everyone here regards Jon highly. and he's very knowledgable about the other brands and can and will give you good advice. he's pretty much handled every knife in the market as he himself is a knife knut. and aside from the fact that he sharpens and sells knives for a living.
From what I've been reading, it seems like the Gesshin Ginga is very well regarded around here. What others should I be looking at? I know people have said to call Jon at JKI to get some recommendations (which I will do), but I know he also doesn't carry all brands.