Posted By: Carol T.A common statement by people who try a knife from the Itto-Ryu line is, "It isn't just a great knife for the money, it is a great knife, period." I got one of these a few weeks ago and completely agree. The stock handle is a 'chestnut' D-shaped with a plastic ferrule, but other than that, the fit and finish on this knife is amazing. This is the first knife I have ever bought that I have not touched with sandpaper. And even the handle is the best of this kind I have ever used, and is pretty good. It's a beautiful knife, in my opinion.
The knife takes an amazing edge very easily, and at least for me, a home cook, it hods it very well. It is relatively light, not very tall, and not very thick, and the balance is not as far out as on other 240s I have used. It cuts great, and is a joy to use. I like the grind very well. It is thin behind the edge, but thick enough higher up to give great food separation and release.
Overall, this is one of the best knife purchases I have made. This has become one of my two favorite knives, and my only regret is that I didn't buy one long ago, when I first became interested in them.
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