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Thread: Carter SFGZ 5.6 sun(170mm) Wa-Bocho

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    Salt Lake City, UT

    Carter SFGZ 5.6 sun(170mm) Wa-Bocho

    I guess I will start in on the pass arounds... first up:

    If you are considering a Carter, but unsure of how you will like it, you are welcome to take this one for a drive. I assume lots of guys here have Carters, but some of the newer members may not so this is open to any member in the CONUS.

    All I ask is when you ship it it comes with delivery confirmation and try to only keep it for 10 days at a time.

    5.6 sun Wa-bocho, classic Carter, thin, light and a wicked cutter, but lacking in the finish dept.

    This is not the high grade series, but IMO, cuts just as well if not better than the HG series.

    I will put a screaming edge on it before shipping, please only sharpen if you are confident in your skills.

    Shoot me a PM if you are interested.

    Regards, Matt

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    Got a PA carter funayuki on the way to the house....or I'd be in like Flynn. REALLY looking forward to test driving a carter.
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    Senior Member cclin's Avatar
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    may I join? pm sent!
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    Senior Member chinacats's Avatar
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    I would love to try one of his wa-bocho knives. Thanks for the opportunity--pm sent.

    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    Great one! He's a living legend for a reason. Performance-wise, I compare all other knives to his. This is a cool passaround, Matt.

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    I'd love to try this out. PM sent

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    This is headed out this morning. List is currently has six participants. I will allow up to 10, so if anyone else wants on at any point in the next couple weeks lmk.

    Happy cutting all, hope you get a good feel for Carter.

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    I just got it - will be trying it out for a bit!

    Would you guys consider this laser-ish, or standard all around? This is actually the first time I've handled a proper knife.

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    Thanks a bunch for the chance to try this out! After all of the talk about what great cutters Carters are, I was not surprised by how this knife performed. While cutting well, I found food sticking quite a bit to the blade. I didn't expect this due to the geometry of the blade. The top half of the blade has no taper, and then it is ground concave down to just above the edge. I thought that this design would act like a super convex, but not so.
    The handle is very much like a mass produced piece, and would be very much nicer with a little contouring of the edges. It is not particularly uncomfortable, but could be greatly improved quite easily.
    It's is a very nimble little knife and was fun to use. If i were to buy one i would want a longer edge, for most things this was long enough, but i did find myself wishing for more several times. In the week that I had it doing normal home kitchen work the edge held up fine, but before I sent it on I did some stropping on newsprint and it brought the edge up nicely.
    Spike C
    "The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain."

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    She's on her way now. This is actually the first expensive knife I have ever handled, so there's not much I can say aside from general observations.

    First thing I noticed was how light the handle was. Of course, this was due to the short tang and probably the material (anyone know what this material is?). Secondly, I was surprised there was no distal taper, because I had the impression that most good knives had a taper - especially if Carter is forging these out.

    It cuts really well, looks great with the cladding. I found the handle shape was OK - there wasn't much I could say bad about it to be honest, but I'm not actually that picky about handle shapes. I do agree with SpikeC that if it were a little bit longer, it would be more enjoyable to use.

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