Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

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Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

Post by ken123 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:07 pm

I misplaced my Tojiro honesuki. Not that the Tojiro is a bad knife, but I wanted to upgrade to a white or blue steel blade. I spoke to Mark and he recommended this knife to me. I got it and wanted to do a preliminary review.

It is a pretty knife. It does have an oval handle. I prefer d or hex handles but an oval handle is certainly not a problem.

It is sharp - easily push cutting. Looking a bit closer, you can see wavy lines on the blade edge and the final edge bevel is not perfectly symmetric with a slightly widened bevel near the heel. This final edge is a bit coarse for my tastes.

Do I care about this? No not really. I sharpen for a living, so tuning this already sharp edge is just pleasure for me. The knife is very comfortable to hold and, given the white #2 steel, I fully expect this knife to get VERY sharp.

I give it a full 5 stars and I'm happy I bought it. I'll include a few pictures next.

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Re: Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

Post by Stnakamu » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:50 pm

Nice knife how’s it cutting?

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Post by ken123 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:09 pm

Thank you. It's cutting very well. Still have not sharpened it yet. I expect it to get sharper after sharpening.

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Re: Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

Post by gladius » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:58 pm

ken123 wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:09 pm
I expect it to get sharper after sharpening.
Haha...quote of the day :)

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Post by Robstreperous » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:46 pm

That does indeed look like a nice blade. I've been dithering over whether to upgrade my (Richmond) honesuki for a while now.

Any concerns about white steel on a blade that's going to be working joints and bones and what not?

I'd only been considering AS or some of better stainless blades.

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Post by ken123 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:21 am

I think white steel is a bit more robust for harder work (theoretically).

I used the knife today to cut up a casava melon. Very clean cuts.
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Re: Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

Post by lsboogy » Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:55 pm

I have an old Richmond Laser AS honesuke that I absolutely love. Did 60 chickens with the thing today - no touch up needed - it handled the task with ease. One of the knives I wish Mark would sell again. Great for a high volume kitchen - one of my better purchase from this site.

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Post by Robstreperous » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:07 am

So Ken. I went ahead and pulled the trigger (see other thread) and picked one of these up. So far I've only used it to segment some wings - they surrendered without much of a fight and I appreciated how nimble this knife is with respect to my trusty Artifex.

That said my observations are in line with yours.

- Even with just the OOTB edge it's a very sharp knife and man can it cut.
- The OOTB edge needs work though. Under magnification there were a number of rough and uneven areas. Kind of made me wonder if it might only have been belt sharpened. ** but it's sharp and it will definitely cut.
- I've only stropped on balsa and nano so far and it sharpens easily. The rough areas mentioned above from the factory sharpening are gone. The waviness and uneven areas are not.
- Like you I'm a little surprised by the uneven finish on the bevel, wavy and in areas right vs left are definitely not symmetric.
- It's an attractive knife.
- I want to pay a little bit of attention to the insertion point of the blade to the handle. It's tight and extremely well finished. I'm wondering if it might benefit from wax or a little nail polish.

If it was a more expensive blade the bevel finish issues would bother me. But in reality? I know I was going to tune the edge to my liking anyhow so who really cares? Plus based on how easily it stropped I'm not expecting any issues. Given how great the other Anryu knives I've owned are I know this is a quality piece of work.

Think I'm going to try finishing this on that Takeshima you sent me a while back with maybe a couple of drops of .75µ.

Still clueless what I'm going to do when inevitably I scratch the damascus.

Haven't broken down a bird yet but at $110 for a legitimate for business honsesuki I'm feeling it's an awfully good value and a pretty nice knife. I use my honesuki a lot and I know this one's certain to become my go to.

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Re: Anryu Kurouchi Damascus Honesuki 155mm

Post by ken123 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:00 pm

Great review! Thanks. If you run into any refrinishing peiblems in the future, I'm just a phone call away.

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