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    Any insight on Misono Swedish gyuto

    So I've been trying to dig up some info on the old dragon gyuto in Swedish carbon steel. Couldn't find too much, some info from back in the day (2004). Anyway, I'm interested to hear any personal experiences with this one. Some old posts suggest high reactivity, so so feel on the stones, decent edge retention. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    I still love my 240mm. Great geometry, nice tappering towards a convexed edge, very efficient distal tapper, very slight belly, no flat spots, great F&F. Steel is very pure, no sulphure odour, very reactive: needs a patina. Easiest sharpening I've ever seen. Average edge retention. Could be maintained with a fine rod.

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    Thanks benuser! That's good info. How's the tip on the knife? It looks more on the pointy side which would be a plus.

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    Mine is one of my all-time favourites, and I've bee fortunate enough to handle many knives.
    Edge retention is good to almost very good. Keenness is incredible, and just a touch and I mean touch below white 2. I love the profile and heft of the knife, and Misono's f and f is fantastic, minus the choil being relativey sharp.
    Unlike others, I've never had real issues with reactivity, but I did end up forcing a patina, when I once noticed some light rusting. Realistically, doing so helped keep it less reactive, more than it helped keep away oxidation.
    I lightly thinned mine, and convexed the left face and it's a beautiful knife, and one that gets overlooked, unnecessarily, in my opinion.
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    I have the Misono Swedish hankotsu, so I can't really comment on the gyuto, but f&f was astonishingly good for what the knife costs, handle is nice, wood looks great. Steel feels nice on the stones, feels similar to white, but maybe slightly less pure, takes a patina quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to get another from this line.

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    http://s19.postimage.org/fbfxb4h0j/Misono.jpg

    Please note there's a little flex, due to the distal taper and thin spine.

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    This is very helpful stuff guys, thanks very much.
    One thing that was interesting when I started looking into this is that the knife seems reasonable at just a hair above $200. Got me wondering how good of a buy it must have been before Misono elevated their pricing.
    Anyway, I think I might have to give this one a try. Thanks again for the helpful info

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    I bought a 270 second hand here. It came with a beautiful bevel, but I found it to be a bit ax'y. I decided to thin it, assuming I would have to polish away the nice patina. Well, I thinned the thing pretty far up, and miraculously didn't leave a single scratch! Easiest knife I've ever sharpened!
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    i had the 270mm suji and let me tell you, ive never had a stinkier or more reactive knife

    cut great though
    It's like my ol' grandpappy used to say; "The less one makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look a fool in retrospect"

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    I use a 240 suji daily. It's a great cutter. I've never noticed that it's particularly odoriferous but it' s quite reactive and I've got a serious patina on it which I'm sure negates any aroma. Mine is a bit flexy but the really nice thing about it is that I can keep it going for a decent length of time by hitting the strops every couple days. They use some nice steel in it. It's a bit pricey these days, though. I always thought the Swedish line was a terrific value for knives with such a high level of fit and finish, but after the recent price increases I can't honestly say that I'd consider them to be a great value any longer. Still fine performers though.

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