Posted By: Martin ZimmermanSo my first Japanese knife was a 200mm Shun yanagiba. Not the best size for that knife and not perhaps the best steel or best value brand, but you've got to start somewhere. Since then I've bought and used.a number of Japanese knives, mainly Tojiro and Watanabe. I don't have a ton of need for a yanagiba, but was looking to upgrade from my Shun and this knife was in the right price range, length and steel. It is a great looking knife but out of the box had no edge. Not unusual for a Japanese knife as I understand, but the first time I've bought a knife like this. Due to lack of patience it took me two tries to get it down to a proper edge, but the end result is exactly what I would expect from a knife of this steel. So 5 star performance and looks now, but I'll knock off 1 star for the effort to put the initial edge on it.
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