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Looking for a custom Left-Handed Deba

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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. 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.

    http://japanesechefsknife.com/MizunoT...

    http://japanesechefsknife.com/MASAMOT...

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

    http://www.kitchen-knife.jp/pro/pro.htm

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

    http://japanesechefsknife.com/HKVSeri...

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

      1. EpicureanEdge carries quite a few left handed deba...
        http://www.epicedge.com/shopdisplaypr...

        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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        1. re: JavaBean

          <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.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            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.

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

          http://www.chefknivestogo.com/takedad...

          I'm really happy with it.