Tojiro DP Paring Knife 90mmhttp://www.chefknivestogo.com/todppakn90.html
I purchased this primarily to get a feel for VG-10 steel. Most of my knives are softer German steel so I'm trying to get a feel for the different options before I spend a ton on more expensive knives. It's also my first Tojiro so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.
Packaging: Included box is quite sturdy and knife is shimmed to prevent damage during transport. Instructions are in both Japanese and English, although the English is barely recognizable as such.
Fit and Finish: Overall a fine knife. Quality is above average with no glaring flaws. The scales could see some improvement; fit isn't perfect. But are perfectly serviceable. The only real complaint here is there was a burr on the right side of the choil that is sharp enough to draw blood when I scratched the skin accidentally. I hit it with a little wet/dry to knock it down and now it's fine.
Blade: OOTB The edge is quite sharp although I did detect a slight burr left from the factory grind. Made a mockery of Tomatoes, baby cucumber and paper that threatened it
One cucumber that was sitting in the back was almost frozen and this one was a bit more difficult to cut through, perhaps "Sticky". (I made all the same cuts with a similarly sized Wustoff paring knife for comparisons)
Over all first impression is quite positive. Seems quite a value for $39. When I get more use out of it, (In particular, some actual paring use and a sharpening session or 2) I'll follow up with a more comprehensive review.