only time i ever soaked a jnat was to try and flatten it. had a brand new ikarashi so it had large bevels on both sides that need to be ground out.
it tastes better if you use a wedgie monster to cut them like a new takeda.
What's your opinion on the Kanetsugu Saiun http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/Sa...ies.html#Saiun
Man good luck with this. I want all the information if you manage to get one!
Looks and feels very similar to Takashima, but i would like to be sure