we had a local shop announce a closing sale..well, they got bought out and would just be 100% online sales. (japanese woodworker in alameda).
i made a mental note to go by and pick up some Axe. it was a mad house in there. it was actually the bi-annual sale..but people knew the close was imminent. i was ogling the axes, and looked at the kitchen knives. i was not a member here, so i knew NOTHING about them. (i actually thought the knives were too light).. i told the sales guy that i had no knowledge and never tried a stone. some guy offers me to sell me a "starter" knife so i could practice with stones. not so sure what i actually paid..i bet $30 bucks. they were just hand scribbling out paper reciepts..no return policy. i bought 2 of the knives.
well, i have some waterstones, and this knife. the thing was sharp as a scalpel. you could play music on the edge by flicking your fingerprint groove on the edge..zing zing zing!! i soaked a stone and ran it a few times. it can pop off my coarse leg hairs.
being a new member here on the forum..i realized the VAST information..but i have no clue what this inexpensive knife is..full on high carbon. sharp..CHEAP! i got it to use and to practice the art of sharpening. i imagine this is an everyday beater knife back in japan? this thing takes and edge easy..maybe too easy to get proficient with a waterstone.
this thing can push cut a light piece of paper. the second knife i gave (he gave me a quarter) to my BIL. i think he is scared to touch it to food.