Posted By: Rob
- verified customerI picked up one of the first four of these and it is an exceptional knife. Fit and finish are excellent, though it is aesthetically very simple. The handle is well constructed, sturdy, and well proportioned for the size and profile of the knife. The profile is the classic French shape with the tiny, fragile tip and low heel height that let it feel perfectly at home when used as a slicer. The heat treatment is as good as I've used on R2, certainly comparable to other R2 knives like the Takamura R2 and largely comparable to other well executed steel like SRS-15 and whatever Tojiro uses in their PM line.The real star of the show is the grind. This knife is pretty thin at the heel and still manages to this out toward the tip. Combined with the thin profile, this knife absolutely flies through produce, but the heel has just enough support to be used for tubers without feeling fragile. I have not had chipping issues yet after a month and change of heavy restaurant work and don't expect to see them. I prefer the grind on this knife to the other Sakai lasers on Yusuke, Konosuke, and Ashi knives, which I previously thought were ideal.If you want a knife with a large flat spot at the heel, a large handle, or a lot of heel height, this is not for you, but for a more svelte knife this one is a gem. I prefer it to an Akifusa SRS-15 for professional use.
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