Odd, as normally you see "SOLD OUT" but they are just GONE.
Yeah I hear that. I am considering buying a sujihiki and am sure they were up last week.... Was leaning towards an AS!
This just in from Koki:-
Thank you very much for your new inquiry and interest.
We apologize for the availability of Hiromoto Aogami Super TJ-90AS Sujihiki 270mm.
Maker Hiromoto used to make Sujihiki knives in Aogami Super Series. But they already discontinued the Sujihiki items and Sujihiki items got completely sold out and out of stock before.
Mr. Nagao (President of Hiromoto company) is 75 years old. He is going to get retired in near future. Maker Hiromoto is already discontinuing some models (such as TJ-50AS Petty 120mm, TJ-40AS Santoku160mm. Once current inventory of TJ-50AS will be out of stock, this item will be completely discontinued. TJ-40AS Santoku 160mm already got completely out of stock.
We apologize again for the availability and situation of Hiromoto Aogami Super Sujihiki knives.
If you are looking for good carbon steel blade of Sujihiki knife, we can also recommend below items.
KAGAYAKI CarboNext Sujihiki knives at http://japanesechefsknife.com/KAGAYA...arboNextSeries
Misono Sweden Steel Series Sujihiki knives at http://japanesechefsknife.com/Sweden...ml#SwedenSteel
We hope you will find your favorite one and when you will have any questions, please let us know and help.
Thank you very much again for your new inquiry and interest.
Sorry for the delayed response, traveled to Georgia for business—and getting my fill of shrimp n grits. Lots of good info posted about sujis for this here lefty to ponder. During my time away from the computer I noticed that a Masamoto HC suji was up on B/S/T, looked like a good price on that one. At this point I'm kind of leaning towards the lefty Masahiro—despite the lefty premium on it.
Also, too bad about the Hiro AS being discontinued—such a cool looking blade.
After much hemming and hawing I decided to get the lefty Masahiro 270 carbon sujihiki—which arrived a couple of days ago. I've not had a chance to put it to good use, but really like the feel of it. It's a tad heavier [not a problem] than I expected, very solid. Dying to buy a chunk of tuna! Cheers to all of the advice from all of you. I've attempted to attach a photo—hope this works.