Nojiyama Marunaka Blue #2 Review

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Infrared

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Kind of surprising to see such a large, high performing knife like this going for under $200. The way it just drops through onions is quite impressive. One of my favorite blue #2.

Thoughts and Observations
  • The front (tip?) could be a little thinner. I can feel it hesitating every now and then, but nothing too serious.
  • One of the larger handles I've seen on a knife.
  • Very easy to sharpen and probably the most aggressive blue #2 steel I've used.
  • Steel kind of reminds me of Kuwabara white #2.
  • Seems pretty stain resistant. Some patina on the right side, but not much else.
  • Average food release.
Measurements
Length: 230mm (Nakiri)
Height: 56.8mm
Spine: 4.6mm/2.3mm/2mm
Weight: 239g


Cutting Performance
Potatoes: A
Onions: A+
Carrots: A-


Steel
Edge retention: 3+ weeks (Daily home use, large variety of vegetables)
Toughness: No issues (I'm heavy-handed)
Ease of sharpening: S
Edge taking: S
Initial sharpness: A+


Geometry
  • Concave hira.
  • Subtle, convex kireha.
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