Posted By: David SlausonI was looking for a smaller gyuto to complement a favorite 240mm Konosuke and decided to take a chance on this $50 Tojiro. Glad I did! It arrived fairly sharp OOTB and I merely touched it up a bit using a 5000 grit stone.
Pros: very good blade profile, and I really love the handle size and shape; it feels very good in my hand. It uses a good quality carbon steel; it sharpens easily and seems to hold its edge. It's not a laser, but nevertheless glides through food quite well. Cons: Fit and finish are somewhat below average and is no doubt why Tojiro can offer this knife at such a low price. The spine edges are noticeable, the fit between the handle and ferule is not seamless, and the front of the plastic ferule also had an uncomfortable edge. At this price the general fit and finish isn't a deal killer by any means; It's certainly serviceable out-of-the box; but I decided to spend 30 minutes or so with some sandpaper and smoothed out all the edges, and now it feels great! It wasn't hard to do.
Overall, a great value at this price!... especially if you feel comfortable spending some time smoothing out the more noticeable edges. I ended up really liking this knife.
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