I just saw this thread late last night, and have read through most of it. I'm interested! (I didn't read 100% of the posts, but read most of them.)
Any idea of the timeline of this projected, particularly with expected delivery? This is all new to me, so I have no real idea, and want to know how fast I need to start saving!
From my standpoint, once the price goes over $200, I start getting nervous. I'm willing to go higher, but I'll think about it more. I know that's not that much money for a bunch of you, but not that long ago, spending over $200 on a knife would have been unthinkable for me.
I'd also strongly suggest a no-handle and/or a potential custom handle option if at all possible. Lefty, I know your vision is for them to start the same. However, knowing that many people will customize the handle, it would be really nice to acknowledge that reality and make that a viable option. IMHO, it just seems wasteful, and unnecessarily expensive, to put on a perfectly good handle that is going to be quickly removed by a significant number of buyers. If that required a later, smaller batch, I would wait. Or maybe even have the option for folks to choose their own stabilized blocks, send them in, and have them used for the handles. I'm sure at least a good number would go with the standard handle, since a lot of thought is going into that and all aspects of this knife.
What about calling it the Forum Kitchen Knife? (FKK--better say that as letters rather than a single syllable acronym! ;-) "Forum" is a general word, and anyone talking about this knife is going to quickly mention KKF when explaining how this knife was developed, and that name's a sort of a play on that?
So, there's my input. I think this is a great idea and look forward to hearing more about it as the project moves forward! I also look forward to reaping the collective wisdom of so many people on here of designing a kind of consensus knife that puts a lot of great features together into one knife!