Posted By: Nick Sozio
- verified customerI've had this for about 3 months now, it's my first carbon steel knife and just, wow. This thing is light as a feather in your hand. The thicker spine keeps it from flexing too much, however the grind goes down to almost nothing resulting in a scary sharp edge that makes carrots weep. Unlike my VG-10 knives, if this ever dulls, a few passes on my Shapton 5k bring it right back. W2 is really amazing. It is fully reactive and patinas quickly, but of course I don't mind as I'm a home chef and can afford to take care of it.Aesthetically I think this is just about the most gorgeous knife under $300, the lightning kurouchi is beautiful and it's complimented well by the Damascus, which patinas nicely. My one comment is that this blade came with a slight bend in the edge about 2/3 up the blade, however after my first sharpening it was barely perceptible and is now long gone. This is a newer maker, and less expensive than the Takefu Masters, and so for the aesthetic and performance value I'm more than willing to overlook that and still happily give 5 stars.
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