Posted By: Rob Babcock
- verified customerOverall I really like this knife. It's a pretty good value at the price. Here's my impressions of the knife.
First, the minuses; the fit and finish on this one is mediocre at best. It's a very cheap knife so you sort of expect it yet the Tojiro Shirogami knives are even cheaper but way better put together. Also, this blade wasn't flat. The tip was a bit out true and and the whole thing had a slight warp. Of course, part of that is because this is among the thinnest knives I've ever seen! All in all it didn't take a lot of work to get it in shape, but the buyer should realize it's a bit of a DIY project. And lastly it wasn't very sharp OOtB (at least by my standards).
Oh, but the pluses! I already mentioned this one is thin but you probably won't believe how thin til you see it. Sure, it's a tad thicker at the handle but this thing doesn't wedge at all and just falls thru root veggies...like a nakiri should. The main draw is the steel. Once you get things all trued up it takes a spectacular edge. I polished mine up on J-nats up to about what you'd call 25k in synthetic terms and it ate it up. There aren't many knives I've found that get a lot sharper.
The Tanaka is very thin and light, and a terrific cutter. It's a bit rough around the edges but a great value for he the price. The fact that it needs a bit of work OOtB means it's maybe not ideal for the nOOb which is unfortunate; at the price it will probably be a 1st carbon/J-knife for many. The Tojiro might be a better bet for one good to go OOtB.
I give it four stars. The more I use it the more I like it. Aogami steel is quite addictive!
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