Posted By: ChefG
- verified customerI 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 didn't 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.
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 don't work as well for that.
* Hand etched kanji characters on the blade instead of painted. This gives the knife a very clean look and doesn't 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 didn't 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 chef's 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 wouldn't 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.
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