Loving things so far! I havn't had as much use as i'd like but i am very impressed with thi knife.
Initial impressions of the blade: I was expecting a rough finish with this blade but was pleasantly surprised. The spine is rounded well and blade grind marks even. Handle fit is flawless and the kanji its self is a work of art. The only let down (as i was prepared for) is the choil finish which isnt too big a deal and i will rectify when i can be bothered (a few years away then!).
First cutting impressions: Well i am another victim of the ever growing "Kato Effect". I sent this thing straight into the deep end and found a nice dense butternut squash for my first cutting experience. I had my only other 240 direct comparison, my tanaka r2 ironwood. I know they are not really in the same category as far as knives go but it may be a useful reference point for some tanaka owners. So, what was the result? Yes, you guessed! Despite having a spine more than twice the thickness of the tanaka, the Kato cut easier . The feeling of the cut is also so much smoother and more positive, perhaps due to the extra blade weight. It is such an addicting feeling, almost buttery?!
I have not taken the knife to any stones, only gave a few swipes on a borosilicate rod. Even with this small process, i notice the steel feels unlike anything i have tried before. So smooth and silky. Again, i must use the term buttery! The blade has developed a patina quicker than i imagined after reading other reviews. A quick pic after an hours use:
I cant wait to get more use out of this thing and really stretch its legs. I will keep updating as i discover more about this amazingly unique knife. It even had one of the waitresses tonight exclaiming "F*** this thing cuts amazing!" quickly followed by "I can't believe i just got excited about a knife!" Another quick pic of my custom apron knife sheath for the night hehe