Posted By: M. Bradley
1 people found this review helpfulSometimes when first holding a knife, words fail to describe what you sense, what you feel. Simple Beauty came to mind as I lifted this bunka from its elegant, black box. And then, when making that first cut... Stunning! Without doubt, this is the sharpest knife I've received out of the box. Shibata-san's reputation as one of Japan's top sharpeners is well deserved. Fit and finish is immaculate, spine and choil mirror polished. The textured, satin finish of the blade is designed to break up water surface tension, aiding in food release. I've not used the knife enough to comment how successful this is compared to other knives. The name Kotetsu comes from the Japanese navy's first ironclad ship, built in 1864 with a pointed bow developed for ramming — a bow to history from Shibata-san's splendid bunka. This knife is a joy to admire... and to use.
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