Posted By: Peter
- verified customerI think this knife is a pretty good value for the money, and unless you've already made the foray into much nicer knives, this should be satisfactory, especially if you're coming from Western knives.
For the cost, you're looking at a Fujiwara FKM knife or Tojiro DP knife (or perhaps something out there I'm missing, I'm excluding carbon knives in this selection). I personally don't like cladded knives so I didn't chose the Tojiro. The Fujiwara is thinner behind the edge so it cuts better. However, this thinner edge makes it a little more delicate, although the softer steel of the Fujiwara may balance it out a bit compared to the Artifex. The Fujiwara also has less edge retention due to a softer steel. Do not get too caught up on steel quality though as knife geometry and heat treatment have have bigger effects on the knife than minor difference between the quality of steel. Do not expect these knives to be of the Devin Thomas quality just because AEB-L is used.
With that being said, I do think that the heat treatment on the knife is done decently. As I mentioned earlier, the knife is thick behind the edge (still thinner than most German knives though) which means it can wedge a bit when cutting, and food tends to stick more than it would on a thinner knife. The knife is convex, but it seems that the thickness of the knife behind the edge negates any food release benefits from it. The thickness does make the edge less prone to chipping though. The edge retention is decent, and I've sharpened it about twice in the last two months use with pretty heavy use. If your a fan of thin knives, this knife desperately needs to be thinned, but with a few hours of work, I think it's a pretty good knife. I'm not a huge fan of the handle, and I wish it had a little more texture on it for grip. The choil and spine is slightly rounded, although I'd like to see a little more choil rounding. These last two fit and finish issues may just be a result of the price point though, and once again, I think this is a pretty good knife for the price.
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