Established in 1928, Gihei is one of the innovative small blacksmith shops working in Niigata Prefecture today. The owner, Atsushi Hosokawa, has been very proactive in using and developing knives with the best steels available such as ZDP189 and HAP40 and others. We have been doing business with Gihei for several years and they make our Richmond ZDP189 knives for us. Located in Sanjo City, Japan, this small shop is known for producing really fine knives with excellent grinds and they use top shelf steels. Their heat treating is exceptional and they make these knives in small batches with tight controls on quality. The cutting edge on these knives is made of HAP40 steel clad with stainless steel which is one of the best in terms of wear resistance on the market today. These knives are heat treated flawlessly at 65-66 Rockwell and they take a great edge and hold it for an incredibly long time. We nicknamed this steel "voodoo steel" and along with the quality craftsmanship we think these knives offer great value.
CKTG is at heart a small business so the service is personal. They are one of the rare companies that actually dispatch the order the same day as receiving it and provide tracking information. It is great to deal with an individual by name and itís evident that they take pride and love in what they do.
Had a problem with one of the products and they went out of their way to resolve. I would highly recommend dealing with this company. Itís nice to find a company who cares and they will get me as a return customer.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
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As always, the shopping experience at Chef Knives to Go was excellent. Fast, free shipping, great website description of the product, and the confidence instilled in me because I know that if there are any problems the good people at Chef Knives to Go will help me work it out.
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