Posted By: GregI bought two of these for gifts. I selected this steel over what i use (Aogami Super) for ease of care...my friends don't/won't wipe their blades dry. I was disappointed in the edge out of the box...I'd give it a 3/10. I had to take it down to 600 and then back to 2000 to get a good edge on it. Once sharp, it cuts well. But even then, its still just a good knife. The cheap handle feels, well, cheap. If I compare it to a slightly more expensive Kurosaki AS blade, then there is no comparison of performance and feel. So, if you are truly constrained by ease of care and budget, then this knife works assuming you can sharpen as needed. If you have a bit more money and can wipe a blade dry, Id recommend a Kurosaki 170 AS blade over this one.
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