Posted By: Max
9 people found this review helpfulI work as the executive sous chef in a high volume, fine dining establishment. I was pleasantly surprised at its ability to maintain it's out of the box edge through a busy service and how light and nimble it felt despite it's weight. The geometry and blade shape make it excel at both push/pull cutting and chopping. Though the weight distribution is handle heavy, I have found that this allows me to use the knife like a pendulum for machine-gun chopping when held at the pinch grip position, using the handle as a counterweight in conjunction with the recoil of the blade hitting the board (i.e. gravity blast, if you're a metal drummer). Even after abusing the knife for eight hours of heavy prep, I was able to cleanly push cut sushi rolls without losing the shape of each piece. I currently own over twenty knives ranging from dirt cheap Ikkakus to to hand made Sukenaris and I could not recommend this enough. The steel performs very much like the Misono Swedish carbon line, though it is a little less reactive. The Artifex handle is one of the comfiest handles I've ever used.
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