This is the sort of support group I need for my addiction. Each Christmas my mother buys the kids one nice gift of our choosing. Until 2004 I would just say "oh anything's fine." That officially ended for good that year. I have procured others along the way and there you have it.
The first shot is the entire collection. The second is what's in the work kit right now. Those after are closer shots of the special ones, but all the photos are fairly crummy. Sorry.
Here's the list left to right with some notes about each:
Mac Superior 10.5" Serrated. Hated the serration and had it re-done.
Blazen 10.75" Slicer. Use it for portioning fish/meat slicing. Fantastic knife.
Kitaoka Suminagashi 9.5" Yanagiba. Not too much action in the stable yet. Gorgeous and, if I need to be able to read through what I'm cutting...
Sabatier 12" Chef's Knife. Thinner than current style I'm told. Very balanced for such a large knife.
RyuSen Damascus 9.5" (now 8.75" and thinned) Daily driver and the work horse of the stable since acquired. Had the spine rounded for comfort as I do some of my chefs and gyutos.
Shigefusa 8.25". Perfectly balanced and elegant. Best feel in the hand of any knife I own. It sees work more and more.
Kobayashi 7" . My first Japanese blade. A whole lot of knife for the money.
Takagi 7" Honyaki. Becoming a daily user. Light fast and perpetually sharp. Ground slighly thinner and rounded the spine.
Michael Rader 7" Mustard Patina. Completely functional work of art. Home use only. Certainly soon to become a Master Smith. Scratched the finish and Michael said he'd reapply and sharpen it as needed. Astounding work.
Oishi 7" Great edge and very pretty. Lightly used though as it's a little narrow for my large hand.
Sakon 6" Petit Gyoto. A razor for scoring duck breasts.
Tadafusa Shirogami 7" Deba. Abused by hardy herbs, chocolate, ginger and frozen food.
Unknown Swedish 7" Filet. Acquired by father on business in Sweden. Love it for sentimental and functional reasons.
Global 7" Filet. Got it to replace above as I'll never be able to replace it. A little too flexible. Should give it another go.
Global 5" Utility. Good for boning out chickens. A good little knife.
Michael Rader 3.5" Mustard Patina. Paring. Another gorgeous and well made knife.
Sabatier 3" Paring. Parers should be LIGHT and sharp. Gets hair shaving sharp and will be replaced for cheap when the day comes.Attachment 1663
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