As expected the knife arrived today. I'm very impressed. At first, my better half forbade me to perform quality assurance.
She calmed a bit after she had some wine and I let her know that we shouldn't give a gift without quality assurance. She grimaced and let me go ahead knowing full well that was not the entire story. I asked her to make the first cut on the carrot but she said I should go first; so using a pinch grip I ripped off 10 or so carrot coins and then handed the blade to her, which was probably a mistake. She does't really cook and therefore only uses knives to cut her steak.
She seemed so uneasy and held the knife so awkwardly it was almost painful to watch....but I love her to death anyway.
The knife is a good looking knife, despite the "normal" handle. Hey....don't forgot I just got my Konosuke Ginsan 210, so I can say that.
I will tell you, in my humble opinion, this is very impressive and it's an absolute steal for $155. I left a bit of the carrot and used my Takeda nakiri and have got to say, it seemed almost, if not equal, to the Takeda (granted the Takeda probably needs some lovin' at the moment).
What an awesome gift, I hope my sister-in-law appreciates it as much as I do giving to her. She is mostly vegan (sounds funny, right?) so we got her this awesome Konosuke and a book from Amazon called "Vegetable Literacy: Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the Edible Plant Kingdom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes". I happen to think this combo gift will be awesome.
As usual, thanks to the folks here for some guidance, and for Mark and team for the quick shipping. Since I'm from Chicago, Mark's package make it here in 1 day.
Todd in Chicago
P.S. Oh yeah, a few quick snaps! I really need to set up a much better camera set up. These are handheld from my Sony RX100.