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Asai PM Damascus Paring Knife (Petty) - 3 in. (75mm)
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Fun little petty / paring knife   
Matt  Pittsburgh, PA  12/14/2014

I snagged this knife and the corresponding 180mm gyuto at the same time. They're absolutely gorgeous and have a beautiful damascus finish. Out of the box, the petty actually wasn't particularly sharp but I gave it a quick sharpening session on my Edge Pro Apex to a 13.5 degree double-sided 50/50 edge. I use an AngleCube to set the angle on each stone in the progression, all the way down to a .1 micron finish. For reference, the full progression is Atoma 140 -> 400 -> 600 -> 1200 diamond plate stones, followed by Shapton Glass 2000 -> 4000 -> 8000 -> 16000 stones, finally finished on .5 micron CBN-loaded balsa and ultimately .1 micron CBN-loaded nanocloth strops. The SG2 core steel sharpened quickly and had no issues taking this edge and in my time using it thus far, is retaining it very nicely as well. More importantly, the grind on this knife is spectacular. It's already pretty thin at the spine and gets extremely thin well before the actual edge. As a result, the knife handles as a laser in practice between the grind and its feather weight. It's too small to use for very many board tasks (though it can handle tiny jobs like slicing a lemon in half just fine), but it shines used as an in-hand paring knife. If you're looking for a Wa-handled petty / paring knife that is very pretty to boot, this is an excellent choice! I only docked one star because my particular knife has the blade about 10 degrees rotated relative to the handle. In practice this isn't very noticeable looking at it unless you look down the length of the knife and doesn't effect usage either. Also since these are made by-hand it's likely this is just a quirk of my particular knife and others don't have this issue.

Dick  MN, United States  12/25/2010

I have the 7 1/2 gyuto, Nakiri, and this knife now. I was unsure how the knife would perform with such a large handle. I've been very surprised. The Wa style allows me to position the knife at various angles and achieve a nice grip in any of them. The handle size was not an issue either due to its shape.

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