This review covers the Tetsuhiro Hammered 210mm gyuto included in the platinum member pass around. The product page can be seen here: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tehawh1.html
Again, thanks to Mark for making these knives available to the forum for review. I really am sorry about the tip on this one...
Disclaimer: this review is based on a single meal prep for a home user so please take this with a grain of salt. Since the itinerary for this pass around gives me five days with five knives I hope to dedicate one night to each knife. Accordingly edge retention is outside the scope of this review. Of the pass around knives this is the only one I sharpened in order to patch up a f-up. The knife took an amazing edge easier than most any other knife I can think of. Very impressive edge taking.
The first two knives I reviewed for the platinum member pass around were very good knives but they lacked in a cohesive and singular vision for aesthetic and performance. The Tetsuhiro is much more cohesive. The aesthetic is focused, complex, and interesting while the performance, in a surprising way, is very good.
My favorite knife, aesthetically, is the Anryu Hammered. This knife has a very similar look. Like the Anryu, the Tetsuhiro is hammered, and like the Anryu it is a highly refined baked on KU type finish. The Tetsuhiro's finish is a lighter gray, compared to the Anryu's blue-grey. The hammer marks in the Anryu are randomly placed, small in diameter, deep, and smooth. The Tetsuhiro's marks are shallower in depth, wider in diameter, more evenly spaced, and while the hammer marks are smooth at a distance there is a ring of sharp raised steel in the center of the hammer marks...similar to a high speed shot of a rock splashing in water, there is a sharp splash at the point of impact surounded by the wave produced by the impact. It is a very cool effect.
The knife has a nicely radiused spine and eased choil area. The one tiny drawback aesthetically is the handle could afford a bit of sanding.
Performance wise, the knife sharpened very easily. What stunned me the moment I picked it up was how heavy the knife is. It only weights 5.7oz, but it is quite blade heavy and feels heavy in the hand. The grind is...generous. Despite that the knife performs well. It is no laser, but it wedges much less than its girth would imply.
Overall the knife is a looker. Performance wise it is in a class with knives like the Goko, good but with the trade offs implicit in being a heavy. This is probably my favorite knife from the platinum member pass around so far, but there are two more to go, and I saved the knives I am most excited about till last...
Close up of the hammer marks:
Balance point, the knife is balanced on the cork:
I don't plan to use this knife again but I think I may do an additional entry on it later in the week. This knife begs comparison with a few other knives...we'll see if I have time.