Posted By: BillI wanted a knife with dramatic damascus pattern. This knife has plenty of that. I want to make a shadow box to display it in when I'm not using it. It's not just looks. Everything about this knife is an improvement over what I have been using my whole life.
This is my first Japanese knife. I can't believe how light it is! I'm glad I chose the Wa handle style. Not only did I have zero trouble getting used to it, I like it better. I find the curved choil a huge improvement over the typical heavy western bolster. When I grip this knife my middle finger nestles perfectly in front of the handle. I think I ended up with the perfect knife for me. My next knife (I have to get more now) will have the same design. By the way, it came with the corners of the choil already eased a bit and comfortable to hold and use.
Oh yeah, it cuts too - very well. Nice edge right out of the box. I will sharpen it but it is not an immediate need, probably after the holidays when I have time to stop and take a breath.
If there is one thing I would like different it would be a little more visual pop to the handle. Not too much, I don't want to draw attention from that beautiful blade. I think I'll give it a high-gloss finish and see how that looks.
I can't leave out the customer service. I ordered it late at night, it was in FedEx's hands and on it's way to me the next day.
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