Yes, I'm talking about the Takamura R-2. I'll show it in the video, but the handle/bolster is definitely slimmer on the Takamura, which effectively makes it seem just a bit taller than it's ~45mm height. If you have large hands the HAP40 has a more substantial handle/bolster and an overall slightly heavier feel. The Takemura feels more nimble and thin - because it is
, but it's a little more flexible blade than the HAP40. Compromises, compromises
. If they ever roll out a Takemura R-2 240 Gyuto, it might just be "watch out Kikuichi TKC"
Umberto - Westmalle Tripel is wonderful, as is Tripel Karmeliet and lest we forget Brasserie Rochefort Trappistes 6, 8 & 10. So many great Belgian beer styles and beers.
Ah, the Masakage Kujira - I had to at least take it for a very short test drive. A couple of large onions and a couple smaller sweet potatoes. I was rewarded with testing a VERY nice performing knife. It's a departure from everything else from Masakage that we've seen through CKTG - in a good way. The Kujira is a very intriguing knife line - I'll leave it at that for now. Stay tuned for the Quick Look video