Posted By: sunjunkie
- verified customerAfter much research, this was my first serious knife (my two Globals don't count). I got this knife for work, so I needed something that can keep a keen edge for a long time, wasn't too much maintenance, offered good performance for the $$$ and didn't need to be babied. I'm happy to say this bad-boy satisfied on all fronts! Like most Japanese knives, you'll need to put a new edge on it to really get the most out of it, as the factory edge was pretty conservative. The only minor negative I have would be that the soft stainless steel cladding seems to scratch pretty easily, but that's ok for me, since I plan to polish the side of the blade any how. Don't worry about the carbon edge. All you need to do is wipe it after completing a cutting task, and rinse and dry it after cutting something acidic or corrosive. I've had the occasional busy shift where I've had to cut some tomatoes or fish and get back to it 15 minutes later and no rust formed. Just don't make a habit out of that kind of treatment and you'll be happy. Oh, and one last thing; the patina'd edge makes this hands-down the sexiest knife in my roll. Bottom line, everyone should own at-least one Hiromoto AS.
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