Posted By: StevenWow! This is such a great value for the type of steel and the grind of the knife. The entire knife feels very firm in the hand with almost no flex in the blade. However, it's thin enough behind the edge to glide through product with ease. Although some have mentioned fit and finish, I find the spine and choil were much smoother than my Shun knives and only took a couple of minutes to smooth to my liking. The blade height is significant as well - it's not as close to the board as my other Japanese gyutos which is fine for me since I have larger hands anyway. As the product video mentions, the knife does run a bit blade heavy in terms of balance point; it's not too far ahead, but it does make the knife feel more significant than some of the other laser style knives.
Overall, I am super impressed with this knife and the artistry of the blacksmith really shows. This is now my go-to knife and is the ginsan steel is so much easier to sharpen than my other VG-10 knives. The nashiji finish works well and looks amazing (my wife says it's one of the prettiest knives that I own).
As always, Mark and Sue are the best: the knife arrived quickly, perfectly wrapped, and ready to go out of the box.
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