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Aug 19, 2011 11:33 AM

japanese knives


Need recs for places to buy Japanese knives (kasumi or others) that won't dry-out my bank account. Thanks

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  1. Broadway Panhandler near Astor place carries several japanese brands, including Global. They are reasonable in price and offer a number of in-store services like sharpening.

    Broadway Panhandler
    65 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. I'm not sure how wet your bank account is, but Korin is a good place to start. At the very least, you can figure out what you want there, and then shop around for a better price.

      57 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

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      1. re: small h

        just browsed korin web store and indeed seems like a knife for every budget - even a 25 grand one (sssscary...)

        1. re: icorem

          Yeah, I can't imagine what would make a knife worth that much (I am similarly baffled by super-expensive wine). I have a knife from Korin that cost about $50, and it more than meets my knife needs.

          1. re: small h

            You know... You get what you pay for. If you buy cheap wine, its probably not going to taste very good. If you have high expectations for your purchases, you need to make sure you get your money's worth.

            1. re: Chocolate_Penguins

              Korin is it. Most of the store is dedicated to Japanese knives and they really know what they're selling since it's their main business.

              As far as the prices for the super high-end knives, much like wine, they're a function of supply and demand. The really expensive ones are made by masters with a very limited output, and in a cuisine where knife skills are everything, and you have a quasi-spiritual connection to your knife (sounds schmaltzy but it's true), a chef may be willing to spend a small fortune for a knife they'll literally use for a lifetime. But of course Korin has affordable ones too.

              If midtown is more convenient, you could also go to the Japanese Culinary Center on 45th b/w 2nd & 3rd.


        2. re: small h

          I love browsing in Korin. Amazing knives

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Yes, it's like an art gallery. Where the art is really sharp.

        3. Zabar's upstairs.

          2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

          1. Ive got a very nice japanese knife (aritsugu) that could probably use a professional sharpening. Korin's website says that their sharpener is off to japan to study under someone, and that they will only be sharpenign western knives until his returns.

            given how much my knife cost - im not looking to cheap out on the service, but i was wondering if anyone had experience getting knives sharpened at korin and could speculate on the price, or alternately suggest a place that will do a good job on my beloved tool (its a stainless-wrapped carbon fiber w western style handle).

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            1. re: tex.s.toast

              I've been to Korin twice and they treated me really well both times. I've also had knives sharpened there a few times and did a great job each time. I was embarrassed because my mercer knife was crazy looking, but they assured me that its not that bad. lol Kind of curious to see what they've seen. I haven't had a traditional japanese knife done there, but I imagine it would be good too. If you look on their website under services, the information will all be there.

              1. re: Chocolate_Penguins

                thanks - it totally seemed like the place that would be great at it, but i was hoping for first-hand endorsements. i did actually check the website, which was where i saw that they are, for now, not sharpening any japanese knives because their master sharpener is off in japan honing his craft (ha!). especially since i work nearby ill be waiting for that message to update and paying him a visit when he returns.