- I get what you're saying and I agree that hand-made/hand-forged doesn't always result in a great or consistent product. I like "character", but I also really appreciate precision. The knife reviews/comments on CKTG and the wealth of info here gave me more confidence in selecting a hand-forged knife that should deliver the quality, precision, and character that I am expecting (I don't have it in my hot little hands yet
I don't think that I would purchase a knife like the Masakage Yuki from another vendor sight unseen.
That being said, most people that just want to get a knife that they know will be great "out of the box" are very well served by the consistency of more mass produced products. I was, honestly, pleasantly surprised by the fit, finish, and performance of my $75 Artifex 210 Gyuto. I'm recommending this knife to friends as I introduce them to the revelation that is J-Knife performance and feel.