Posted By: StiffArmThis is one of the first Japanese carbon steel knives I have tried and I absolutely love it. The brief video review states that the lacquer coating also covers the edge but I suspect that was not the case with my knife. Right OOTB the edge could shave arm hair so I was very satisfied with that, although I still worked it a little on a Shapton 5k. I have large hands, most XL gloves are too small, and the height of the blade gives enough knuckle clearance when chopping--close but it's enough. With a pinch grip the knife seems to disappear into my hand and become an extension of my fingers. F&F is pretty good but I will put some epoxy or wax on the ferrule to seal it tighter. The ferrule to handle transition is very smooth. I selected this knife in particular due to its relatively flat profile combined with a nicely tapered tip for detail work. The blade is very stout and not at all thin but is still capable of some delicate slicing, but definitely not a "laser". I was able to get some pretty thin onion slices and it handled carrots with ease but wedged a little. All in all this knife seems like an incredible value and I couldn't be happier with this purchase. I am new to carbon steel and whetstone sharpening so perhaps a more experienced or professional user might find flaws I overlook, but if you are looking to buy your first carbon steel knife and/or get into sharpening then this is a fine candidate.
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