Pros: Overall Quality, Design, Sharpenability, Sharpness, Construction, Material Quality, Durability
Awesome Every Day Use Knife
A few weeks ago, I felt that it was finally time to start my own quality kitchen knife collection. I am a pretty big knife geek who owns many quality pocket knives and fixed blades but I was yet to acquire a good kitchen knife set. Shun has a great reputation for quality and this knife truly lived up to that benchmark. The fit and finish of this knife is above and beyond, it is truly a superb knife to feel and hold. The balance is right on the first finger where it should be and Shuns signature D shaped handle feels nice. The bolster, tang and handle meet up perfectly for a smooth, seamless transition. Now on to the blade. At a first glance, this knife is absolutely stunning on its right face with beautiful detailing along the top and a mirror finish along its perfectly ground single bevel. The left face is not quite as showy as it features a vertically ground concave surface. This does not look bad by any means but is definitely not the high polished spectacle of its opposing side. Picture a full flat ground Spyderco finish if you are familiar with the brand. As good as the knife looks and feels, it cuts even better. There is definitely something magical about a single bevel knife granted you are a right hand user (lefties will not be able to use this blade properly). The knife came about as sharp as could be and cuts with an unparalleled level of precision. I am very pleased with it. Things to note: This is a pretty hefty knife as far as kitchen cutlery goes. If you are not familiar with the Japanese naming convention, Debas like this are for breaking down large fish so do not expect the thin slender blade of the European style chefs knives. My calipers measure the blade stock in at around 4.7mm which is definitely thick. This thickness causes the knife to be a poorer choice for things like apples which will split a bit when cutting. This being said, I find the weight of the knife due to its thick blade to be very satisfying in hand though some might find holding it tiring over time. As I mentioned earlier, this knife is designed for breaking down fish. However, I have gravitated to it for many other cutting tasks from vegetables to sashimi. I find it to be a quite versatile mid sized kitchen knife for a wide range of cutting needs. I think it is also worth mentioning that this knife is not a "cut and chuck into the sink" kind of blade. VG-10 is a great steal and I would never have anything really bad to say about it in my experience but it is much brittler than the German stuff most of us are used to and it will chip if not treated as the quality piece it is. I hope this review was as helpful as it is wordy! Happy knife hunting!