Another one ups the price (Misono)
I almost bought a Misono swedish 210 gyuto last night from Korin (because they hadn't raised prices yet and the 210 at CKTG has that ugly flower engraving), but they gave me a ridiculous shipping quote to Hawaii. Instead, I was going to call their service dept this morning and ask if they'd ship via USPS, but when I double-checked their site today, *BLAMMO* instant 65% price increase. I knew Koki had raised prices, but I guess I haven't been paying enough attention.
I almost settled for getting the stupid flower one from CKTG, but then I remembered Korin also sells though Amazon... I got lucky - they hadn't changed their Amazon prices yet, so I was able to buy one at old price with decent shipping :) but it looks like that loophole has been closed. Now CKTG is the only source for cheap Misonos, but I doubt that'll last for long.
I'm excited because Misono has one of the narrowest and flattest profiles, somewhere between a regular gyuto and a thick suji. And I've always thought they make the best-feeling handle of any mass-produced yo-gyuto... but I'm a little worried about reactivity, since the first J-knife I ever bought was a Misono swedish 180 gyuto which put me off carbon for a while.
Some people say it's not that bad, and others say it smells like a tire fire (actually, I think I said that :p ) but I've begun to suspect reactivity can vary greatly between individual knives. For instance, IIRC Jon said the Konosuke HD is more reactive than Aritsugu A steel, but I've experienced the opposite. Anyone else have a carbon knife whose patina/reactivity defies common-forum-sense?
We'll see... if worse comes to worst, I'll hang onto it until CKTG raises prices, then sell it for a profit (Dave, we need a devil smiley)