Updated on 16 October, 2021
If you're looking to get a great deal on a new Japanese knife, you've come to the right place. Specifically, we're going to talk about some of the cons of buying from a private seller, how to avoid the pitfalls of online auctions and stores, and what to look for when purchasing a blade for your new Japanese knife set. After reading this article, you should be better prepared to make an informed decision and hopefully save yourself some money. By the time you're finished reading, you'll know everything there is to know about Japanese knives.
One of the biggest issues with Japanese knife brands is that there is a wide variety in quality and pricing. For this reason, it's easy to buy a great knife that doesn't work properly or doesn't hold an edge well. This is one of the biggest problems with Japanese knife brands, especially if you're looking to spend a lot of money.
The next big problem with Japanese knife brands is that they are extremely versatile. In other words, you can purchase a basic Japanese knife set for less than $200 and use it everyday for many years. However, as I mentioned earlier, there are some major cons of buying a set of Japanese knives, such as the fact that they're very versatile and can be used everyday without any problems.
The next issue I'm going to touch on is the usability of the blade. There are two major issues with the way these Japanese knives operate: their sharpness and their balance. As you may have noticed when searching online for a Japanese sushi knife, they are available with a full tang or a cross shaped edge. The reason this matters is because the balance is very important, and if you lose your balance while chopping the bamboo stick with a Japanese kubota, you're going to get seriously injured.
The third major issue I'm going to touch on is the price range of the Japanese knives. On the surface, they seem to cost a lot more than their western counterparts, but the price range varies quite a bit between different brands. As you might expect, the more popular the brand is, the price range tends to be more extreme. If you're serious about buying a Japanese knife, I recommend that you do some price comparisons to help make your decision.
Last but not least, one of the biggest issues I have with Japanese knife brands is that they don't have much quality in craftsmanship. If you look online, you'll find out that the blades of these Japanese sushi knives look absolutely horrible! There are hundreds of thousands of people who have purchased Japanese sashimi knives that look absolutely beautiful and they have nothing to impress anyone else with. Unless you want a cheap sushi knife, I would recommend staying away from the Japanese.
If I had to pick only one Japanese knife brand to bring with me when I travel to Tokyo, it would definitely be the Masamune. I like Masamune for many reasons, and I think the overall quality is one of its best attributes. If you're a sushi chef, or if you ever plan on doing sushi rolls for business, I highly recommend that you buy yourself a Masamune.
Overall, I'd say that both the Misono and the Hitachi are great Japanese knives. The Misono probably has the most unique blade appearance, but that's also because it is made from a tough high carbon steel material. Japanese makers also commonly use a Japanese black lacquer for the handle of their kitchen knives. These Japanese knives can be purchased at any store in the country, but the best prices can usually be found online. I would definitely check out both brands before making your purchase.