No, it's legit, not Chinese made. Shimatani knives are on the inexpensive side of high end.
The vendor (Metalmaster) has been known for
Hello again, I know it's been a while since I asked this question. I had to drop the idea but am now looking again.
I still find that
I am new to the forum but not for Japanese kitchen knives - I have a big collection which I will happily share one day.
I would do some research first as retinning is expensive IF you can find someone to do it.
While discussions about steel are interesting, its the maker's reputation, that drives the cost of a knife. Knife makers try to differentiate their product