The pictures of these knives on the web site just don't do justice to any of them. An absolute beautiful group of knives.
Trying to get to know 5 knives in a week can be a little taxing on a home cook but here goes:
Sukenari ZDP189: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/sudazdgy21.html
Awe the notorious Sukenari ZDP189. Very beautiful knife. I must admit I was a little intimidated but excited about this knife with all the buzz about ZDP189. The handle was a little short on this knife but nothing major, just something I noticed, very good F&F as I expected. Looking down the choil it looked like an excellent grind with a thin edge. It cut very well overall but my feelings were just kind of, eh. I can't say I had any real complaints about it while using it I just didn't connect with it, maybe because my exceptions were too high. There was minimal sticktion but nothing to get excited about. It would be a great knife for that person that is puts absolute priority on edge retention.
Hinoura Tamashii: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/hita24gy.html
A beautiful knife ootb if your looking for a kurouchi finish. It is a very even heavy matte finish. My wife commented on the looks of this knife as soon as she saw it, and she's not into knives. This knife has a very nice handle and F&F was as good as it gets. The grind is very thin behind the edge but thickens up considerably in the center of the blade. It cut very nice but I was disappointed in the obvious drag caused by the finish. I'm not used to this type finish so the drag might be minimized in ways I'm not aware of or it might wear down and cut smoother, I can't say for sure. The drag is the only complaint I had with this knife.
Itto Ryu hammered: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/ithagy240.html
The test knife had more of a polished finish with the kurouchi more in the dimples, a great looking blade. Very thin behind the edge with a nice but slightly heavy grind. Finally understand the comparison to the Goko and this knife is definitely more the workhorse being very blade heavy. It virtually falls through food with no effort. I doubt I would want to work at a prep station all day with it for fear of fatigue but this is a monster of a knife. The handle is oversized and placed entirely to close to the choil for a comfortable pinch grip. It has a bad gap around the tang, also it's that crappy chestnut w/cheezy plastic ferrule and begs to be replaced. If you can get past the handle a very good knife overall if you need a workhorse.
Kurosaki Megumi: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kumegy24.html
The first thing you notice is the absolute beauty of this knife when it comes out of the box. The F&F on this knife is impeccable, one of the nicer stock handles I've seen and the installation is near perfect. The spine and choil are nicely rounded. I Like the curve in the choil, it makes for a very comfortable pinch grip. This knife is very thin behind the edge and the grind is excellent. This is a blade heavy knife with the balance point at the front of the pinch grip. This is a definite workhorse. The knife cut effortlessly through everything I through at it. As with Adam though, I have my reservations about the VG10. If this knife dispels the reputation about the chippiness of vg10, this will be a must have knife.
Tetsuhiro hammered: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/tehawh1.html
Another great looking knife, average handle and good F&F overall. Has a good grind but sightly thick. The knife's White steel performed well. A few strokes on a strop before I started and a few strokes when finished and the blade was hair popping sharp. For those looking for performance and bling this one will fit. A good feeling and cutting knife in the middle weight category.