I hate to admit this but I lost my Chef's knife (insert dramatic sting)
My beautiful and faithful servant, I remember just how long it took to find it, testing countless knives before one felt just right, perfectly balanced, it was a perfect fit.
What's worse is that it isn't the first knife I've lost. I can't exactly explain how I lost it, let's just say it ended up in the bin. First I "lost" my utility knife and just before I went away I "lost" my Chef's knife. I had thought I could just replace it with another but currently none of the stores that had them are stocking them anymore.
While Paalo stopped over in Tokyo he happened upon a knife stall in the Tsukiji Market and knowing my predicament he purchased for me a most beautiful knife.
Sugimoto started in the 1830's, back then they made swords and knives and as time progressed they developed their skills to what they are today, true craftsmen. If you go to their stall in the market you will see that the knives are all hand forged and hand made.
Inside its wooden sheath is a traditional Japanese style knife - it is called Deba and it is used for fish filleting and slicing of meats and fish
The difference between this and a Western style knife is that it is single sided - it is sharpened only on one side and this allows for a very fine edge.
Just perfect as a sushi knife.
As Paalo was so impressed with Tokyo he decided that I just had to see it for myself, so on the way back to Australia we stopped over for 3 days where I managed to add another two knives from Sugimoto
Both Western Style, I finally have my new Chef's knife and
The balance has been restored and I will do my best not to lose these!