McLean and Besch Design - A Gyuto-hiki
Guys, I'd guess 99% of you guys had no idea that Heath and I have been working on a knife for a couple of months. Essentially, I designed a knife, Heath tweaked it, added his own little touches, such as random pattern damascus and a clipped tip, and then Heath built it.
The knife arrived today, and with all of the world-class knives I've been fortunate enough to own and use, this one had me checking my mailbox more often than most. I was nervous opening it up, and them I grabbed the knife, shook my head and laughed, saying to myself (and my omni-present beagle of a best bud), "Heath, you son of a *****, you nailed it!" Is the knife perfect? No, of course not. Is the handle as clean as Stefan Kellar, Mike Henry, or Pierre Rodrigue? No, not yet. But, it's nice, comfortable and is what we had drawn. It looks and feels very, very good.
I haven't had much of a chance to use it, because I have other things I need to do, believe it or not. I did, however, use it on a few items and this thing cuts like a Konosuke. I'm hoping it continues to impress me, and that the HT is on (how can I tell so early?). I have a very good feeling about this knife, and I already know, it's damned fun to use. :D
I have a feeling that this is similar to how Mark Farley felt when he first gave Mike Davis a shot and received those first knives.
Thanks, Heath. I have a feeling you might be onto something!