You are right, it is tight. Already wrote an Email to Hamono (see first page). It's the best price I found so far and the reviews online are quite good.
I really dig this story and happy ending. Thanks for sharing and you Rock bud!
Happy Birthday to ya Hoss!!!
Just wanted to add a little to this thread. I got the knife back in pretty good shape. Not too much wear and just lost a little height from the blade.
270 WA Gyuto for 200€? What about a white2 Ashi hamono? Price with shipping should be around 161€, adding 19%import vat and 8.5 tax rate for kitchen