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Mercer Culinary Japanese-Style Pointed Sashimi Knife, 12"
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2011
I'm a sushi chef and thought I would give this knife a try. It arrived sharp as a razor blade and holds it's edge like other cutlery that I have spent 4 times as much on. For the money, you cant beat it. I will be trying other products made by Mercer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
This is a very nice knife for the price. It comes sharp out of the box. It does a nice job on fish slices, but I think it would be a little sharper to cut through rolls. If you are cutting rolls, wiping the blade with a moist towel after each cut makes it much easier to cut the entire roll smoothly. I would say that it would have been great if it came with a knife cover or sheath, since it is a very long, sharp knife. The wood box that it comes in is nice, but it is a bit bulky for storage. Also, keep in mind that the blade is only sharpened on one side as true sashimi knifes are, so a regular knife sharpener that sharpens two sided blades should not be used on this knife.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
I just got this and have only used it one day. But the steel is definitely top notch so far, a little hard to clean I got the longer yanagiba, but a wet towel then paper towel does the trick. It floats through the fish I cut with no snags at all the fish barely moves. Normally my razor sharp santoku or deba will drag the fish with it.

The handle is not sealed I will probably polyurethane it for water resistance.

For 30 bucks this is a no brainer it's easily worth 70 to 80 and I'm a cheapskate
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
It's an okay starter knife, though like most stainless knives, it loses its edge quickly. If you're just getting into sushi, then this is probably your best bet, since the initial sharpness is decent, it's easy to take care of, and you don't have to worry about rust. But if you're experienced, or even semi-experienced, and are prepared to take on the responsibilities of owning a real Yanagi, then invest some money for a higher quality, sharper knife - and stay away from stainless steel.

The knife is good, and well-priced, but no comparison to one of my high-carbon knives (which range from $200 to $600).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2013
This does not have the bulk or the single bevel cutting edge of a "real" yanagi sushi knife. However, it is an excellent slicer and will give you the feel of a longer yanagiba if you haven't used one before. The thickness is probably close to a fugubiki. Either way, you can see if you dig a knife like this before taking the price plunge on the real deal.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2013
Great knife for the price. I am the Assistant General Manager at a Japanese restaurant and I use it everyday. It came very sharp out of the box and holds its edge. Now it's no shun but for under fifty bucks I would buy it all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am pleased because the item was shipped quickly, performs like a sharp knife should and was priced right. I would recommend to anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
blade seems that it will hold it edge well. but will update this after some time, so don't take this too seriously yet. Also important is how well it will hone after some time. but expect way more time for a review on that.

the handle is a very cheap and rough untreated wood. the red cardboard that cames holding the knife in place stained the wood grain to an ugly pink. but washing with soap and hot water fixed that. now i have to figure out how to treat that handle correctly so it will last and be confortable to use.

weight is just about right. altough i fell it could be a little heavier on the handle. for the price, not much to complain really. As the other reviewer said, when the time comes to buy other styles, i will surelly include this brand on the research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2014
This is a really big (long) knife
Maybe if I had held it in my hands I may not have gotten this one, and opted for a smaller one
However this is the one I got. my fault for not understanding the description
Pay attention people, this knife is a foot long!
Its one heck of a knife, and comes pre sharpened
I bought this for my wife's mothers day gift, she is getting into making sushi
The blade was a bit long, but it is sharpened on only one side of the blade, like a proper sushi knife
The wicked blade slices right through her rolls. With our other knifes the slicing would crush and mishape her rolls
But with this big knife the rolls come out much better
I got her a bamboo cutting board and she uses the blade once a week (use wood, don't cut down on a plate or metal if you like the blade)
Had it for a few weeks and she likes it
I like it too, just a little big at a foot
but it cuts through the thickest rolls with just one pass ;)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2012
Got this knife and use it for months.
Totally bang for a buck.
Compare with traditional handmade in same size.
This knife almost lighter than half of weight.
I can say it's light and fast.
Hold edge well and easy to touch-up sharpening.
Look like not easy to get rust.
Come with wooden box and made in Taiwan.
Over all it is worth for money.
I use it make Sashimi, a ton of slicing fishes.
Cut like hot knife trough butter.
Great price for it's class.
Come with razor sharp, be careful!
Best recommended.
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