I’ve had one of Mert’s @chefcomesback HVB knives for a little bit now and used it enough that I feel like I can discuss my thoughts about the knife. I have one of the knives from his first batch of 52100@64HRC. I’ve been wanting to try really hard 52100 for a while so when the opportunity came along I couldn’t resist. When the knife arrived I realized right away that the D-handle that came on it was too large for me. Fortunately, I work very close to @JBroida JKI store, so I took the knife there and Jon rehandled it for me with his excellent octagonal burnt chestnut handle. This transformed the knife for me, the balance became more blade heavy and very comfortable for me. My knife is approximately 232x54.66 mm and 221 g. Here’s what it looks like now. It is a workhorse, but very thin behind the edge. It feels very solid and powerful due to the blade forward balance and the thickness of the spine. The knife strikes an excellent balance between food release and cutting ability. Cooking dinner tonight, I compared it to some other excellent knives that I have and I have to conclude that Mert’s knife strikes the best balance between going through food and having excellent food release. I don’t think that choil shots tell the whole story about the knife and its grind, but people like them, so here you go. I think there is some misconception about who makes these. As far as I know these are fully done by Mert and not an apprentice. I think originally the idea was that these would be apprentice made knives, but now these are done by Mert and the performance of my example is excellent. These are more rustic and less refined than Mert’s regular line, but everything is rounded and smoothed where it matters. The choil, spine, bottom of the neck, everything is rounded and smoothed not a sharp edge or corner anywhere. So in summary, I believe this line is a great deal. You get excellent performance and rustic look for a lot less. The later batches also have smaller handles which I prefer, so I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants to try how well Mert’s knives work.