I will not go too overboard on this, but will just post some general impressions. I used the knife on everything through easter weekend and probably put about 30 hours of use on it. I forgot to take measurement specs, but the knife is anorexic, in a good way...if you like that sort of thing.
Cosmetics: the scratches on the blade don't really bother me that much, it is going to get used anyway. The tang/ferrule fit was great, the handle was well put together, although there was a little shrinking in the wood causing the spacer to stand out, but that is easily fixed and almost expected. There are no gaps in the different handle junctions and everything is uniform. The spine was smooth, comfortable and as rounded as possible considering its size. Overall, good looking knife, (if you like that Wa style thing, good thing he makes western too).
Retention: Wow, I am blown away by the retention on this. I used it over Easter weekend and logged close to 30 hours. I touched it up once on a 5k and stropped daily and that was it. There was very little degeneration from a fresh edge even after half a shift of use. I would put the retention close to or better than AS.
Sharpenability:This sharpened up like a champ. I did not go through a full grit progression, but prior to sending it to Pabloz, I went through a 2k, followed by 5k, then balsa loaded CO. It raised a burr well on both grits and burr removal was not an issue.
Profile: The profile is the only thing I might alter a little, although it looks more upswept towards the tip than it feels. I might lower the tip just a bit, and call it good. I like the idea of a gyuto hybrid where it is not as tall as a normal gyuto.
Overall: Great knife, fun to play with, falls through food and has great retention. Personally, the knife is too thin for my taste, but it is something I am sure the maker could adjust.
Here is a pic of a profile shot, from top to bottom: Moritaka KS, Rottman gyuto, Fujiwara, and DT.
It does look a little nicer now........
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Looks good! Thanks, Paul.
Left ABQ today for DFW. Enjoy Eamon.
I will miss this knife. It was fun! Sharpened really easily. Burr came up quick and fell of on the strop easily. That could be an indicator of a softer blade but since I really did not put it through any rigorous tasks edge degeredation was insignificant to me. My wife and Chef James also loved it. It was truely pleasurable and set a standard to aspire to.
THANK YOU Tinh!!!!
Cool, I thought you solved the issue of how to come to Texas and mailed yourself in a crate.