Artifex came in a couple days ago. Verdict?
Exactly what it is advertised to be. Indeed there are no frills. This is a well made (in America) Gyouto which is really sharp out of the box. Handle fits just like my Henckels I have used for 30+ years. It is light, well put together and makes really short work of anything you put in front of it; beef, vegetables, poultry all are dispatched effortlessly.
I am a prep chef; "knives" supplied by my employer are a joke. For work I don't require some Kamakaze blade, hand-forged over a sacred fire blessed by a Holy Monk, and accompanied along with its own "display rack". Nah...I need one that cuts quick and true, easily maintained, and more easy to re-hone. It is anything but a kitchen trophy.
I may buy a Tojiro, Hirohoto, or Tamahagane just because. But it won't be to replace any of my current quiver of blades. Truth be told a Richmond "laser" knife may be under consideration as well.
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