Posted By: Jordan Ross
5 people found this review helpfulMy god this is a good knife. Seriously, for the price, this is top tier. I’ve been hearing a lot about Kyohei shindo and the value of this knife and was very lucky to have gotten one when cktg restocked.
First thing to be aware of and extremely important for the care of the knife is that it is friction fit to the handle. There is no adhesive around the tang to hold or seal it. Personally I like this, as I plan to rehandle it, so taking it off is easy as a couple taps. But if you plan on keeping the oem handle I would recommend sealing it so you don’t rust out the tang and rot the handle. btw the friction fit is perfect and holds tight, so a little epoxy around the tang would be the simplest solution.
Now on to the review…This knife is amazing. The out of the box edge and grind are phenomenal. The grind is extremely thin and comes to a near 0. This thing is a laser. The signature Tosa lacquer gives the soft iron cladding a fair amount of protection at first but will wash off after a few uses and will become extremely reactive, so remember to wipe pretty religiously to control the patina. The kasumi is sandblasted on, and looks nice for sandblasting but I’m really looking forward to giving it a natural pop with some natural stone hand polishing.
All in all, this is an all around amazing knife. The bang for your buck goes well beyond the price point. A great all around knife, great if you’re on a budget, but really fantastic if you want to put a little work in to hand finish and custom handle it for yourself.
If this knife is in stock and you’re thinking about it, grab it, it’s well worth it.
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