Posted By: Ed
- verified customerI'm very happy with this blade. I bought the knife to replace a santoku I made out of a Maruyoshi kigami blade blank. That one is hardened to 60 HRC, but requires special techniques with fine-grained stones to sharpen without chipping, and therefore takes a long time to sharpen. This one holds an edge longer and sharpens quite easily with the same techniques I would use to sharpen any garden-variety knife made of western steel. It also has an attractive finish on the blade and is already acquiring a colorful patina along the cutting edge, just from two weeks of routine vegetable chopping at home (and prompt rinsing and drying, of course).
The handle is fine for those who like wa handles, though the grain of the walnut is a bit plain. I expect I'll end up making my own, more western-style handle for it.
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