Posted By: ColbyMI'll preface this by noting that this is solely my opinion. My dislike of this knife was purely subjective, and as you can see, I'm more or less alone on it. I realize a lot of people loved this knife...that's cool; I didn't.
For the blade, it's excellent...I think. I didn't actually cut anything with this knife. I picked it up out of the box, and hated it instantly. The handle just felt wrong. For starters, while I'm not up on exactly what qualifies as "Western," this did NOT feel "Western;" it LOOKS Western, but with a very angular, blocky, Japanese feel, which is not to my taste. It's also incredibly heavy on the back end. Hands-down, the most uncomfortable knife I've ever held. Pay close attention to the videos and note the shape, width, and position of the bolster.
All that said, the blade was incredibly sharp OOTB. For the price, you probably won't find a better blade, but for me, the fit/finish was just awful. I'm not a huge dude, and my hands are pretty average, but just holding this thing with a standard pinch-grip got uncomfortable in about 30 seconds. It went back in the box.
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