Are these made by the same Kato as the new knives Maksim has started carrying? I actually wish those had stainless cladding or were semi-stainless like the Yoshikanes.
Very good looking knife.
Nice acquisition, Mike!
So after using it a couple times, and getting a slimmer handle on it, the stock handle was a little too thick for my taste. I really like it, cuts beautifully, no wedging,the edge hasn't degraded at all, and it has enough blade height and belly to act as an all purpose knife. I might consider a passaround after I use it for a while.
Mike, put me on the list for that one. I'd love to do a side by side with my Hiromoto wa suji to see how they compare.
So after using the Masakage for a bit what do you think? I am looking at maybe picking up a 240mm Gyuto and possibly as 150mm petty in this line. Not much out there about these knives, that I can find.
It's noticably thin behind the edge so cutting performance is quite good. The AS steel performed very nicely. Mike hadn't sharpened it yet, so it still had the factory edge. After a quick tuneup on the hone, the edge was very nice indeed, and stayed that way. The only issues I noticed, and these are minor, is the spine is pretty sharp and that the kurochi finish felt a bit powdery, as if the finish had not fully set. The finish gave the blade an odd feel in the hand. I suspect that if you went after it with a scrub pad and a bit of BKF or similar, you'd probably see that disappear very quickly.
I really liked it a lot. I really think this knife would be perfect as a line knife.
I bought a Masakage Koishi 150mm petty and a 240mm Gyuto today, sure hope I like them.