02-27-2018, 09:07 PM
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Thanks for the comments all, and appreciate your detailed input Claus. I was also considering an additional line from Yaxell, the BD1N steel. I believe they come to a 63 on the Rockwell scale, and are solid vs. clad. Micarta handles. Still perusing the reviews, but so far looks promising.

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 02-28-2018, 02:23 AM
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(02-27-2018, 09:07 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: Thanks for the comments all, and appreciate your detailed input Claus. I was also considering an additional line from Yaxell, the BD1N steel. I believe they come to a 63 on the Rockwell scale, and are solid vs. clad. Micarta handles. Still perusing the reviews, but so far looks promising.

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I believe Yaxell Dragon is a step down compared to Miyabi Artisan, to be quite honest. The blade profile and fit & finish aren’t quite up there with what you get in the Miyabi Artisan.

If you want to go a step up in the Yaxell range, look for Yaxell Gou and Yaxell Super Gou. Yaxell Gou and Super Gou have flawless finish and blade profile.

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 02-28-2018, 12:24 PM
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I have had terrific luck w japanesechefsknife

My favorites have been blue steel blades clad in stainless. The thinness makes them so special. Wicked sharp. Easy to Resharpen.

The Petty’s are so good and sharp I hardly use larger blades for anything these days.

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 02-28-2018, 04:55 PM
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(06-01-2017, 11:36 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I just added 4 of the Miyabi 6000 MCT knives to my collection. Rockwell 63, SG2 steel, nice heft and a handle that fits my hands. Only issue is the wooden handle. But the Miyabi chief of sales told me not to worry, as long as I never leave the knife in the sink, which you should not do anyway......

Chefs knife 20cm & 16cm
Santoku 18 cm
Rocking santoku 18 cm

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Mmmmmm.  Good choice sir.

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 03-02-2018, 07:24 PM
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(02-28-2018, 04:55 PM)Lipripper60 Wrote:
(06-01-2017, 11:36 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I just added 4 of the Miyabi 6000 MCT knives to my collection. Rockwell 63, SG2 steel, nice heft and a handle that fits my hands. Only issue is the wooden handle. But the Miyabi chief of sales told me not to worry, as long as I never leave the knife in the sink, which you should not do anyway......

Chefs knife 20cm & 16cm
Santoku 18 cm
Rocking santoku 18 cm

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Mmmmmm.  Good choice sir.

Thank you, I now own 8 of these Miyabi Artisan knives, and they are a joy to use every day in the kitchen.

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 03-09-2018, 09:20 AM
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I have tried some japanese knives and they just don't sit well in my hands.  I own a few Lamson Sharp knives and absolutely love them.  German steel, rosewood handles, and American made in Massachusetts.  These are MUCH better than Wustof IMHO.

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 03-09-2018, 08:04 PM
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German steel, American made ... good idea. Those look very nice. 
I should have seen this before ordering a German knife. 
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 03-09-2018, 09:02 PM
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Those Miyabi Artisan knives are beautiful! Just picked up the 5.5" santoku -- first kitchen knife purchase in decades.

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 03-09-2018, 10:49 PM
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I just recieved a few Yaxell knives: a 8” chefs, 3.5” paring, and a 8.5” vegetable cleaver. Fit and finish are solid; apart from not having polished spines - there are no unfinished areas or perceivable transitions around the choil or rivets. Side note: you can buy the chefs knife in western style (pronounced belly, curved profile), or Asian (straighter, narrower profile). I prefer the latter (pictured above in a previous post) as I do more push cuts & slicing vs. rock-chopping with that particular knife. 

While I like the myabi artisan - it was the birchwood that really garnered my interest. That said, I checked out some cut-tests that showed just average blade retention for the birchwood given its Rockwell rating of 63 (150< cuts). Consider that the Yaxell (dragon fire) got 600+ out of the same hardness rating, which is why I went the direction I did. 

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 03-10-2018, 06:10 AM
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Ryky is the man.

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