Posted By: Chip
- verified customerAbsolutely stellar knife at an unbelievable price. I own many top-shelf Sakai knives including Kono Honyaki, Kono Fujiyama and Kagekiyo. While the aforementioned knives have certain characteristics that might justify their higher prices to some degree, this MT punches way above its price point and provides a knife with excellent F&F, a unique grind, wonderfully treated steel and top-notch performance. The grind on the knife is a bit lower than Konosuke equivalents which, prior to first use, had me assuming it would be a more obtuse performer. I was pleasantly surprised to find this assumption to be completely false. While the lower grind lends an impression of solidarity and robustness to the blade, it is still actually quite thin behind the edge and the overall geometry is far more subtle, and actually thinner from shoulder to spine, than wider bevel comps. I find this creates a blade that manages to strike a remarkable compromise between the confidence inspired from knife like a Shigefusa and the performance achieved in a Konosuke Fujiyama.I love the robust d-grip in unstabilized ho-wood as well. Might not resonate with everyone, but I find it sits well in the hand, keeps the balance point where it should be on a 270 and has excellent tactility when wet.All in all, while the MT might not take the gold in a single category, it take a silver/bronze in every category making a true athlete. I say this while comparing it to knives that cost anywhere from $500 -$1000+. It's for that reason the Mizuno receives a 5 star review. It can compete with the best of the best across categories yet costs far less than anything comparable.
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