Posted By: AndrewThis knife is immense and I love it! It's quite heavy--mine comes in at almost 321gm--but it has great balance that puts the weight two or three cm forward of the heel, meaning the weight works for you when you drop it on an unsuspecting vegetable. It feels most comfortable in a really aggressive pinch grip, with a couple of fingers and the thumb on the blade and the other fingers on the handle. It probably wouldn't be a great fit for folks with smaller hands due to the size and weight distribution.
As you'd expect from Shibata, the F&F, grind, and OOB edge are all top-notch, and the tip is breathtakingly thin. The KU finish seems unlacquered but has a fine, slightly sandy texture that feels really nice in the hand. The spine is, of course, pretty thick to keep things rigid, but it's quite thin behind the edge and slips easily through food. The lamination line on mine is quite faint, though I imagine it will become a bit more visible once the core steel develops some patina.
Overall, this is a really interesting knife and one I'm delighted to own!
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