Posted By: Max Motter
1 people found this review helpfulThis knife shreds. Out of the box I didn't even touch the factory edge for a couple of weeks, opting to use it at my jobs.
I currently work sushi and a hot line, and tend to process a lot of alliums (negi, onions, garlic, etc) as well as proteins and vegetables. I would recommend this knife for everything up to but not including a squash in terms of hardness.
The blade profile is a little big for some of the stations I work, which inadvertently protects the edge more than not. I really love the height, and the weight (or lack thereof) makes for huge ease of use, which boosts stamina. I've never been more confident staring down a pile of onions, while still able to mince a shallot or ginger super fine.
First thing I noticed is that there seemed to be a thin clear-coat-ish finish that came off in spots. This protects the stainless kurouchi finish itself, which has started to wear off, again in patches. I don't mind so much because any kurouchi knife will patina over time, especially under duress. However, I think this has partially hindered the knife to be kind of sticky.
The factory edge lasted great- up until the point where I micro-chipped it around the middle of the blade. I prefer the zero edge style of the bevel for all my knives, so fixing it and bringing back up to a polish wasn't a huge issue. I will say that this knife requires a lot of high grit polishing and honing to remain razor sharp.
I bought this knife because I wanted a taller profile, wieldable, workhorse of a knife. To be honest, I got most of those things, but not all. I'm honestly afraid to use it too much for fear of chipping or even snapping it. This is an amazing knife that requires me to be 100% focused on how I'm using it. Everyone who picks it up remarks at how light it is. I would recommend anybody considering a Takeda to go for it, but Its not a knife to beat up.
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