By: ChefGCarneys Point,NJ
I bought this knife as a graduation present for myself upon completion of a plant based culinary curriculum. I spent a lot of time researching before selecting this knife. I didnít want to spend more than $120 or so and as much as I wanted a carbon steel knife,I knew my knife habits would not allow it without the knife becoming horribly disfigured or rusty. 0.3
There are several features that this knife has that made it a cut above others for me.
* Molybdenum Vanadium steel alloy is virtually stainless while providing necessary sharpness.
* Wa ho wood handle with buffalo horn ferrule as opposed to the plastic ferrule found on most knives of this style,even higher priced models.
* At 51.5 mm high,the blade is wider than many other 240 mm gyutos. This is important to me because I use my knife to transfer ingredients a lot of the time and the thinner blades donít work as well for that.
* Hand etched kanji characters on the blade instead of painted. This gives the knife a very clean look and doesnít draw unnecessary attention to the brand.
* At 6.2 oz. this knife is fairly light weight for a 240 mm gyuto which is important when you have a long chopping session ahead of you.
* The 3.1 mm blade thickness ensures that this knife will stand up to the most rigorous use.
Upon arrival the knife had some micro chipping near the tip but I figured that would disappear upon sharpening so I didnít return it. As it turned out I was correct. Out of the box sharpness was pretty mediocre. This knife was easy to bring to a very sharp edge.
This is my first Wa handled knife and it has a very different feel from other knives. So far I like it very much. My 10" Dexter chefís knife has always felt a bit unwieldy but this knife,while not much shorter,fits my hand much better and is a pleasure to use each and every time I pick it up.
As both Steve and Mark mention in the videos,this knife represents a very good value at this price point. I wouldnít count on the price being this low for long. It definitely stands out from the competition in terms of the features I mentioned above and would be a great knife to start or add to your Japanese knife collection.