I received this knife last week. I've since used it some and lightly sharpened it. I have not done any thinning but after looking it over closely, the heel is much thicker near the edge than the rest of the blade which is not bad. Should I thin this guy? Huw? Also, Mike is bowing out of this one after checking it out this weekend so I'll send it to ayeung74 as soon as I get his address.
Go for it Tinh, cheers
Make simplicity seem like abundance - Tetsuya Wakuda
I'm now out, as well. Not because I don't like you, Huw, I promise. I just don't have time to use it enough to justify the shipping, etc.
Thanks for the opportunity, mon ami (that's French for "you sonamabish", which is Little Italy for "pal").
I guess I"m next! Woohoo!
I've thinned the knife and put a fresh edge on it. I didn't put much time into getting all the coarse scratches out so don't hold it against me or my stones, lol. It's going out in a few minutes here.
It's a fairly thin knife, in general with very nice distal taper. I think this is a very nice knife for someone that is willing to put a little time into it. The edge taking and holding was very good and similar to the more expensive Fujiwaras I've used. Grinding the steel was quick and easy work and the edge came out virtually clean under magnification without actually trying to deburr. I did not enjoy the handle and the spine was pretty uncomfortable over time. Fit and finish was on the crude side, maybe a bit moreso than his other lines. Cutting performance was good and better once the edge was fixed and some thinning was done. If you're gonna buy one of these, I'd say, round the spine and any other uncomfortable corners, and you're set. If you think it cuts like a fatty, a little thinning will go a long way.
I forgot to add that I straightened the knife a bit. Thinning wasn't going to well otherwise.