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Dkpack99
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Help me spend some money!

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1)Pro or home cook? Home Cook, mostly veggies to dump into my stir fry’s…

2)What kind of knife do you want? Probably Bunka.. appreciate any advice rounding out my set up, interested in something new / different.

3) What size knife do you want? Likely 180mm… although tempted to go with a 240 Kiritsuke…

4)How much do you want to spend? Preferably $150 or less… maybe go cheap! Maybe more if it’s worth it… Just need a new toy to learn and play with.

5) Do you prefer all stainless, stainless clad over reactive carbon, or all reactive carbon construction? I’m up for anything (as long as you don’t have to be a master to sharpen it)

6)Do you prefer Western or Japanese handle? - Japanese Handle

7)What are your main knife/knives now?

Kohetsu SLD Gyuto 210mm
—— maybe a new knife in this range?—— :D
Daovua - 165mm Carbon steel nakiri
Kohetsu Shinano Blue #2 Tall Petty 120mm
30 year old set of Henckels 5 Star bought when I graduated college
Assortment of Chicago Cutlery & other knives from Good Will to practice my sharpening

8)Are your knife skills excellent, good, fair?

My skills are fair / good.. the wife’s skills are poor to horrible (average 1 emergency room trip per year!)

9)What cutting techniques do you prefer? Are you a rocker, chopper or push/pull cutter?
I’m working on my skills… mostly a pusher…

10)Do you know how to sharpen… I guess I’d say I’m somewhat competent.. I struggle with the harder steels…

I have the gear, would love some personal instruction if anyone is in Chicagoland!

DMT Diamond stones
Spyderco Medium & Ultra Fine
Shapton Pro 300
Naniwa Chosera 1000
Shapton Pro 2000
Naniwa Chosera 5000


PS - How about a cheap recommendation and a more costly recommendation!

PPS - I mostly cut veggies, I think a laser might be in order.
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Khyndman
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Re: Help me spend some money!

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This is the santoku (bunka is out of stock)
[URLtarget] https://www.chefknivestogo.com/yagisahaensa.html[/URLtarget]

I got the Nakiri in this line and really like it.
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Kuwabara White #2 Bunka 170mm https://www.chefknivestogo.com/kuwh2bu16.html
Kuwabaras are some of the best knives I've used. Very hard (but easy to sharpen) white steel.
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Stir Fry = Chinese

Chinese = Cleaver

CCK Large Slicer
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/cckcleaver1.html

You will need to learn a new grip (peace sign) with it but it will definitely be different!

for the wife
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/chbaai10pa.html ;)
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trancher wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 6:39 am Stir Fry = Chinese

Chinese = Cleaver

CCK Large Slicer
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/cckcleaver1.html

You will need to learn a new grip (peace sign) with it but it will definitely be different!

for the wife
https://www.chefknivestogo.com/chbaai10pa.html ;)
I would second these recommendations, especially the cleaver. Even the CCK small cleaver (carbon: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/cckcleaver2.html or stainless: https://www.chefknivestogo.com/ccksmstcl.html) would be a fun departure from your current knives. And don't be misled by the name: even though they are called 'small' cleavers, they still are decent sized blades (8" blade length, 3.5" height). They are fun to use!

Even better, they both are in stock here at CKTG!
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This is a very nice knife. I can’t imagine finding something for 150 that would beat this since you are a push cutter. Lots of flat area.

https://www.chefknivestogo.com/haasmoki21.html
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Dkpack99 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 9:18 pm 1)Pro or home cook? Home Cook, mostly veggies to dump into my stir fry’s…

2)What kind of knife do you want? Probably Bunka.. appreciate any advice rounding out my set up, interested in something new / different.

3) What size knife do you want? Likely 180mm… although tempted to go with a 240 Kiritsuke…
Sent you a PM a few moments ago. Have a look?
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CCK 1812 or 1813. Laserish. Makes busting out veg prep very enjoyable.
Dkpack99
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Robstreperous wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 12:07 pm
Dkpack99 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 9:18 pm 1)Pro or home cook? Home Cook, mostly veggies to dump into my stir fry’s…

2)What kind of knife do you want? Probably Bunka.. appreciate any advice rounding out my set up, interested in something new / different.

3) What size knife do you want? Likely 180mm… although tempted to go with a 240 Kiritsuke…
Sent you a PM a few moments ago. Have a look?

Rob, let me know if you received my PM… I don’t think it’s working quite right…
Dkpack99
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Robstreperous wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 12:07 pm
Dkpack99 wrote: Thu May 12, 2022 9:18 pm 1)Pro or home cook? Home Cook, mostly veggies to dump into my stir fry’s…

2)What kind of knife do you want? Probably Bunka.. appreciate any advice rounding out my set up, interested in something new / different.

3) What size knife do you want? Likely 180mm… although tempted to go with a 240 Kiritsuke…
Sent you a PM a few moments ago. Have a look?
Rob, let me know if you received my PM… I don’t think it’s working quite right…
Dkpack99
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Thanks everyone for your advice!
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