Just real fast, how do you pronounce "Kochi"? After speaking with a few knife fanatics I've learned that my japanese phonetics could use some polishing. Is it "Ko-chee" or "ko-Kee," etc?
I could be corrected here, but I believe Jon said Ko-chee...Ko-kee is the man with Japanese Chef's Knife--oh yeah, my pronunciations leave something to be desired as well. Good luck in school, sounds like you have the right attitude going in, keep it up when the going gets tough!
Anyone want to chime in on the sticktion of this blade? Remember Jon saying it's a 50/50 grind which was a surprise but that's probably what he asked for...
So far I have had no issues with potatoes...and I have been cutting everything I can bring home from the farmer's market. I think the kurouchi finish helps, but more than that I think is because of the geometry of the blade. Grind may be 50/50, but it gets extremely thin, so hard for me to see. Not sure if these pics will help, but tried to get a decent shot of the choil.
Mine does not have sticking issues at all. Another reason I love this king of KU finish :)
I've always read about Kochi geometry; which is enticing in itself. This talk of having a profile comparable to the Sab or Masamoto is very intriguing... although, in the pics it looks taller and more blunt at the tip end.