- Joined Jul 8, 2016
i have my whole set for work, i just love knives and i want another also i saw the Masakage at 258 usd but about spend to much on vg10 it's a good point!
2 totally different knives, so what are you really thinking here? It is unclear what you are looking for.
I will say that I would never spend $340 for a VG-10 knife, it's not that great a steel.
i have my whole set for work, i don´t scratch while sharpening so it's not a problem and i wouldn't take this knife at work i just love knives and i want another that look and perform beautifully and both are stainless, i've heard a lot of good things about the Shibata Kotetsu and none of the Masakage but i have to admit that Kumo looks better (by the look) for me and i can only afford one of them
The thing about expensive knives is that you will scratch them up sharpening. Then they don't look as nice. The other thing about nice knives is they get stolen.
For work, my priority is different than for collecting. My priorities and everybody's can be different of course
1) Grind, cutitng performance
2) Profile - I don't care how nice it cuts if it is not a shape I want to use
3) Ease of sharpening - I like wide bevel carbons because they are so easy to maintain and make them look 'like new'
4) edge retention - this a struggle with #3 and sometimes #1. You can't have it all
5) handle -this is low on the list because with a good grip you can use any knife and also I can replace handles
6) fit and finish -low on the list unless it is glaringly bad on an expensive knife. Typically you can round the spine etc on your own
7) price - i don't bring anything more than $150 to work
So what is important to you? Cutting performance, sharpenability, edge retention? Budget?
not trying to promote my stuff, first of all not allowed, second i don't make knives like that. you don't know what is happening 8000 miles away. large companies out source, assemble the pieces and afix their name. when ever someone asks for recommendations, the first replies are almost always Japanese makers. no one mentions Lamson, Nora, Calton, Warther, R Murphy, New West Knifeworks, Cut Brooklyn, Saba, Cangshan, serenity, HHH custom,. Salem Straub, and the list goes on. lots of beginners here would probably be better off with something from Old Hickory or Case or Rada to learn with.
Scott, just because you make your own knives doesn't give you the right to smear Japanese smiths who have a stellar reputation for a reason. Slander is not the way to promote your own products, you'll soon discover.
Well for the record, there are a number of cheap blades made in China:About which so-called Japanese blades that are actually made in China are you speaking?