Posted By: Madmotts
1 people found this review helpfulLooking for a tall knife with some thickness, some heft, some muscle to blast through some onions and slide through large tomatoes? This knife is good cutter, fun and practical (low maintenance)- carbon with stainless cladding.
relative to Japanese knives this knife is on the heavier side (not extreme). Some Japanese knives feel light, unsubstantial or flimsy. Not this one- just holding it- you can feel the cutting power. It’s not clumsy at all, but the forwardness of the balance lends itself to “letting the knife do the work”.
Comes sharp out of the box and ready to rock but could be touched up to get crazy sharp. Very easy to sharpen since the core is carbon. Should be able to take more abuse than many other laser/thin knives- still no bones or squash.
This knife looks rustic after using it a bit- the core steel turns dark blue and the stainless cladding darkens up a hint. Decent octagonal walnut handle.
Only a couple of small gripes- tip taper isn’t awesome (minor, workable), balance point is a bit forward and choil could be sanded (spine is).
This could be your only Japanese knife or part of the rotation. It’s such a solid performance and value offering that its a “no brainer” buy.
BONUS awesome knife to go all super-tuner on (thinning). I did some work on mine after a couple of months- thinned behind the edge and raised the grind. It’s a bit more sticky but it’s a different vibe- smoother, more precise with a much thinner (fragile) tip.
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