: Kaishin “THIN SERIES” Aogami Super Gyuto 210mm Blade Profile: Classic Gyuto profile, though slightly more aggressive when compared to the similar designed Yoshihiro.     Blade Core Material: Aogami Super or Blue Super with stainless steel cladding.Blade Hardness: 64 Rockwell, which is VERY impressive for a hand-made Japanese knife at this […]

Yoshihiro Aogami Super Gyuto

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Maker: Yamawaki Hamono Model: Yoshihiro Aogami Super Gyuto 210mm Summary: Yoshihiro makes one of the best Japanese kitchen knives for under $200. This aogami super or blue super is also one of the sharpest knives I have used in the kitchen. Blade Profile: Classic Gyuto profile, though slightly less aggressive when compared to the similar […]

King Deluxe 1K

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King Deluxe 1K Quick Summary: Speed: 6 out of 10 / Feedback: 7 out of 10 / Wear: 6 out of 10 / Overall Performance: 7 out of 10  Quick Summary: The King Deluxe 1K has a favorite of many hand sharpeners, including myself. It is a good-performing whetstone but not great for knives over […]

Top 5 Japanese Chef Knife For Beginners

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Having tested hundreds of Japanese knives through the years, these are the most compelling knives under $100.  Summary Yaxell Mon 8″ Best Fit & Finish Tojiro DP 210mm Tie for Best Overall Misono Molybdenum 8″ Tie for Best Overall Tojiro Shirogami #2 Kurouchi 8″ Best Budget Carbon Steel Mac Knife Chef’s Series 8″– Best Budget […]

Naniwa Pro 3K

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Speed: 8 out of 10 / Feedback: 10 out of 10 / Wear: 8 out of 10 Overall Performance: 9 out of 10  Quick Summary: The Naniwa Pro 3K (aka Naniwa Chosera 3K) manages to blend the best of both worlds. It is fast cutting, slow wearing, and leaves a nice low gloss finish. Why […]