That one is a Kikuryu, but it doesn't look like that anymore, there was a bad batch of wood, and it had to have the handle remade, which was a shame because
I know this may be a long shot but better trying and succeeding than not trying and failing for sure!
Looking for a Western Twistington-handled
What country are you in?
What type of knife are you interested in
Some really nice ones out there. That said, I paid $69 for the honesuki from the original older series... Just shows that I am old, I guess.
If you do end up sanding it, please post pics of the finished product. I would like to see it.