Review: DaoVua 240mm Gyuto

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I bought this piece completely on a whim from cktg because I was ordering a new stone after dropping my old 5k grit stone and cracking it into many unfortunate pieces. This gyuto is Vietnamese made in an extremely unique hybridized western/japanese style. the handle is made from unknown materials or at least unknown to me and is sort of a mish mash of a western, octaganol, and d shaped handle. The steel is 5160 recycled leaf spring steel, it is a monosteel construction with KU finish. the blade shape is very similar to the old sabatier knives with a pointy triangle shaped tip with a french style belly and is advertised as a gyuto. let me start off with some of the features that many reviews I have seen have gotten caught up on. My fit and finish was far from perfect, The handle was actually constructed much better than I had anticipated however there was epoxy drip from the tang junction, the epoxy was not sanded even with the top of the handle, I had a small bump on the spine, a pock mark near the logo and my grind was a bit wavy. Out of the box sharpness was probably a 2 or 2.5. This isn't a knife that you take out of the metaphorical box (as it actually didn't come shipped in a box), clean and take it against onions. Now on to the positives. This knife was $65 USD. I had 220 and 600 grit sandpaper and other than a few scratches on my KU finish all the other fit and finish issues were basically taken care of within 10 minutes. I took out a 400 grit stone and really worked on reshaping that edge, then took it up on my other stones to 6k and stropped it and it is shaving thin. Its a bit of a rough and tumble knife it wont have that mirror polish or flawless F&F that a more expensive piece will have but realistically after half an hour of love this knife looks as nice as something like my moderately cheap yamashin santoku that was twice the price. I took it to onions carrots celery even some chicken and its edge held up and am bringing it to work today to handle all of my prep and service just to put it through the wringer. If you're someone who is looking for an interesting style of knife, a bargain, or a knife to learn how to sharpen carbon knives with or even a knife you want to refinish this is a great value for the price. If you're someone who doesn't want to worry about the gamble of what will be wrong with this knife or not someone who likes fixing imperfect things when they are brand new then its probably an easy skip. For me it was a fun project for a night and I ended up with a knife I feel like performs as well as others twice its price so I'm pretty happy with it. I would guess on mine hrc is about 61 or 62 but I haven't tested it but my heat treat seems pretty consistent all the way through. Apologies for the lengthy review but I wanted to be thorough with my analysis as this is a highly debated knife in other reviews. Thank you all for your time.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to review the knife and describe what you had to do with it.

Did you happen to take before and after pictures?
 

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Do you think this would be a good knife to practice thinning on?
 

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Thanks for the review. I had one, I thinned it out and it cut really well. I ended up selling it to support my knife habit. I kinda regret that one, but I have steel in the shop and plan on making my own version.
 
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Through my recent adventures I have acquired two knives from the DaoVua masters. I found the DaoVua Leaf Spring Tall Petty while scaling the Fanispan mountain during the rescue of a duchess kidnapped by the one eyed evil mastermind Sotu. The other, pipeline steel steak knife, given to me by the direct descendants of the Nguyễn dynasty for guarding their children at day care. I can tell you these knives, as beautiful as they are, do suffer flaws and are not worthy of my quiver. While preparing foods for my beautiful harem, I've found that the black stain on these knifes release onto my perfectly harvested onions dug from the soil of volcanoes of ancient lands of the gods. This is a no-go at this station! Barkeepers helper wiped them clean and they now serve as a back up to my much more worthy steel. However, they can be used for a shiv to mark your enemies hearts with the black stain to match their souls.
 

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I recently purchased one of these leaf-spring gyutos, not so much to add to my quiver, but to use as a practice blade for sharpening. I think the original review is spot on. It's certainly not refined, but for $65, it's an interesting knife.
 

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I also just ordered one of these to practice my thinning and sharpening. The goal is to determine if a need a new stone between my 120 flattening, 800, and 3000 grit stones. I can always take it to my Gen3 Wicked Edge but the goal is to improve on my hand sharpening.
 

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I have the Dao Vua leaf spring bunka which I also bought as a practice sharpening mule. The price has gone up since I bought mine and at current prices I think their value is a little marginal. QC is definitely not a strong point on the examples I've seen. I would be surprised if the HRC of mine is above 60. For a bunka my example has a crazy amount of belly. I don't regret the purchase but prospective buyers really need to understand that these fall into the project or practice knife category. For those than can afford the price step I think the Tosa made knives are a better investment.
Apparently these are crazy cheap directly out of Viet Nam but they don't ship orders for one or two, however, they don't, or at least didn't, require a purchase of hundreds either so a small group purchase might be an option.
 

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Well said. I will be surprised if the quality is anything above a project knife.
 

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My 240mm arrived today and I'm surprised that the blade is straight, decent grind, and overall the construction is very good for a $65 project knife. It certainly will benefit from a touch-up on the stones but overall I'm happy. I'll see how the edge lasts but it will serve the purpose as a sharpening practice knife.
 

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I bought this piece completely on a whim from cktg because I was ordering a new stone after dropping my old 5k grit stone and cracking it into many unfortunate pieces. This gyuto is Vietnamese made in an extremely unique hybridized western/japanese style. the handle is made from unknown materials or at least unknown to me and is sort of a mish mash of a western, octaganol, and d shaped handle. The steel is 5160 recycled leaf spring steel, it is a monosteel construction with KU finish. the blade shape is very similar to the old sabatier knives with a pointy triangle shaped tip with a french style belly and is advertised as a gyuto. let me start off with some of the features that many reviews I have seen have gotten caught up on. My fit and finish was far from perfect, The handle was actually constructed much better than I had anticipated however there was epoxy drip from the tang junction, the epoxy was not sanded even with the top of the handle, I had a small bump on the spine, a pock mark near the logo and my grind was a bit wavy. Out of the box sharpness was probably a 2 or 2.5. This isn't a knife that you take out of the metaphorical box (as it actually didn't come shipped in a box), clean and take it against onions. Now on to the positives. This knife was $65 USD. I had 220 and 600 grit sandpaper and other than a few scratches on my KU finish all the other fit and finish issues were basically taken care of within 10 minutes. I took out a 400 grit stone and really worked on reshaping that edge, then took it up on my other stones to 6k and stropped it and it is shaving thin. Its a bit of a rough and tumble knife it wont have that mirror polish or flawless F&F that a more expensive piece will have but realistically after half an hour of love this knife looks as nice as something like my moderately cheap yamashin santoku that was twice the price. I took it to onions carrots celery even some chicken and its edge held up and am bringing it to work today to handle all of my prep and service just to put it through the wringer. If you're someone who is looking for an interesting style of knife, a bargain, or a knife to learn how to sharpen carbon knives with or even a knife you want to refinish this is a great value for the price. If you're someone who doesn't want to worry about the gamble of what will be wrong with this knife or not someone who likes fixing imperfect things when they are brand new then its probably an easy skip. For me it was a fun project for a night and I ended up with a knife I feel like performs as well as others twice its price so I'm pretty happy with it. I would guess on mine hrc is about 61 or 62 but I haven't tested it but my heat treat seems pretty consistent all the way through. Apologies for the lengthy review but I wanted to be thorough with my analysis as this is a highly debated knife in other reviews. Thank you all for your time.
Nice review. Thanks for sharing
 

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solid review! I have seen them on ck2g and sharp so i was wondering if they were really worth being in the same line-up. would love to see some before/after pics to really see what all you've done and had to do.. might be a good Christmas idea for the less "knife lovers" in the family? maybe?
 
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