NKD-Stephan Fowler 240 Gyuto
Ordered this a while ago and after a few F+F tweaks it arrived today. Will try and do a write up covering how it performs when i've had the chance to use it but thought i'd share some pics and initial thoughts.
Came well packed with a nice plain poplar saya which i wasn't expecting :D
The blade is 52100 clad in wrought with a decent amount of convexity and to my eyes a great profile. The san mai is waifish in thinness and the core steel shows through in a number of places. I quite like the way it looks and is a lot different to my other clad knives. The Wrought cladding has some character to it and had a few inclusions. The larger of which i asked Stephan to fill with epoxy as i was worried about it being a rust/dirt trap. With it being filled i'm not worried about it.
The handle is really nice, has a decent amount of taper to it and is really comfortable in my hand. It's one of the nicest Wa handles i have and really complements the blade.
I took some measurements of the blade at various points, the convexity means it doesn't thin much from the spine to the middle of the blade, but then tapers dramatically to the cutting edge.
Some pics to try and show the convexity
The profile of the knife has a lot more curve than the earlier Fowler gyutos i have seen pictures of. It has a bit less blade height than my other 240s and so with a similar edge profile the tip ends up a little higher. In the hand it feels quite slender and nimble almost a Gyuto-Suji hybrid.
The edge was far from polished but would just about shave, in no way comfortably though. Sliced a potato with it and it was agressive, felt like a 1k stone finish but that's a pure guess... Food separation was good similar to my carters and the profile felt comfortable on the board. When i've had a chance to properly use it i'll be able to give some more meaningful feedback, but first impression was good.
The only slight gripes i have at the moment are the relatively sharp corners on the spine and choil and need a few minutes with some wet and dry to fully round them over, something that my knives from other makers has made me start to expect.
There is also a bit of gap where the tang enters the handle. It's a shame as the handle is really really good, and just needs some dyed epoxy to fill the gap and seal the tang.
Quick and easy fixes, just a shame that they weren't done OOTB.
Will try and use it as much as i can over the weekend but first impressions are that it's going to perform really well