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Dec 9, 2011 03:00 PM

Ban Tang ... now that is one cool looking thin knife ...

This post is strictly "knife porn". If your other half would NOT appreciate you looking at these, much less buying one - stop now. You have been warned.

It's all cowboy's fault - he got me on the idea of a "laser knife" so I did some googling ...


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  1. jkling,

    Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing So what is Ban Tang? It seems like this is the name of the person who posted these videos. However, who made the knives? My internet has restriction, so I cannot see everything. Thanks.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      Chem, not sure what you could get to but here is an interview with Ban Tang, who is a custom knifemaker:

      1. re: SanityRemoved

        :) I cannot see it now. I will later look at it using my other computer. :)

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          To see starting prices for knives on Ban Tang's site you have to click on the pictures. The Ultra Thin Santoku that Jeff linked starts at $350. If you chase the links around there is a discussion regarding sharpening between Ban Tang and Rick Marchand that is interesting.

          1. re: SanityRemoved

            Now, I read the interview and saw the prices. Not cheap. The $350 is only the base price too. Any special request will get it over $400.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Yes I saw that. I took the liberty of reaching out to Ban to see if he would consider doing a limited production run of this one knife - for a reduced price. It's my hope that if we perhaps could get enough people to pre-commit (from here, bladeforums, etc), perhaps Ban might consider doing a production run for a more approachable price point.

              We'll see what happens ...

              1. re: jkling17

                :) Stay with me, J. Stay focus. Snap out of it. :P

                Really. Is a thin laser knife in your next to purchase list? I often get momentarily by other beautiful knives too, but for now, I am keeping my eyes on an usuba :D (I think I will keep it on the low price side since I have much to learn to use the usuba)

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  (head reeling from a firm shaking). LOL. Yeah well i really do want ONE truly high-end "food razor". I can't say that I'm "in the market" for one ... BUT ... for a reasonable price to get something that good ... yeah ... yeah I'd do that.

                  1. re: jkling17

                    The late Bob Loveless, whose knives have sold for over $20,000 had this to say, "Why would anyone pay $3,000 for a hunting knife? They say, because my name is on it. I'm carrying an awfully big rep. If I were a gunfighter, I'd be hiding in a cave somewhere. But I wouldn't spend that much money for a knife if it were autographed by Jesus Christ himself!"

                    1. re: SanityRemoved

                      Hi, SanityRemoved:

                      Yeah, well, most of those buyers were paying $3K for small-wheel hollow-grind knives the profiles of which IMO were not much good for hunting or what comes after, Fame and rep are funny things. To me, the truly admirable thing about Loveless was his trueness to himself and his style.

                      To my jaundiced eye, this Ban Tang guy has the "eye" for profiles. It's hard to get a toehold in pro knifemaking without pandering to the mouthbreathers' demand for fighters and "tacticals" and Hibbenesque fantasticals. But the thin "vegetable chef" the OP is drooling over is an adroit work. I hope Ban Tang makes it to the big leagues (and sticks with) creating using knives with this level of elan. Global and Frederick Porsche should have his kind of eye. Eloquent fellow, too.

                      $350 for a handmade knife of this level is eminently reasonable. Porn--even knife porn--is a passing thing. This girl may be the marrying kind.


                      1. re: kaleokahu

                        >> $350 for a handmade knife of this level is eminently reasonable. Porn--even knife porn--is a passing thing. This girl may be the marrying kind.

                        First, I got a good laugh out of that - so thank you.

                        We'll see what happens. Chris Reeve's custom sikayo is between $200-225. I'm looking forward to seeing Ban's response.

                        1. re: kaleokahu

                          I agree, $350 for a handmade knife is reasonable. I've had a half dozen pocket, hunting and tactical knives that were lost or disappeared over the years. Because I believe like Loveless and many knifemakers that a knife should be used rather than sit on a shelf, I would never spend $3000 on a knife.

                          Ban Tang has some really nice looking knives but they also exude that "use me"

                      2. re: jkling17

                        :) I think you can probably get a thin blade hard steel knife under $200, but cowboy probably can point to a much direction. When the time comes and you want to get a thin blade knife, you can always make another post for recommendations.