This Zakuri 240mm Blue #1 Kurouchi Gyuto is a really nice knife from the Tosa region of Japan. Blue #1 is an excellent carbon steel for knives but it's reactive and you need to wipe it dry after using it. The high carbon gives the blades excellent sharpness and edge retention. You can sharpen these knives steep and they will hold their edges well. Each one is made by hand so they can vary a little in dimensions. These are excellent work horse knives with nice rosewood D shaped handles.
This knife was just as I’d hoped it would be. I purchased a Tosagato bocho several years back and always wanted to try out a gyuto,but could not get one without an upgraded handle. It wasn’t a big deal,but I wanted what the knife makers had originally created. Finally,I have one and it is great. OOTB was not so good,but a quick touch up and it was ready to go. It is bigger and bulkier than what I usually use,but not as big as a takeda. The handle is okay. For the price,it is a very good blade. Highly recommended.