Posted By: JakeKnife
- verified customerDisappointed with QC and sharpening on the blade and fit and finish of the handle. OK I'm a relative beginner with Japanese knives, but I expected more from this one. My Koishi Bunka makes this knife look very bad through all product, but even a couple of Shun performed better. While I didn't have time to put it side-by-side with Global and others through a variety of product, I don't think it would have faired better except where the thin blade helps more than other factors.Looking at the edge, which has the extreme edge asymmetry reported on these knives, it looks like a mess for consistency. Especially on the shallow side it seems to vary from maybe 5 to essentially 0 deg. I've spent some time trying to find the issues and I'm not sure it is just the edge that needs work, but there seems to be a curve in the blade. I'm still trying to understand the over all strange performance. I would say stickage on this knife is extreme, but hopefully that will lessen eventually when I can use it more. The clading is not only soft as mentioned, but VERY soft. The handle seems poor quality even with immediate and multiple mineral oil applications it was deteriorating after just a handful of uses all with very careful and quick cleaning. I'll put a wax and professional wood protector on it soon and hopefully that will help, I may have to lightly sand first. It seemed OK OOTB, but quickly went down hill.I bought this for the steel so I hope it works out in the end, but it's become a so called project knife. The 120mm Western Petty has faired better so far on all counts which is a good sign. I'm hopeful one I get it straightened out (hopefully just the edge and no need to straighten the blade) the light weight and the HAP40 will prove very useful. Maybe not the bargain it seems, I'd recommend the sharpening service for those that just want to get the knife and start using it to see how it suits them.
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