Posted By: EddyThis particular knife always leaves me feeling conflicted.
Makoto Kurosaki is a very skilled smith and absolutely deserves his Dentōkugei-shi certification. This knife is very nice, definitely a good representative of Makoto's work.
That said, Makoto simply isn't at the level of his brother Yu. My Yu Kurosaki Senko bunka is the same size, uses the same steel, and has its own unique tsuchime pattern just like this knife. I like both of them, but my Senko is simply better than my Sakura bunka. More beautiful overall, better balance, etc.
It pains me to say that since this *is* a very nice knife. But it doesn't exist in a vacuum; for a similar price you can get a Yu Kurosaki instead. Get this one if you really like this particular tsuchime pattern, or if the $50 discount between this and a Senko makes the difference for you. Otherwise, you might be happier with his brother's work.
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