For my second Japanese knife I had decided that I wanted a honesuki, and in the end plunged for a Tojiro DP, mainly because I could get this knife from a UK website for cheaper than it was on sale in the USA, which seemed like a rare opportunity. Having read a lot of posts new and old about these knives I decided that the general opinion seemed to be that they were, all in all, a pretty solid knife for the money.
So, today my knife arrived (travelling the 200 miles in about the same time as a knife from Koki in Japan) and almost immediately I noticed what appears to be a bit of a problem.
First off, as I know you guys like photographs of knives, here is a standard portrait of the new DP...
On unpacking it, I saw that the bevel goes way off line, veering upwards about 2/3rds down from the tip, then heading back right down to the heel. I think this is overgrind? Here are some pictures:
Regarding the general fit and finish of the knife, compared to my CarboNext it is pretty poor. I knew not to expect great things, but it seems kind of shoddy really. Here are a few pics of poor F&F round the handle. I also include a close up of the printing on the blade for anyone who is interested. Nothing wrong with it, I just seem to remember that you people like to look at photographs of these objects. :
I am hoping to get some advice about the following, though please feel free to comment further:
1. What do you think of the bevel issue? [overgrind?] Is it something that I can easily fix with my stones (bearing in mind that my #240 is getting very thin indeed after sorting out a couple of very blunt knives for a friend a couple of weeks ago)?
2. Is this level of F&F round the handle about what I should expect for this knife, or is this a particularly bad example?
3. Should I just send it back, and throw a little more money at a better knife, or should I throw a bit of effort into it and just keep it?
I haven't really played with it yet, so am not sure how much I like/don't like it. I thought I needed to find out what the deal is with the problems before I started to form any attachment to it, or otherwise. I am kind of leaning towards not liking it next to the CN though.
Thank you if you read this far, and apologies for the length of the post.