A ways back I mentioned backing the Misen Knife on kick starter. Figured I’d kill some time posting some pics of the thing. A crowd funded box of sharp seems like this joints sort of thing.
Contents There’s a goofy thank you note. The blade guard in its own package and the knife in its box. The box itself caused some contention on the Kickstarter. Because Kickstarter is weird. The first run on the box was apparently warped with moisture, enough to damage the knife. So there was a delay while they redid the thing. Angry backers were basically demanding the knife get dropped in whatever was available and sent out immediatly.
In the end the box is pretty intense for all that waiting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen nicer packaging on a production knife. Even the ones that come in cardboard gift boxes. I’m sure if you go for that wood presentation box shit, or something hand made you get some shamncy packaging. But this is pretty neat. Its dense card stock with a magnet closure. And a nice, fitted, dense, foam insert. Clearly intended for storage and or travel. Which is nice. I like to keep my nicer knives sequestered in their box. Away from where family members can destroy them.
The knife itself:
Its got a good weight to it without being overly heavy. Slight curve that runs along the full length. Heel to point.
Handle is a little bulkier than I expected. Which is good, I was worried it might be a little slight for me. About on par with typical western chef’s knives. Might not be up your alley if you have smaller hands, or like a delicate handle. The knife seems pretty well balanced, right around the integrated bolster. Making it very slightly handle heavy, which seems pretty typical in my experience. The handle seems to be where you can see the lower price on these guys. It is apparently a “polyacetal thermoplastic”. Not fancy. But whatever the precise material is its basically the same thing found on typical moderate priced or hard use knives. There’s some slight scuffs on the pastic material. And the fit between the handle material and the tang isn’t entirely flush. There’s a very slight but noticeable ridge where steel meets plastic. The big name knives (Shun, Henckels etc) I’ve handled are typically entirely smooth and flush on this front. Though this knife is still better than most in its price category. Its just a little slicker than the Fujiwara FKM I bought earlier in the summer. Though that’s Pakka wood rather than plastic. The FKM has noticeable grind marks on the tang as well,
Bevel/blade close up:
This right here is real nice. Few of the knives I’ve purchases have been so consistently ground out of the box, and those that were. Weren’t exactly sharp. The FKM for example, is nice and even. But not particularly sharp (haven’t got around to fixing it). Most of the big name knives I’ve used were some combination of poorly ground, or not as sharp. Cheaper knives are typically both (but I like them anyway because we can fix that). There’s a nice, even, fairly wide bevel along the end. Its narrows out very slightly toward the tip. And examining it closely there looks like there could be some also very slight “wavyness” to the edge itself. Little bits of unevenness, but with the naked eye I can’t tell if that’s a trick of the light. And it certainly makes dead flat contact with the board as you rock the curve along.
Overall finishing of the knife is as good or better than geek loved knives in the same price point. Though I’ve yet to use the thing.