Posted By: ZoltrixSomewhere between the minority camp of people who like the shorter lighter nimbler santoku for everyday veggie work, and the camp of people who think the gyuto is more all-purpose in shape and has a more versatile length: that's where this Minamoto occupies an undervalued and special niche.
At 203mm it's shorter than most other gyutos, yet, not handicapped in length--203mm after all is exactly the length of a standard 8" chef knife, while still being a good inch longer than your average santoku. Because of its light nimbler weight, smaller size, greater maneuverability, and more versatile shape, it captures the best of both worlds.
On top of that, it also has
1. Great fit and finish.
2. A beautiful blade.
3. The sharpness of carbon but low maintenance stainless cladding.
Out of the box edge was good but it can go even sharper. Edge retention is decently OK but not something that stands out as amazing. Blue #2 sharpens easily. All in all, at this price point, and considering the unique niche it fills, along with the feeling of quality, it's easy to give this 4.5 or 5 stars. I'll give it 5 because how it fills such a unique and useful niche.
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