It is fully hand-hammered so there are actually pronounced hammer indentations in the kuro uchi finish, so that's a plus if you find those things appealing -- one of the sharpest OOTB edges I've ever seen, and it strops back to shape very well even on newsprint. I did end up thinning mine behind the edge to get a more even blade path and improve performance, and now it falls through food like nothing. The grind is very good, with decent food release. Not a huge distal taper though. The aogami core takes a nice patina, as does the cladding once you remove the protective "lacquer" from the bade path. The tang is thick and durable, and it has a drop-nose and relatively flat profile, which I find most suitable for my purposes, as I do not rock-chop.