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    Ken Onion "Rain" Mini reveiw

    I got to play with the new "Rain" 8 inch chef.

    It looks and feels short for 8". Prob due to the top of the angled handle being an inch (or so) forward on the blade. The blade/handle juncture was awkward. Pinch grip was not as bad as it looks though far from ideal. I could not find a "typical" grip that was comfortable but the "pointy finger" was closest. Not something I would want to take to a case of anything - though I don't think thats what it's designed for.

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    Rockers only need apply. Knife has more belly than I do. Good new is that is what most of target market is looking for. Consumers looking for that distinctive "Ken" style will find it.

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    In use the knife feels thick. Took considerably force to dice onion, both the tip work and the push cut. When slicing tomato it compressed the tomato before slicing through the skin and continued to compress it going through. Red potatoes were also difficult to slice.

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    F&F The Lamson(?) part is good. The handle is ok, fit is good, blade is uniform. The blade finish is subjective - some think it looks "cool", I thought it looked like a gum wrapper.

    Overall I think I hits the target market as a flashy housewife knife, competing with Shun, Wusthof and Henckels for a growing market of "keep up with the Jone's" consumers. It's at a similar price point as the Shun Classic or Wustie Ikon. Will be interesting to follow and see if it can get a viable market share.

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    Must have timed out while trying to sort out the attachments.
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    That handle screams S/M gear to me. No bueno...

    Thanks for the review though. No really- thanks for going through that experience...
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    Is the third photo the choil? If so it looks fatter than an Artifex...
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    Holy Carp!
    It looks like Dr. Seuss made that thing in Whoville.
    It does look to be made of recycled foil gum wrappers.
    Good call Dave.
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    even before i got into knives i took one look at a ken onion and said 'that looks awkward as hell'

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    Ken hit this one on the head!

    And by that I mean...I don't think in my wildest imagination I could have dreamed up a knife that appeals to me so little.

    Btw, how did it perform cutting through that bench scraper. That's the real test

    Thanks for taking it for the team and reviewing it.

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    from the looks of this i'd rather have an artifex

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    the choil shot looks like a yo-deba, and a thick one at that.

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    So what? Does that affect the performance of the choil?

    Choil shots tell you as much about the geometry of a knife as a woman's foot tells you about the rest of her body.

    Sorry to intrude, just a pet peeve of mine.

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