So, just over three days after ordering, my new CarboNext arrived from Seki, Japan, to London, UK.
There has been a lot of talk in posts about the OOTB edge, and F&F etc, of this knife, so I will post a few photographs to pass on my first impressions.
Main thing is that I really like this knife. It is my first J-knife, so I really have very little to compare it to, but nevertheless I am very pleased with it. Already I want a longer one as many on here suggested, but I did actually go try out a couple of 240s and they just seemed too large. Maybe sometime in the future I will jump up a level.
Let me say this though - the knife seems pretty dang sharp to me. Now I am not experienced with these knives and I have no doubt it can get sharper, but still it feathers through printer paper, and I did a "goodfellas" style garlic slice, which is thinner than any garlic I have ever sliced before. I will have a serious camera next week and might take some full on macro shots of the OOTB edge (after a week of cooking!) then maybe after that I will sharpen it. As it is it is plenty sharp enough for me just now, when I am used to the weight and feel of it I will hone it down. Checking the blade with a loupe, the edge is not finished properly right at the choil end - this cearly needs fixing, but for today it's more than fine.
The F&F seems very good really - there are a couple of bits on the handle that are not 100% perfect, but they are purely visual - no raised burrs etc. The blade has some discolouring to it that looks like uneven grind maybe? It's not a big deal. If I had spent $300 on a Hattori FH I would be upset with that kind of finish, but with this knife I am happy.
Upshot, I like it a lot so far. Now I have to go cook some dinner with it, instead of taking pictures of it, and waffling on. So here are some pictures for your delight:
with a goodfellas slice of garlic.....