Need Assistance Identifying my Japanese Chef Knives

Discussion in 'Cooking Knife Reviews' started by richskitchen, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. richskitchen

    richskitchen

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    I received this beautiful pair of Japanese chef knives as a wedding gift in 1999, but have since discarded the original packaging.

    Due to a renewed interest, I am determined to identify the manufacturer. They are a 7" Usuba and an 8" Yanagi. I thought they might have been Kikuichi, but have since found out they are not.

    I'd greatly appreciate anyone's insight here. Thanks.



     
  2. wubu

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    I want to say it's a Tojiro, their traditional series...which are more "artistic" with their brand etching..

    http://tojiro.net/en/products/knives_j.html

    could possibly be the blue paper carbon or judging by the lack of patina I'll assume it's the moly-vanadium stainless instead. Also, I can't tell from the photos whether it's the 2-layer moly or the single steel moly, which you should be able to see at the bevel line.

    the 郎 on their wa handle knives look more like 房 to me though, which annoys me a bit :p

    edit: forgot their traditional knives page has an english version :p
     
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  3. boar_d_laze

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    I think they might be early versions of what's now Tojiro's "Forged MV" series.  I'm not sure at all, but think they're made from something like AUS-8.  Ish. 

    Don't plan on financing your kids' college educations by putting them up on e-bay.  They're entry level, not high end. 

    BDL
     
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  4. richskitchen

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    Thanks for your input.  Much appreciated.