Posted By: Aaron BFirstly, the knife shown in the video and photos above is not the knife I received. I received a much better iteration or evolution of that knife. The knife I received was much lighter, with a taller, rearward swept heel, reminiscent of Tanaka-san's gyutos of late. The grind is much higher, and results in a wide bevel and much thinner profile above the edge. The tip especially, is absurdly thin. It's pretty thick coming out of the handle, but it thins out quickly with a very attractive distal taper. It has a fair amount of belly, certainly more than say, a Moritaka, but not as much as Tanaka-san's gyutos. It definitely excels at pushing and slicing. Fit and finish is a little better than what you'd expect in this price range. Chiseled kanji, sealed tang and relieved edges on the spine and choil. The blade is nice and straight, and centered in the handle. The handle, however, is something I'm disappointed with. It's not the rosewood handle in the photos or video. It's a pakka octagonal that I can only describe as eclectic. The vertical plywood layers alternate in color between a rosewood color and an iridescent emerald green. It has been shaped in such a way that the sides are green, and you see the alternating layers from the back, above and below. It does have a pakka wood ferrule, and the handle is smoothly finished, it's just not my taste, and I would have preferred the rosewood handle.
As for performance, the ootb edge is usable. It's a bit rough, but not offensive. I spent about ten minutes lightly stropping on a #4000, #8000, and then stropping a few strokes on bare leather. It was a hundred percent better after that. It still has some bite, but slides effortlessly through everything. Edge retention is what you'd expect from Blue #2. I've used it daily for a few weeks in a home kitchen environment, and no issues.
In closing, this product was much better than I expected. My expectations were based on the photos and video, which I would recommend updating to show the current evolution of this knife. The current overview does not do the knife any justice. Handle aside, I'm very pleased. This is a well crafted product.
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