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Looking for a custom Left-Handed Deba

nkulp Sep 25, 2013 09:12 PM

I have recently been in the market for a Custom made Left-Handed Deba and have no idea where to start. I have a great Shun set but would really like to upgrade my collection a piece at a time. Any thoughts, and/or suggestions on makers or websites.


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  1. Chemicalkinetics RE: nkulp Sep 25, 2013 11:05 PM

    Mizuno and Masamoto make some great traditional Deba knives. By the way, are you looking for a carbon steel deba or a stainless steel deba? Just email Koki and he can set you up with the Left-handed version for these Mizuno or Masmoto carbon steel Deba knives.



    In term of customization, Watanabe offers some great Deba which you can ask for customization such as length and thickness ....etc.


    Now, if you want a stainless steel deba, then you can look for Fujiwara FKV Deba:


    I won't say this is a step up from Shun. It has a better geometry, but not necessary better steel.

    Kanetsugu has some stainless steel deba too, but I don' think they are very good.

    1. reedux RE: nkulp Sep 26, 2013 02:27 AM

      Korin should be a place to look. I've seen lots of lefty options there.

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        JavaBean RE: nkulp Sep 26, 2013 11:14 AM

        EpicureanEdge carries quite a few left handed deba...

        If you find a right handed one that you like, ask the dealer if the manufacturer makes a left handed version. Some brands do, but don't advertise them.

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          Chemicalkinetics RE: JavaBean Sep 26, 2013 11:17 AM

          <If you find a right handed one that you like, ask the dealer if the manufacturer makes a left handed version. Some brands do, but don't advertise them.>

          I agree. I think a lot of them do. Koki from JapaneseChefknife can usually find the left hand version of the knife. Cowboyardee bought a gyuto on eBay, and I believe it is from bluewayjapan. He asked for the left handed version, and the guy said yes. It will cost a bit more and almost always a longer wait time because left-handed knives not being in stock.

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            JavaBean RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 27, 2013 08:34 AM

            I've emailed Keichi@BluewayJapan several times in the past. He's really good at answering questions, and can get items beyond his normal inventory. Same with Jon@JapaneseKnifeImports; ex-chef/knife nut with a lot a hands on experiences with different brands. Plus, may be able to facilitate a true custom job; find a maker who can built to specification, from the ground up.

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          wabi RE: nkulp Sep 27, 2013 05:01 PM

          I was faced with the same quandary last year and solved it by purchasing a dual ground Deba made my Shosui Takeda.


          I'm really happy with it.

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