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Lucretia
12-08-2013, 12:05 AM
Some qualifiers on this review. I've only used the knife twice and it hasn't been on the stones, so no telling what edge retention & sharpening will be like. This is just a first impression. I'm a home cook preparing meals for two, so I just cut things--don't have any radical knife skills (chawp chawp chawp!) Food release isn't as important to me as a knife that's comfortable in the hand and moves effortlessly through the food, although I don't want things sticking so badly that it's a struggle. If it's pretty kitchen jewelry and makes me happy just looking at it, it's a bonus.

When I get a new knife, I'll typically pull out a couple other knives and use them each in rotation--a few slices with each--to do a side by side comparison. Did a little test run on dinner last night--the Maumasi along with a Shigefusa and Rader. Used each one for a little bit on each food item. Onion, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, and leftover roast pork.


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Tonight it was sweet potatoes cut into chunks and assorted seasonings:

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I'm REALLY impressed by the Maumasi. The knives have different personalities and strengths, but the Maumasi more than kept up with the Rader & Shige. F&F might even be a little better on the Maumasi. :eek2: I really, really like the tip on it--great for fiddly work. It has a little bit of flex to it and is really nimble. I suspect it will be hell on wheels removing silverskin from pork tenderloins. Check out the distal taper:

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The handle is a little chubbier than the other 2, and I was concerned that it would be too big for my stumpy fingers, but it's really an extremely comfortable knife to use. The choil and spine are nicely finished--no sharp spots to grab or poke you. For those of you who like choil shots, here's a comparison of the 3:

Maumasi:

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Shigefusa:

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Rader:

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Very little reactivity to anything I cut--it was just starting to show a tiny bit of patina along the edge after the first night (and some nice blue in there), very little the second night. I cut a lime and let the knife sit on the board while I tracked down the camera and took a picture--no reaction. It's the longest knife I own now, but doesn't feel too long to work with, felt balanced in the hand. Didn't notice any wedging on carrots. All 3 knives required some effort to get through the sweet potatoes, but for future use I'd probably grab the Maumasi first for sweet potato prep. (Don't know how it would be on white potatoes, but I love my Shige for that. Slicing potatoes with a Shige is downright sensuous.) As far as food release goes, I didn't notice it--which means for my use it's just fine.

Grabbing this knife was like finding that perfect pair of shoes that feel good the first time you try them on and don't need to be broken in. I think it's going to end up being my go-to knife.

chuck239
12-08-2013, 12:25 AM
Awesome! Glad to hear you like it! I hope to hear an update about your opinion on the knife in a little while.

One question. Just for other people as well... The choil shot on the rader is a bit misleading right? On my raders it has that upswept part to make it look real thick from the choil shot, right? I just want to make sure others understand that but also make sure your knife is like mine?

Thanks again for the review! Glad you are enjoying it!

-Chuck

Lucretia
12-08-2013, 01:29 AM
Yes, the Rader gets thick right as you get to the choil. Thanks for clarifying.

SpiceOfLife
12-08-2013, 01:43 AM
I think this is an awesome review! Before I got mine I couldn't really find anything and this would have definitely made the decision to buy that much easier :doublethumbsup:

I'm not a professional either, just a home cook. But I agree with everything you said; especially the part about the length. My knife is almost 10 inches and the longest I own too, I dot normally like long knives. But it doesn't feel clumsy or clunky to me even though it is longer than anything else I own. It feels good in hand and very comfortable to use. I've had mine a couple of months now and I find that it holds its edge really well so hopefully you find the same, and mine has great blue/purple patina... But like you were saying it took quite a while to develop.

marc4pt0
12-08-2013, 02:49 PM
I think this knife looks absolutely amazing. This is a Great score, and now I'm wanting one. How tall is it at the heel?

Mrmnms
12-08-2013, 04:38 PM
When you think of the level this guy's already at with his background , it makes the quality of these even more remarkable.

EdipisReks
12-08-2013, 06:10 PM
Certainly like that distal taper and choil shot!

Lefty
12-08-2013, 08:40 PM
They look great.

Mrmnms
12-08-2013, 08:52 PM
I think this knife looks absolutely amazing. This is a Great score, and now I'm wanting one. How tall is it at the heel?

Maybe we can split one and get joint custody.

Lucretia
12-08-2013, 09:58 PM
Looks like 51 mm tall at the heel.

CB1968
12-13-2013, 07:57 AM
Awesome, looks great and killer distal taper, will be interested in a follow up after some use.

Leer1217
12-23-2013, 02:52 AM
where can one purchase one of these gorgeous knives? :)

Von blewitt
12-23-2013, 03:07 AM
Epicurian Edge

Lucretia
12-23-2013, 10:18 PM
Still loving the knife after using it for a few weeks. It works just as well as I'd hoped for cleaning up meat & removing silverskin. Does a pretty nice job slicing the meat once it's cooked, too, and now it has a lovely peacock patina from slicing hot bloody beef. Great for veggies so far--except potatoes. You can amaze your friends and family by cutting a potato then waving the knive about with great gusto--abracadabra! Magic potato adheres to the knife! Not so bad near the tip, but I was making slices (about 1" thick) at different places along the knife just to see what it would do. If I were doing a lot of taters I'd use a different knife. I'm still amazed by how nimble the knife is--things that I'd normally use a petty for can be done easily with this one. This one definitely has me doing a happy dance!