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    Username Post: Maestro Wu knives?        (Topic#880028)
    sophath
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    06-10-10 16:53.27 - Post#2146902    



    i just went on cktg and saw this page http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mawuk...
    I do remember seeing a video of it somewhere. Sounds actually pretty interesting. And they are ecologic lol. Made from recycled bombshell Any idea how much these will cost? And what style will we be getting?

    Edited by sophath on 06-10-10 16:54.03. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     


    Seb
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    06-10-10 17:17.38 - Post#2146909    


        In response to sophath

    There's some pretty cool stories behind the bombshells lobbed into Taiwan that eventually contributed the tungsten steel used in these knives.

    Legend has it that the shells were fired at Taiwan by the PRC but failed to explode because fuses were never set (reason being that the Mainland Chinese did not intend to kill their fellow Chinese in Taiwan), but were fired solely as a political gesture. So the shells were dug up and stockpiled and eventually used to make kitchen knives. True or not, I think it's a pretty cool yarn.

    I have been thinking about these for a while but I am a late- rather than early-adopter: prefer to read some reviews before committing.

    Another product I am curious about but haven't heard enough on is the Evergood line.
     
    Charles Barkley
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    06-11-10 02:15.02 - Post#2147060    


        In response to Seb

    I almost went to visit the Maestro and would have bought a knife, but tickets were all booked to that island when I was in Taiwan.

    He makes knives on a small island 2-3 miles off the coast of mainland China, which if your geography isn't fresh, is quite far away from Taiwan. The island got shelled to bits and is still an active military base.

    I heard the shells that he uses were not intended to explode-rather they were shells holding propaganda that would split open on impact. Because of this, they were made of decent quality steel. It's not going to be decent by Japanese standards, but for a chinese butcher knife it might be ok.

    ETA: Wow, hardened to that level and damascus? Someone must have made a deal with the guy to sell with his gimmick to the western market, cause that sounds nothing like the knives I heard he was making while I was in Taiwan (where supposedly you can pick out a piece of bomb fragment and come back later to get a brand new knife).

    Edited by Charles Barkley on 06-11-10 02:19.16. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    phageghost
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    06-11-10 04:52.50 - Post#2147166    


        In response to Seb

    • Seb Said:
    (reason being that the Mainland Chinese did not intend to kill their fellow Chinese in Taiwan), but were fired solely as a political gesture. So the shells were dug up and stockpiled and eventually used to make kitchen knives. True or not, I think it's a pretty cool yarn.




    Given that the Chinese civil war resulted in about a million military deaths plus at least that many civilian deaths, there doesn't seem to have been much squeamishness about killing fellow Chinese, so I'd vote for no. It does make for a nice story though.

    I think the knives have a cool provenance, but any speculation as to what is in "bombshell steel" of that era? Someone mentioned tungsten. I'd imagine that purity levels weren't as high as modern steels, particularly with the massive quantities needed.
     
    swarfx
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    06-11-10 05:48.12 - Post#2147207    


        In response to phageghost

    Tom Blodgett (jendeindustries), who is a member here, posting mainly on the Keeping Sharp forum and President of the company Jende Industries located on Taiwan is the man to ask about these knives. He has carried the line for some time: http://www.jendeindustries.com/mm5/...

    Used to have the story of visiting the factory and meeting the Smith along with pictures on his site. Not sure if it's still there somewhere.

    Rob
     
    Seb
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    06-11-10 11:03.46 - Post#2147369    


        In response to phageghost

    • phageghost Said:
    Given that the Chinese civil war resulted in about a million military deaths plus at least that many civilian deaths, there doesn't seem to have been much squeamishness about killing fellow Chinese, so I'd vote for no. It does make for a nice story though.



    Perhaps, but strange things happen. Things are not always Black and White.
     
    swarfx
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    Seb
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    06-11-10 12:55.08 - Post#2147421    


        In response to swarfx

    • swarfx Said:


    Good find, thank you.
     

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    06-11-10 12:58.04 - Post#2147424    


        In response to sophath

    Hi Sopath,

    I got 5-6 different skus coming. I'm really excited about these knives. I got a couple cleavers, a couple chef knives and a couple yanagis. I'll let you know when I have the pages, prices, copy, video, pics and items in hand and ready to ship.

    Mark
     
    verdantone
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    06-11-10 16:56.38 - Post#2147522    


        In response to markr37

    Looks like there's some available on ebay

    Kinmen Deba

    Kinmen Yanagi
     


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