Posted By: Ryan RThis knife is not only beautiful but it performs extremely well. The fit and finish are excellent, it is very light and nimble and came with a pretty nice edge. I say pretty nice because one section had a slight burr left on it. That was easily fixed however and I don't consider that a big deal in any way. After touching it up I can say with confidence this knife is taken to the 61+ HRC it's advertised at. It is extremely thin behind the edge and the tip on my example is insanely thin, so thin that I would think twice before putting much stress on it going through harder materials. That being said it handled a butternut squash just fine and man did that beautiful convex grind fly right through that thing. Food release isn't the best but I knew that going in. Overall I'm quite impressed and wouldn't hesitate to buy another Masakage or any knife made by Kato-San. The only thing that gives me slight concern is how thin the tip is, while giving excellent potential for fine work I feel it's a little on the fragile side.
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