Yea, it's pretty pricey.
Thats a great idea, I'll bring this up to Ms. Kawano. :D It might have to be in June when Mr. Sugai comes home so he can do the uraoshi process on the knife, but I will keep you posted.
I was gonna say you can see the price tags on the first pic. I love the cover and how this knife looks. Hope there is a pass around that would be sweet.
I like the look of the light colored buffalo horn instead of the traditional black. Kind of a bummer to not have a choice unless you hand pick it out, but that's a great excuse to go to Korin to hand pick! The shiro ichi is White #1 correct? Sounds like those knives would be incredible!!
Yup! It won't be for a while, but I found some things I could pick up. Oh, and don't think you are weird for admiring and staring at the knife. I do the same with some blocks of burled woods!! They just sit on a shelf and I stare at them. Can't bear to cut them up for a handle yet!! And I just ordered 9 more pieces of wood. Yikes!