XYJ Stainless Style Damascus Pattern Chef's Knife Review

XYJ Stainless Style Damascus Pattern Chef's Knife Review

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Takeaway: Good balance and handle comfort, sharp for smooth slicing on boneless foods, durable metal.

The chef's knife measures 12.75" with an 8" blade and 4.75" handle. The widest part of the blade is 1.75". The knife is weighted slightly towards the handle and weighs 6.75 oz overall. The literature says the material is Japanese VG10 steel, but it's marked on the side as 7Cr17MOV, a common Chinese low-grade steel. While it has a decent hardness rating that allows it to hold its edge for a long time, it makes it more difficult to sharpen as well.

Identical laser etched wave patterns appear on both sides, called a Damascus pattern. The etching is not very deep and is barely visible, so it doesn't look as stark as acid washed or pattern welded steel. The Damascus pattern, however, complements the woodgrain in the handle, which has a dark walnut finish. The spine of the blade is not visible throughout the handle so it may not be a solid piece throughout. The knife has a partial bolster which lets you sharpen the entire length of the knife blade. Without a heavy heel on the blade, though, you won't be able to do heavy chopping, cut bone, or cleave through pumpkins and things with hard shells. The Japanese style knife has a straight blade which limits the amount of rock available for mincing and chopping. However, the knife is excellent at making thin delicate slices.

The blade is sharp out of the box. The knife makes quick work of prepping vegetables, fruits, and boneless meats. Corrosion resistance is decent, and it doesn't rust.

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