I've no clue how to post a photo here but for anyone who likes to follow up and learn how a new knife inquiry turned out, I wound up with a Watanabe kurouchi
Update, everything seems to be fixing itself out. No scam. I understand that it's probably a huge pain in the butt to ship back to china and back to me.
I've got it almost put back together, just need to air up the tires.
Used a fair bit of vg10 before trying out carbon (blue#2 and aogami super), had no issues with it. No burr problems and the only chipping came from me