Hi gang, just thought I would share some thoughts on the knife I just won from the Cheftalk Tag drawing. You can see the company specs here: http://www.newwestknifeworks.com/store/fusionwoodknivesitem/chopper
Ok, just to get this out of the way. It's pretty, I usually have issues with pretty knives cause that almost instantly means to me that it has to be a bad knife. I am going to say that for this knife being pretty is just a bonus.
When I got this knife it came with a leather sleeve over the blade (nice) and a little card from the company with a warning saying it was extremely sharp. Oh really? well after a little thumb test of the edge, it does feel sharp. A quick pass along the edge of the warning card and a little curl of paper is indeed drifting to the floor. Hmmm, quick pass on the forearm and I have a small bald spot, a close shave. Take it to the kitchen and quickly julienne carrots, dice an onion and start shaving a potato into see through pieces. This knife does come sharp, real sharp.
Aside from being pretty and pretty sharp, it's comfortable. the handle is long enough for a good grip, it has a full tang and feels well balanced and light in my hand. I really enjoy the shape of the blade. This knife is about as close to owning a Santoko as I wish to come. The difference being it has a point and the curve of the blade lends itself to a rock chop fairly well in spite of the shortness of the blade (5.5"). With alot off smaller knives I usually notice a little sideway flex in it when chopping or cutting through thicker veges. Not so here, this knife stays straight and true and even laying it sideways and flexing off the tip it didn't budge.
Overall I have to say I like this little knife and would suggest it to anyone interested in a good knife for Pantry work.