Posted By: PrkrThis is the 4th or so knife I have bought from CKTG. I absolutely love it. This knife is a blast to use, breezes through tall objects (cabbage, onions, etc), and has a lovely rustic finish. I want to leave some notes for the curious.
Pros: Very aesthetic in person, more so than the pictures
AS steel is always fantastic and this is no exception. Takes a razor sharp edge and seems to last for a while
Neutral notes: Grind is rather uneven, slightly convex on one side and concave on the other. Personally I like this because of food release properties, but some might not enjoy it.
Large "belly" in the edge profile, as seen in video. Can be sharpened away if desired
Weight was more than I expected, as only being marginally more than a similar Takeda. I was expecting a pretty lightweight knife and this is definitely on the heavy side. Somehow I don't mind it and it feels really amazing in hand.
Cons: Fit and finish leaves a bit to be desired. Yes it's a rustic finish, but it still had a few notes that are worth pointing out. The handle was very dry. I used the CKTG beeswax on it twice before use, and recommend the same to anyone else. I also recommend putting some of said wax where the knife meets the handle, as this is not stainless in this location. The handle became far darker in color, and more protected. I also used some lemon oil to remove the sticker and this did not stain the wood.
OOTB sharpness was like a 4/10. Definitely the most dull knife I've purchased from here.
All in all, this knife is extremely fun to use, very versatile, and very aesthetic if you like a rustic look. This knife is great for enthusiasts or people that want a minor project knife, as I spent about 1-2 hours getting it up to par before use. This was totally ok with me, but for someone without a sharpening setup or the means to remove stickers or prepare a handle, this would be a major drawback.
9/10 would recommend
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