Posted By: Kevin Rosinbum
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3 people found this review helpfulI'd like to give it 3.5 with room to grow to 4 but I'm going to round down for the time being I'm afraid. Overall, this gyuto cuts very well. It takes and edge easily and holds it decently. For the most part I only strop and rarely if ever steel it in the kitchen. It doesn't quite release as well as I'd hoped but it isn't bad. I love the handling of it and weight is light but with some heft to it, balanced just slightly forward. My main gripe however is truly in the KU finish of the knife - while I purchased this to be a working knife no doubt, I went with this knife for the love "Mizu" deep water blue finish shown on the videos and all the photos, as well as photos of even other copies of this line (made by KatsushigeAnryu) found on another seller's inventory pages. On my copy (not unlike the previous review perhaps) that lovely mizu finish it only found at the very back corner of the blade right above the choil before it enters handle, and the transition is quite abrupt, rather than the smooth lovely looking work of the shown samples. The lacquer finish as was also mentioned is applied rather poorly as well with drip marks in a couple places. Truly this doesn't detract from the usefulness of the knife, but we all like to admire the craftsmanship and finish of our knives, and this one simply didn't live up to the other examples of the Masakage Mizu line shown.
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