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    Kagayaki Aogami Super 24cm Wa-gyuto Review

    Kagayaki Aogami Super 24cm Wa-gyuto

    This knife was graciously lent me by another forum member with the understanding that I would share my opinions and findings.

    When the knife arrived, it had what I estimated to be a ten degree bevel. I stropped the edge and cut a few vegetables to get a feel for the knife. I had just been using an OOTB Richmond Addict, and the difference between the two knives was night and day. The Kagayaki just seemed to glide through the food, in sharp contrast to the Richmond.

    My next step was to sharpen it. I put a slightly less acute bevel on it, approximately fifteen degrees. Sharpening was very easy, the AS core takes an edge quickly, as has been noted by other owners of aogami super knives like the Hiromoto. I used a 1k and 5k Gesshin (from Jon of JKI), then stropped on a leather strop loaded with diamond spray (from Dave pf JKS).

    I used it a my primary knife for general preparation for the next two weeks. Mostly vegetables, although I did slice some salami and cheese with it. It cut softer foods like tomatoes, cucumbers and summer squash very well, but wasn't as smooth and effortless when cutting harder foods like carrots. I did cut a spaghetti squash in half with it, and had just a minor issue with the thickness of the spine causing it to wedge in the squash. The edge held up well with no signs of chipping. I found it to be an enjoyable knife to use, except for one thing.

    That one thing, that really stood out about the knife, was the reactivity of the damascus cladding. Even after almost two weeks of use, and scrubbing it with baking soda, it still reacted strongly when cutting an onion. It's like the Fujiwara FKH series as far as that's concerned. If it was my knife, I might try Harold's recipe for forcing a patina (http://***********************/2011/01...40-kasumi.html).

    Rick

    Meaasurements:

    Weight: 193g
    OAL: 401.7mm
    Length of edge: 244.5mm
    Height of blade at heel: 50.4mm

    Blade thickness:

    Spine at handle: 5.10mm

    Spine at heel: 4.00mm
    Midpoint at heel: 1.90mm
    Edge at heel (right above bevel): 0.40mm

    Spine at midblade: 1.95mm
    Midpoint at midblade: 1.70mm
    Edge at midblade (right above bevel): 0.35

    Spine at 1cm from tip: 0.95mm
    Edge at 1cm from tip (right above bevel): 0.35










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    Thanks for the review. That is one highly patinated cladding, which i think looks pretty good. Im surprised that these aren't more popular because they seem like a decent deal at less than 250. If only koki got them made a little thinner.

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    nice review, PT. looks like a pretty good knife. i like the reactive cladding, myself, at least once it's under control. makes it neat looking.

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    Thanks for the review! We don't hear much about the Kagayakis, so it's good to see your thoughts on the knife
    Len

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    Love hearing about knives such as this that don't get much attention. I think if you cut loads of onions, the best thing is to use them for the patina. I tried everything with a White #2 knife and it still reacted with onions every time, so I just left them on it for a little while. It looks a bit boring, but no more reactivity

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    Our buddy thombrogan has always suggested pineapple, and bloody meat.
    Looks like a great knife!
    I haven' had any issues with my/your fkh. We need to crack this patina riddle.
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    Blood works great for building a patina and would look awesome on that dammy cladding. Looks like a sweet knife.

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    I wonder what it would look like with some etching fluid.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Albert Einstein

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    Hmmm. Rockbox, you always have to make my mind go where I didn't want it to go, don't you?
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    Nice review, thank you.

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