My new Tojiro arrived today!
Thanks again Mark!
Just thought I would post some first impressions and then a review later after I have used it a bit.
For full disclosure to those reading that do not know, I did not buy the knife. I won it in a giveaway : free-giveaway-t4413.html
Not sure that it's important info to know, but just in case it matters to someone, there it is. lol
Ok, that out of the way, here goes...
First off, this knife is heavier than I expected. Not terribly heavy, and probably not as heavy as some fully bolstered German knives, but the weight is noticeable. It feels pretty well centered around the bolster, so the weight should not be an issue. It just threw me a little bit after using a wa handled santoku for a while now.
Secondly, I was impressed by the edge ootb. It is shaving sharp, push cuts paper, and looks fairly refined. A few swipes on my strop and it was slicing paper towels with ease. I have seen where Tojiro knives are supposed to be hand finished, and I think it shows. It it a VERY good edge for a mass produced knife and extremely functional out of the box. I didn't have to strop it, but I just wanted to see if it would give it that little extra it needed for the paper towel and it did. lol
Lastly, this is a very good looking knife in person. In the photos it looks like any other production knife, and maybe it does look like other knives made in the same fashion, but it has nice smooth lines, clean transitions, and is an all around handsome blade. The lines where the cladding stop and the edge shows through are straight and set it apart from similar looking mono steel blades. Maybe the only negative is that it holds onto fingerprints... but then that's only an issue if you fondle your knives like I do... lol
So all in all while I might prefer a korouchi or similar rustic finish and wa handles if I were to buy a knife, this looks to be an excellent knife and a great value for the money. If I were to get this as a gift I would be ecstatic... technically you could say I did, and I am! LOL I also would not hesitate to give this knife as a gift either. Well, I'm keeping this particular knife, but you know what I mean. I don't see it disappointing the receiver of the gift in any way.
That's the end of my initial impressions after looking... ok... fondling the knife a bit after I got home from work today. I'll make another post after I have had a chance to use it a bit and give my opinions of how it performs. Given how thin and sharp the blade is, I don't think it will disappoint.