Posted By: Matt FreemanI understand why people say this knife is a great value: It is. And I understand why you might call it a "starter knife": It would be that too. But I just think the Takamura brothers make great knives period. I got a petty that I love and now this. Just handling and looking at it I love love love the polished blade and impeccable fit and finish. For a long time I felt I preferred traditional and rustic looks, but somehow the Takamuras magically combine Western and Japanese features to come up with a hybrid that's no compromise but a new way of thinking about what a great knife is. And it reminds you that in the end it's a tool and you know it's going to perform like crazy. So you can say it's a great value but tell me, what would you want that you'd pay more for? I honestly don't know. And maybe it's a great starter but I could see ending with it, saying yeah this is going to be my daily knife because I don't know what would be better. I'm sure I'll buy other knives as time goes on, to get a particular quality or whatever I like, but I'd be surprised to see one I liked better overall than this.
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