By: Rob BabcockSF,SD
Now that I’ve had my Nubatama for over a year I thought I might post some impressions of it. This is an incredible knife! Mine came sharpened (by a sword polisher in Japan); I’m not sure if this is standard for Nubatama knives or just mine. But I will say it’s the first knife I’ve ever found that I don’t think I could get sharper!0.3
The geometry is spot on,with a long flat spot. The blade is incredibly thin for being laminated and with a handle it tips the scale at five ounces...for a 240mm! That’s pretty light.
I have no idea what "Black Steel" is or what sorcery is involved in its’ forging but the stuff is incredible. The edge is amazing and the edge retention is astounding. To this day I’ve only honed and stropped it,never once put it back on the stones. After a month of use it would still shave. The only knife I’ve seen with edge retention like this is the Richmond Ultimatum in M390 steel.
Granted,this knife is terrifyingly expensive,but if I won the powerball I’d buy several more. Again,expensive but very worth the money. If you feel like treating yourself to one very special knife,this is one to put on your short-list.