This is one of the most beautiful knives I have, period. I haven’t had the balls yet to use it (also needs sharpening before use, even scarier!), so this post will just be full of praise about the looks of the knife… I will use it eventually and get back with more details!
A link to this knife review has been posted on KKF (click here).
The blade – This month I got one of the new Kaeru blades that have been introduced by JNS. These knives have been pretty hyped up on KKF, and are relatively cheap, so I had to check them out. I have no idea why they are called Kaeru (蛙; apparently ‘frog’ in Japanese), if anyone has any clue I am more than happy to hear it!
The line of Kaeru knives currently consists of a 90mm paring knife, 150mm petty, 270mm sujihiki and a 210 and 240mm gyuto. Because I like smaller knives and only had one 210mm gyuto in my collection (I know, it’s sad really), I opted to go for the 210mm gyuto. The price of this knife is 125 USD (ex. VAT) and unfortunately does not qualify for free shipping (add a JNS 300 stone or Kaeru pairing knife and it will ship for free).
In 2017, I bought a little damascus gyuto made by Yoshikazu Ikeda (sharpener unkown to me). It is around 205mm along the cutting edge and 42mm tall. I had it fitted with a beautiful ringed gidgee handle from Cody Paul (can’t recommend this guy enough). After some use and two sharpenings, the knife looked like this: