The knife arrived to western Europe 1 week after I placed the order, very well packaged. The knife looked exactly as on the website. The fit & finish is rather rough. I sanded here and there and I had to straighten the blade. This was very easy and what I expected I would have to do. It is as they call an entry level knife. But to fully enjoy the knife you actually need some skills and stones. I sharpen my knives myself and started my "fetish" a few years back. European knives at first, then ali express (still not my cup of tea), and now Japanese knives. This is my second Japanese knife and first nakiri.
The grind is concave (hollow) and one bevel slightly more so than the other. The grind is also extremely thin (laser) behind the edge. So thin that I was scared to chip it by just looking at it. This however made for an awesome cutting experience. The knife just fell through a pepper!
I must say that the profile was a little off: at the heel there was about 1 inch of the blade that was about 1 mm short. This only bothered visually, I still corrected it though. Now the blade is a little bit thicker behind the edge, but also more robust, and it still cuts like a laser. I also oiled the handle. It is D shaped for right handed people and very comfortable. The balance is right where it should be, right at the front end (tip end) of the small engraving.
I bought this knife from musashi because I like their mission.
I really like this knife, but don't you expect a knife that doesn't need work (if you want a perfect knife). It is like the old days: it is made so the owner can put it's own touch to it. Don't get me wrong: it performs very well out of the box, but better after some tlc.
Very well done Musashi (actually the maker) . 😊
I haven't enough experience with the knife to judge the forge and heat treatment.
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