Posted By: Jon
- verified customerFor background, I bought the Konosuke GS+ with the ebony handle and a Konosuke saya for home use. I cannot provide much comparison information as I only own one other Japanese knife (a Sakai Takayuki which is very nice) and a german knife than has been annoying to try to keep sharp.
Fit and finish of the Konosuke were almost flawless. Literally the only tiny flaw I could find is that if you look at it at just the right angle, the back side of the knife has a slight rippling where the engraving was done on the other side. The engraving itself is perfect aesthetically and very nicely done. The only functional annoyance here is that the engraving slightly catches as you slice through certain vegetables. The steel is Ginsan which is a Japanese stainless purportedly very similar to Swedish stainless. I was under the impression that the whole thing is Ginsan, but interestingly the edge seems to very slightly patina while the rest seems completely stainless. I got the 240mm version and in retrospect I think I may have liked the 210mm version better for home use as I was used to a really short santoku though I may like the length more when I get used to it. The Konosuke saya also has perfect fit and finish and I am glad I got it. On the other hand I would probably skip the sharpening service next time as I had to further sharpen it after I received it. At some point I may get one of the HD2's in 210mm for comparison.
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