That sounds great! Thanks!
I have had a few ho-wood handles so far and although they are well made and nice, it isn't my favorite material to hold. I concur about the "fuzzy" sort of feeling on it. To me, it just didn't feel "right" in hand, I know that's an odd way to try and describe something but it just didn't mesh right.
I found ho wood handles come right after a few coats of mineral oil/beeswax
Interesting point jimbob, I currently have a Sakai Yusuke that might benefit from a few coats.....
I will definitely say though that out of the box the ho wood wasn't exactly to my liking. Does the mineral oil/beeswax discolor the handle in way? I believe it can darken some woods so I'm wondering what impact it might have on handles....
And sorry for the mini-hijack of the thread there, just something that came up about Ho-wood and didn't want to start a whole new thread.
It does darken slightly, but in a good grain revealing way.... My shigs were not fuzzy to start with but tanaka and a few Intinommon were and are lovely and smooth now.
How did a thread reviewing a Gengetsu, the one with the chestnut handles, filed in the review section, devolve into a discussion of ho wood?
Such a discussion has merit, but perhaps would be better in kitchen kinife. On its own. Or part of a discussion of handle materials.
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Yes, sorry about that, should have probably used PM's for this or a separate thread, my mistake and I apologize. Didn't mean to get that off topic, just got carried away and a bit excited. Anyhow, sorry, back on topic!
An actual question about the knife, how do you feel it compares to some of the lasers currently out there like the Gesshin Ginga, Sakai Yusuke and Kono HD/HH series? It seems like it has a bit more "weight" to it than the lasers might yet still cuts super smoothly? Curious as I currently own a Sakai Yusuke and while I love the way it cuts, feel like something with a bit more weight to it might be something I enjoy even more....
Older and wider.
The only laser I've used thus far has been a tanaka blue#2; the gengetsu cuts like a laser but feels like a midweight knife