Misen Cook Sharp Knife

Misen Cook Sharp Knife

Misen is a New York (Brooklyn) based start up that recently rocketed in to the limelight with their incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign - they wanted $25,000 and they got over $1m.

So what's all the fan fare about?

Well, they are offering to mass market a chef's knife for $65 that will compete with the likes of Shun, Global and Wusthof - for which you'd pay at least $150 for a similar blade.  We've already heard from Kenji over @ Serious Eats:

That's right, $65 for a knife that can go head to head with my $180 Misono UX-10 or my $120 Wüsthof and come out the other end barely breaking a sweat.

This is a guy who knows his stuff, is pretty much impartial as far as we can tell and is one of the few people to have had hands on this impressive sounding bit of kit.

And that's what it's all going to come down to - how it feels like when you have your hands on it. The most important part of choosing the right knife is how it feels in your hand, the weighting and balance. 

The specs certainly sound good: AUS-8 steel, 15 degree edge hone, and a full tang (from what we can see).  Ultimately though, you shouldn't be committing to your one true chef's knife without getting your hands on it first.  The trouble with this Kickstarter approach is you will need physical outlets to carry the knife/stock so people can try.  Sure $65 isn't a great deal for a lot of people, but others will be put off if they can't try (and let's face it, we hate returning stuff to Amazon) it first.