Thank you for the review!So, finally here's my impression of the knife which is already in the hands of the next participant of this PA. Please take everything I say with a grain of salt as I rarely use nakiris.
The aesthetics are smth you can see in the pics (I LOVED especially the left side of the blade), one likes the materials used or doesn't. I think the knife was overall well balanced although my personal preference would move the balance point a little bit more forward. The handle size was good (a little bit on the bigger side), the knife was sharp ootb. In fact, it was sharper than my Watanabe (--> I need to buy a new nakiri, sharpening is not an option ). Food release was comparable to my Watanabe, not much difference there (if any). The profile of this nakiri is a bit flatter than the Watanabe's, also the front end is shaped a little differently. I probably prefer the rear section of the Watanabe but clearly the front of the MH. I really enjoyed this nakiri mady by Martin Huber! This is already the second rectangle made by Martin which I seriously enjoyed!
If you look very closely at my pics, one could maybe see that the blade is a little bit twisted to the right towards the tip when looking at the spine. One can see that but I could definitely NOT feel that any time during the testing phase. I pointed that out to Martin when I got the knife. He fixed it a little bit (as much as possible) and still wanted to continue with this PA. Again, one can see it upon close inspection but I couldn't feel it at all when cutting. I just wanted to mention it here because during this PA someone will mention it anyway, so I happily volunteer to be that very special person.
@martinhuber , thank you so much for making this PA happen and giving me the chance to try another blade out of your work shop. I have enjoyed every single one of them! And it's always a pleasure chatting with you!
I just received the knife today. Took a couple more days because of a small mishap (isn't that right @miggus It really made me laugh a lot)
Thank you @martinhuber for letting me try a knife of yours. My first impression is that it looks incredible. The blade but also I was stunned by the handle. At 260g it's also the heaviest knife I have. Looks like a dense vegetable killer. Can't wait to test it tonight! Came with some reading and an awesome leather sheath.
Here are some current pictures. Sorry they don't come close to the amazing pictures @daddy yo yo took but here goes :
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I'll leave my impressions at the end of the week and send the knife to @jsandvad monday next week
Thank you @martinhuber again for letting me participate.
Have a good day everyone
Jup, I diligently brought the knife to DHL and... sent it to myself. So it took an extra round until it got to Joel, sorry about that!
Oh Sh*t that just gave me an heard attack.I'm sorry to say that it appears the Danish postal service has lost the package. @Neutri sent it last week, and it arrived already Friday, much quicker than I expected - unfortunately no one was at home when the package arrived, so I expected I could pick it up after the week-end, but never got info on where to pick it up. They claimed to try redelivering Tuesday, but they never showed up. I contacted them yesterday, and got the message it was "on the way to a post office, will arrive tomorrow". Today I found out that that was a lie, they have no idea where the packet is, they will try to look for it and update me in a couple of days. I hope for the best but fear the worst: I've had packets going missing with postal service before, they never showed up. I'm really sorry about this.
A few first impressions after using the knife for one dinner (Porchetta with oven potatoes, corn cobs, haricot verts and tomato salad):
I love how this knife looks. I do prefer the rougher look over more polished looks, and this one pulls off the aesthetics perfectly. It looks like a tool that is made to be used. Handle is beautiful as well.
Balance in hand
It is a much more heavy knife than I am used to, but with a pinch grip it feels perfectly balanced, and the heft inspires confidence in that it would cut through hard veggies with full control and minimal effort.
I've never tried a knive with this shape before, and I'm not sure what to think of it. It is not a rectangle, but looks like a gigantic WH gyuto with the tip broken off. I guess it could make for a good first nakiri for the people who use their WH gyuto for everything, but for me it took a little getting used to, especially when swapping between my nakiris and this one.
These are only very first impressions, based on a few tomatoes, onions, potatoes and carrots:
It's good. It cuts everything I throw at it very well. Admittedly I haven't tried a lot of different things yet, but I don't feel I've really tested it's potential yet, and found where it really shines.
Tomatoes and potatoes it handled fine, but was a bit big for the task, I would probably have used a petty instead.
Onions it did very well, I often use my nakiris to chop onion even though you could argue that a gyuto would be better. Here I struggled a bit with the different shape.
A couple of carrots, just for checking for wedging effects. There we absolutely none, it cuts just as well as my laser nakiris, though worse than my Birgersson short gyuto.
Corn cob: I think it would do great here, and really wanted to try, but chickened out and used a western chef knife instead. I don't want to give @martinhuber another heart attack
Would I buy this knife? Yes, absolutely. Just check how good it looks on my magnet:
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But another question is: When would I reach for this over my other knives? I'm not really sure, will need to use it a bit more. Stay tuned.
@martinhuber I will return it Wednesday to the address on your business cards. I guess I'll be using DHL rather than Danish Post