For those that venture outside of Japanese-made kitchen knives, you need only scour the internet for a few minutes before you eventually come across the brand Dao Vua. Who are they and why have they taken the internet and market by storm? The story of Dao Vua and their kitchen knife price point is really where it begins.
Here is the short and dirty version of their humble beginnings, which you can easily find online. Dao Vua knives are handmade in Hanoi, Vietnam by barefoot Vietnamese bladesmiths, using recycled materials, from what they call leaf spring steel. At the price point of these knives, they are seriously impressive from build to sharpness. Though, they may not be for you if you struggle to take care of your knives. Being carbon steel even if with a kurouchi finish, they sharpen easily, but also oxidize easily so care should be taken to maintain a dry knife.
One of the main reasons you see and hear a lot about Dao Vua, is because not only do you get a good looking knife with a cool story attached to it at a reasonable price, despite being a start up of sorts, they have listened to their customers and adapted.
Enter Version 2 Dao Vua knives, also simply known as V2. In the V2 line, Dao Vua has been careful to include better crafted handles, thinner and sharper blades, refined the knife style to more generally look like a Japanese kitchen knife and fewer inconsistencies in build fit and finish. If you are looking to pick up your first Dao Vua, we highly recommend you pick up a V2 over a V1 so that you can see and feel the difference.
The honesuki, is the Japanese equivalent of a Western poultry boning knife. Its spine is rigid, its k-tip allows for precision cuts and its acute but tough heel allows it to easily push through cartilage as you are taking apart your bird. There is no question, if you are even remotely thinking about getting into chicken butchery, get a honesuki before you regret it and you'll never use anything other than it ever again.Steel: Leaf Spring
- HRC: 60
- Edge Length: 150mm
- Height at heel: 41.6mm
- Spine thickness above heel: 2.64mm
- Weight: 116 grams
- Handle: Rosewood and Padauk
- Shape: Honesuki
- Finish: Kurouchi
- Cladding: N/A
- Construction: Monosteel
- Knife Line: Classic V2
- Maker: Dao Vua
- Place of Origin: Vietnam