Posted By: Tom DoughtenThis is my first Japanese knife, and LOVE IT!!!! I must start off with a shout out to Chefknivestogo.com. Knowing very little about Japanese knives this site was a godsend. Extremely informative and I can't say how many hours I watched Steve review the various knives. I now have an understanding of the various knife types and their usage and this knife was exactly what I was looking for, well one of the knives but I'll leave the next one that I purchased from CKTG for another gushing review. The Shibata Kotetsu knife had the perfect height to keep my fingers out of the way and yet thin enough to not be heavy or clunky. I really love the look of this knife and can't believe the sharpness of it. I did add the CKTG sharpening to the order even though it didn't appear to require it per the reviews, but I wanted it as sharp as it could get. I bought a tomato and as soon as it arrived and set up to try and recreate the video depicting how the knife could thinly slice a tomato without using your hands to hold the tomato, and guess what, I was able to do it!!! Paper thin WOW!! I have used it almost daily for three weeks and I'll give it, and Alton the sharpener a double thumbs up. Whether chopping or slicing vegetables it does not require any pressure to make the cuts. I think that due to its height and material, it drags and does not do well trying to thinly slice thick raw beef for steak sandwiches even though I placed in the freezer for about twenty minutes. I'll will pursue purchasing another knife for that purpose. All in all, this knife is above my expectations.
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