Posted By: JestenI was a little reticent to purchase from CFTG only because there weren't very many reviews for most of the knives I looked at, and I couldn't find a clear consensus online about whether it was a trustworthy website. So I'm writing the review I hope will put your undecided mind at ease.
This knife is fantastic. If they aren't a 'reputable website,' then I don't want to buy from one that is. I'm not a chef, just a home cooking enthusiast, but I've done a fair amount of research. The handle of this knife is nothing to write home about, but it's comfortable, and you don't buy a $140.00 knife for the handle (And you can re-handle it if you want to anyway). The blade is absolutely gorgeous. The pictures can't communicate to you just how beautiful this knife is. The spine and choil are rounded perfectly, the hand hammered finish is a visual and tactile delight, and the edge out of the box was FANTASTIC. As in, push cut an S curve in printer paper fantastic. It sharpened up stupidly fast with my 1000 and 6000 grit king stones (maybe 10 minutes of work, probably less), and it's been holding it's edge like a champ.
A note from someone who's been using it, the cladding closest to the edge (Not the iron), is listed as stainless steel, but reviewed in the video as "Semi-stainless." If it's not stainless, it is a VERY stain resistant carbon steel. The edge has taken on an absolutely beautiful patina, but the rest of the blade is perfectly unmarred by stain (Photos: http://imgur.com/a/TC4jO). I plan to buy the Santoku by Itto-Ryu next for my father as a gift.
Bottom line: Buy this knife. If it is HALF the quality mine is, you'll be more than pleased with the money spent.
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