Leder (Rottman) 270 mm gyuto in Niolox
A while back, I posted a review of a 210 petty that was madefrom a broken 270 mm gyuto. A couple of months ago, I received the the 270gyuto I originally asked for. It was to be super thin (1.8 mm at its thickestpoint) and tapered dramatically toward the tip (under 0.7 mm 3 cm from thetip). I also asked for a flat left side and the convex right side. Over 2/3 ofthe edge was to be dead flat and then the tip was to sweep up some. The knife Ireceived was exactly what I asked for. The only flaw was a slight recurve inflat portion of the profile. The grind was excellent and the performance of thesteel was consistent with the first petty: very wear resistant (moreso than theA-type), good edge taking (the edges seem to be a shade less keen than AEB-L)and excellent edge holding (I canít think of anything that is significantlybetter in stainless.).
The best part about this knife is the cutting performance.It isnít for everyone. Part of the reason I like asymmetry is most people wantto put my knives down after a single cut. It keeps my collection looking fairlynew (patina not withstanding). Anyway, it is easily in outstanding territorywith respect to tip work. I LOVE how the tip works in every way. There is verylow resistance and the point makes fine work doable although I donít really dothat much with a 270. Iíve really enjoyed using the huge flat area for mincingand shredding large amounts of material. Itís also been great for dicing andfood release is excellent toward the tip and very good over the flat area.
The fit and finish, is outstanding just as it was with thefirst knife. All of the edges are rounded and the handle is essentiallyflawless and true to specs.
In all, Iím once again, very impressed with Tilmanís(Rottman) ability to deal with very thin, convex grinds without overgrinding. Ialso like the stainless steel heís chosen to use. When I asked for this knifeto be made, the plan was for it NOT to be an all arounder but Iíve put it intomy rotation since it is quite simply an awesome cutter and there is just toomuch joy in using it for it to be called upon merely for spot duty. :)
I've attached my usual crappy pics. :( I gotta figure out how to do this better...
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