Thanks (I think?)... couldn't do it without the BST sellers and makers putting some real bangers on the market at silly prices though!Curious what you make of this one. You have such a knack for great buys!
First impressions - it's lighter and thinner than I usually go for but not at all delicate. More of a normal, well rounded profile than my last Markin and very neutral, natural balance right at the pinch. Simple but pleasant handle with really nice shape/taper. Banding has awesome detail and the heavy etch should keep reactivity minimal. I may experiment with flitz or stone powder/etch cycles to see if I can achieve a brighter finish that still makes the banding pop.
Performance out of the box suffered from a mediocre edge. I stropped quickly on my Gesshin synth nat before dinner prep and it felt good but not fantastic. Wouldn't mind a little more distal taper for something in this weight class. But later on I was able to spend some time properly sharpening from 2k up to a Belgian Blue and put an absolutely nasty edge on it which improved test cuts massively. Further testing needed but it's feeling promising!