B_D_L presents his opinion as if it's fact, but it's just one guy's opinion. <shrug>
Of course my opinion is an opinion, I didn't think it needed a disclaimer but if it does: My opinion of the Hiromoto did not come to me from letters written on a wall by a flaming finger. It is a product of my experience.
That experience consists in part of several years on the line (a long, long time ago), including working as boucher
(which meant among other things that I sharpened every frikkin' knife in the kitchen); a couple of years of my own catering company; and teaching cooking and knife skills for charity. While I certainly don't know all there is to know about knives and using them, there's enough there to count for something. Take it for what it's worth. The same with my opinion.
My first Japanese knives were Hiromoto AS, two gyuto and a suji, so I do know a fair bit about their performance. I bought them with an eye towards replacing my carbon Sabatiers as everyday go to knives. But after a few months with the Hiros, I realized the Sabs were better in my hands and on my board than the Hiromotos despite the Sabs' need for nearly constant steeling -- partly for the reasons I gave, partly because the Sabs suit my particular action so very well, and partly because (as I learned from the Hiros) san-mai knives feel "muted" to me
on the board.
My wife, who does not have the same level of technical knife skills (for instance, no pinch grip) but who is a very good cook in her own right, preferred the Sabs as well for their more comfortable handles and better feel on the board.
Anyway -- and still in my experience based opinion -- making a good recommendation is usually not a question of finding the "better" knife, but more about matching a knife to a person. That's why I try to give some context and explanation instead of stating a bald opinion. It's a great knife, period.
Now I'm confused. Is that opinion or fact?
- Is the Hiromoto AS really so good that it's fair to call it a great knife without any qualification?
- Is it really great in every respect?
- Is it better in some ways more than others?
- What about the AS makes it a great knife?
- Do you believe there are better knives than the AS?
- Which ones?
- In what ways are they better? And,
- If other knives are better, is the AS still great?
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