Posted By: Kevin RI will admit that I purchased one of these from a source other than CKTG about a year and a half ago. Having bought another of Anryu-san's knives in the past I came upon these AS versions via a friend and I was at the time specifically looking for a bunka styled blade with AS and had been deliberating over several here on CKTG. When I saw this knife I ordered one but it took a month or two to get - Anryu-san works less than he once did so you may wait a bit. Was it worth the wait....
My god, yes. Strangely I wasn't terribly fond of it to begin with but as the past year has wore on I slowly learned what this knife can do in place of three other previous favorites of mine. I bought it as a do-all smaller knife for our home kitchen, and over time that is exactly what it has become. I have put it lightly to my stones only once in the past year and a half and have only stropped (leather with green compound light) since that time. It's unreal how much edge-retention this blade has. It also is not all that reactive compared to others, including another AS blade I have. The hammered kurouchi has remained well intact through much use and the knife looks nearly as good as it did new, with very little patina even.
Not a laser, but the grind is quite thin and the wonderful tip is a especially so. The spine remains slightly thick and so rigid. Huge amount of character in the handling of this knife. I've grown to absolutely LOVE it.
I had to comment here and am happy to see this line appear on CKTG - it's fantastic. Anryu-san's hammered blue
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