Posted By: Steve G.
- verified customer06/07/2013:
Kudos to Mark on creating this knife! It represents a great value for the money. The profile is a Funayuki/Gyuto style quite similar to the Konosuke HD2 240 Funi/Gyuto, only shorter. (I own the Kono BTW). The handle is very, very nice. The yew wood is harder and more nicely finished that your typical Ho wood found in many Japanese (Wa) handles.
This knife has a longer neck into the handle from the back of the blade. Longer than the Konosuke. I really like the extra neck length when using a pinch knife grip.
The blade height is shorter than many 240 Gyutos at just over 45mm, but it didn't seem that short during actual use. I'm actually going to put this knife to use doing double duty as a Sujihiki slicer. The factor edge on the blade is very sharp OOTB. It appears to be a 70/30 or 80/20 edge bevel, with the 70/80 on the right side of the blade. I'm a lefty and I had no steering issues at all. I know the steel (AUS-8) is not supposed to be quite as good as the AEB-L used in the most of the Artifex line, but from my research so far, AUS-8 is said to sharpen easily and take a very good edge, but the edge retention is not as good as something like AEB-L, depending on the heat treatment used on this steel. I'll report back on edge retention after using the knife for a while. Overall - this knife looks great, feels good to use, is sharp OOTB, and performs quite well in my limited use. At this price point - it's a killer value!
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