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 Post subject: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:40 pm 

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After a week of using this knife, there isn't much more to say than this is one ass-kicking mofo of a knife. But, before I get into the personality of the blade, I'll run through some specs:

Probably larger than 240mm. I'm thinking maybe 245mm with a nice weighty feel (maybe mid 7 oz). the edge profile is really something incredible. Good sized flat section at the heal, with the most minute taper towards an up-swept belly at the tip. This thing is awesome with virtually every cutting style. At first, I wasn't a fan of the belly at the tip, but in fairly short order, I found the sweet spot up there about 3/4 of an inch back from the tip and now love using it for smaller chopping on scallions etc.

Fit and finish are, as to be expected, impeccable. The handle is a bomb-proof ho wood and is perfectly flush with the ferrule. All the contact points have been rounded/touched up perfectly and the neck has a beautiful curved taper leading into the handle which makes holding this knife in a pinch or racquet grip very, very comfortable. Balance point is right on a pinch grip. Kanji is also very cool as well and blends graceful curves with aggressive slashes and really evinces the character of the knife itself.

The craftsmanship of the blade is what is really remarkable. There is subtle convexing leading into the grind behind the edge which is absurdly thin (so thin that it wants to stick into the board if you get too aggressive with a chop). Everything transitions so flawlessly on this knife it is almost unbelievable that it is hand forged.

Out of the box edge wasn't terribly sharp, but it was easy to bring the thing to an 8K edge which it has held beautifully to date.

So far this knife hasn't found an ingredient it doesn't kick the shit out of. It destroys even very dense ingredients with incredible ease and grace. Very little effort is required to make this knife do what you want it to. If I were to compare this knife to an animal, it would be a Mako. A fast, efficient killer who's beauty is derived from the purpose for which it was made.

Not surprisingly, this is by far the best knife I own and it's really not even close. Here is an example where a $300 price differential from my other knives does indeed provide a superior experience that is tangible to the user pretty much immediately. I'm excited to continue to use other knives, but I'm fairly skeptical that I will find another maker I enjoy as much as Shigefusa. This knife was worth every penny for me and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering something in this price bracket.



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:24 pm 
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CHIP <> #1) And most importantly, where did you get it.?!

#2) Kiyoshi Kato & Teruyasu are your next...



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:26 pm 

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Japan Woodworker. Was a pretty good deal. After shipping and taxes came in ~$575



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:27 pm 
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Yeah. I watched it over there, and watched it go out-of-stock... you were the culprit. :lol:



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:29 pm 

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Yeah, I think it was the last one they had in current stock, but looks like they have more set to arrive by Aug.



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
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Yeah, I've itching to try both. Been following what you and Jeff have had to say about the TF's Nashiji gyuto. Looks like a seriously awesome knife. I'm beginning to be of the opinion that there is no such thing as too many gyutos in block :)



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
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And quasi-shamefully admit to drunkenly placing an order for the 210 Kato on CKTG last night... I wasn't planning on grabbing one so soon, but vodka and knife porn seems to be a pretty dangerous combo for me. Thinking about banning knife related activity on the internet after 10pm....



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:49 pm 
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How that Kato hadn't sold is beyond me. It was there for almost 6 months, and I can't tell you how many times I almost bought it... I just have no use for anymore 210's.



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
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Melampus wrote:How that Kato hadn't sold is beyond me. It was there for almost 6 months, and I can't tell you how many times I almost bought it... I just have no use for anymore 210's.



Really? Damn.. semi-custom handle on that knife for that price seemed like a pretty good deal comparatively. And I hear ya on the 210 front. That was the only misgiving I had as I do really like my Shimo in 210 (not to mention TKC in 210) which is scheduled to get a custom handle from Tim put on it.



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 Post subject: Re: Shigefusa Kasumi 240mm Gyuto
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:55 pm 
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Handles mean jack shit; the blade is the value, and that blade sat there for half a year.



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