O man, I wish they made these knives in at least 240. That is awesome, I did that once with a yanagi and it was my favorite knife that wasn't a beauty queen.
I'll keep you posted.
Speaking of cheap ways to improve appearance, I copied Dave's trick of etching the blade on my Hiromoto 240 AS. I used vinegar; I'm not sure what Dave used. Best 10 cents I ever spent on a knife. His pics are WAY better than I could do:
My Moritaka lost its kurouchi and became very reactive and the only way I found to combat that is mustard force a patina.* Your knife looks beautiful polished just be sure to dry it immediately and oil it before storage.Makes me want to polish my Tojiro and see whats underneath.
I imagine the vinegar would just cause a ton-o-rust on this blade, right, because it's not stainless clad?
I think the Hiro is stainless clad, but not the Tojiro. I won't be putting vinegar on the Tojiro.
I put white distilled vinegar on the moritaka to remove the rust that was forming and applied more vinegar and let air dry. The result was a light patina and was rust-resistant.
LEAVE KUROUCHI ALONE!
I too would really like to know how reactive it becomes. Pics please!