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Username Post: It was inevitable-Calphalon Katana        (Topic#754485)
SeanSD
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11-12-05 12:20.53 - Post#794160    



The first mass-produced western version of a Japanese knife at least that I have seen. Calpahalon now has a 33 layer damascus-style set called "Katana" which states "VG Japanese Steel." Has kind of a weird handle where the tang runs horizontally through rather than vertically. I was looking at them through the glass case and some guy was shopping with his wife and said "Beautiful knives, huh?"

$300 for the set and $50 for a chef's knife. I bet they sell fairly well until there is competition in the mass market stores. I will note that they did have that mass-produced look on the blade, where even the damascus looked a little too uniform.

-Sean

 


BenTheShark
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11-12-05 19:54.32 - Post#794335    


    In response to SeanSD

Good luck if you use a pinch-grip! Though, they are quite stylish
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DogBoy79
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01-04-06 13:40.23 - Post#832240    


    In response to BenTheShark

  • Quote:
Good luck if you use a pinch-grip! Though, they are quite stylish


I bought a promo 6" chefs knife from BBB the other day. I'm not sure what you mean by a pinch-grip, but if you like to hold the knife by the blade near the bolster as I do for chopping, then this knife is quite comfortable.

I think it does look stylish as well. Actually buying this knife caused me to start researching knives on the net... which brought me here... which introduced me to 'real' Japanese knives.

Does anyone know the differences between VG-1 (katana) steel and the VG-10 steel which is common in many Japanese knives? (hardness, edge holding, weight, etc.)

Thanks,

DaveJ
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Current Kitchen Knives:
6" Calphalon Katana Chef
6" JA Henckels Int. Cleaver
8" Chicago Cutlery Insignia Santoku
8" Spyderco Chef
Set of Miracle Blade IIs (yeah, I know...)


 
deanb
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01-04-06 14:05.30 - Post#832258    


    In response to SeanSD

Made in China. Sorry, not for me.
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plastics
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01-04-06 14:12.34 - Post#832263    


    In response to DogBoy79

Haven't a clue what the steel is, but they do look rather cool in an Aeon Flux sort of way. How does it cut?
tony


 
plastics
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01-04-06 14:13.48 - Post#832264    


    In response to DogBoy79

Oops. didn't intend a second post.
tony




Edited by plastics on 01-04-06 14:15.31. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
DogBoy79
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01-04-06 14:33.03 - Post#832283    


    In response to plastics

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Haven't a clue what the steel is, but they do look rather cool in an Aeon Flux sort of way. How does it cut?


Dunno, haven't had the chance to use it yet. I won't have much to compare with either.

Current knives:
6" Katana Chefs
6" JA Henckels Int. Cleaver
8" Chicago Cut Insignia Santoku
8" Spyderco Chefs
Set of Miracle Blade IIs (yeah, I know...)
$5 set of dollar store knives (HA!)

DaveJ
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Current Kitchen Knives:
6" Calphalon Katana Chef
6" JA Henckels Int. Cleaver
8" Chicago Cutlery Insignia Santoku
8" Spyderco Chef
Set of Miracle Blade IIs (yeah, I know...)


 
octaveman
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01-04-06 15:18.14 - Post#832323    


    In response to DogBoy79

If a 2nd post occurs, go back to edit then delete it.




 
SeanSD
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01-04-06 17:50.20 - Post#832465    


    In response to DogBoy79

Hey for $50 you don't have a lot invested. If they turn out to be even decent you have a good buy. Not sure what VG-1 is, but it could be some proprietary variation of VG-10!?!?

Mike from Bark River may know, he is pretty up on the steels.

As for being made in China, that's not usually a good sign, but pretty soon many things made elsewhere will be made in China and their quality will improve. Ahhh, capitalism...



 
Amadio
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01-04-06 18:01.55 - Post#832475    


    In response to SeanSD

I tried these out at BBB and they actually were very comfy with a pinch grip. I was very close to picking up the chefs knife instead of the Tojiro Gyuto I had planned to buy. But then my new girl said, "ooohh pretty" while I was looking at the Hattori and the rest is history.

I think I might pick one up maybe the Nakiri. The whole made by Rubbermaid in China thing turns me off, but then I'm loving my Calphalon pans more and more every day dispite my trade prejiduces.
"Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity.
That's how rich I want to be."

~Rita Rudner


 


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