Posted By: mark
- verified customerHi.. I bought one of the original fanatics with more belly and the longer handle. It has been a while so I just thought to post a review. When I first got this knife I must admit I really struggled to like it and couldn't see what the fuss was about. I set to thinning the blade behind the edge and sharpening to a very fine grit level. This paid off big time as what makes this knife work so well is the thin blade profile and the very fine edge the blade steel is capable of. Now I am a true covert. This steel takes a very fine edge and repsonds well to JNAT finishing stones as well as stropping. I do not recommend going for a coarser toothy edge as this steel has a fine grain structure and can take a hair popping edge no problems. Don't be fooled (like I was to start with) - this steel takes and holds a very decent edge. To get the best out of the edge I believe some thinning of the profile behind the edge is necessary. I tend to thin most new knives - this makes as much or more difference than honing the edge alone. Just a comment about the original verson's generous belly and long handle. I actually really like both and in a home setting find no problem at all. As other reviewers will have noted the blade has a great distal taper and overall is quite thin. Put this all in one package and you have a great vegetable killer - no wedging or force required to complete a cut. A good cleaver uses its weight to assist the cut and while the fanatic is no heavy weight it is a very good cutter. Not 100% sure if you would want to use this as an all round utility but in my opinion it would really excel in this role. Thanks mark for a decent knife at a reasonable price.
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