It was my first visit to Rangelrooij today. What a beautiful shop! Very broad selection of amazing knives. Nice, friendly, helpful and humble people. I almost felt I was (back) in Japan, walking into a knife shop on Kappabashi street in Tokyo (where I bought my first Japanese knife 7 years ago). I could sense the love, respect and appreciation for Japanese knives and their makers. Which made me feel right at home.
I was specifically looking for a Sujihiki knife, so I resisted the pull of all the other knives around me. They showed me several Sujihiki's that would have all made the cut if I didn't want to choose just one. Every Japanese knife has its own story, their own history and the legacy of their makers. There's no doubt that all these knives are pieces of Art, made by very skilled artists and obviously more than ample for my humble knife skills. So yeah, how did I make the choice?
It came down to intuition, to the feeling that each knife gave me, whatever caught my eyes the most.
This Ryusen Fukakuryu spoke to me the loudest, mostly because of the special attention to the details in the shape of the handle. I had to get used to it a little bit at first, but after holding it for a few times it quickly felt natural in my hand. Very natural actually. We've made the bond so to speak.
The blade is obviously well made, very beautiful, super thin for a Sujihiki and so sharp that I feel like I'll cut myself just by looking at it. And I definitely will be looking at it, every day. And that will be soothing to me!
Elwin de Veld also gave me an Asahi cutting board to try out at home for a few weeks, which I think was a very nice gesture. I'm very interested in either an Asahi or Hasegawa cutting board. Heard nothing but good words about both of them, but they are hard to find in the Netherlands. Let alone getting the chance to work with one of them before purchase. I can't wait to test that cutting board with my knew Sujihiki tomorrow! And I'm 'afraid' that when I return the Asahi cutting board together with my feedback in a few weeks, it won't be the last time I'll visit the Rangelrooij shop.