|Comment: I bought this knife to be my "knock-around" salmon knife; an easily replaceable knife to take to work for bi-weekly salmon prep. I favor this over the Masahiro yanagiba (also a very good knife)I formerly used for the same purpose. I find it a good, basic blade. Kigami steel is certainly not shirogami, which is why I don't give an excellent rating. I highly recommend Masahiro carbon to folks looking for an entry-level Japanese knife. My very first carbon knife was the 240 Masahiro virgin carbon gyuto. Their MBS-26 steel is very forgiving to one learning how to care for carbon blades. I also highly recommend KnifeMerchant: excellent product selection, and exquisite customer service.
Anthony, Lancaster, PA