Not surprised at all. Japanese TV is pretty goofy.
Frankly, I'm amazed this Shig is still available.
Certainly it's very technical. The very problem is the bolster, remove it without compromising the blade is very difficult, but the other work not me
+1, I really dig my watanabe pro 180 nakiri. The standard handle feel nice, but I can see that a new handle would make the knife shine.
Here's a description of a Tosagata knife from Japan Woodworker, where I've bought several of these. Incredible knives for the money. They are reactive,