I finished these first 3 in stainless today, I'll get some pics in the morning, i'm pooped. I will say i'm pretty pleased with the natural bubinga, it is dense and heavy so the knives balance, it buff finishes well and does not require any further treatment, it holds its finish well and does not dull or stain if it gets wet. Just need to find a regular source now as I have a feeling I was lucky with that lot at the price I paid.
I did some sums on time saving, whilst i'm not sure it saved as much time as I wanted, it will only get quicker. A few different cheap grinders set up differently will help down the road.
To keep this line utility aimed, I have decided to relax the final finish ever so slightly. The finish is still very good I would say, but they will be a step down from a custom.
So, the heat treat and grinding process are the same as mono custom. Including hand finishing the bevel on the stones before hand rubbing, these steps are important to performance.
The spine and choil will be rounded, but not as high grit finish, for example the spines will be finished off the belt to 200 grit, the choil will have a nice smooth carbide tool finish but not fully hand rubbed.
And the faces hand rubbed to 320 grit rather than to 600. 320 grit looks really nice when its done evenly. So some further small savings on time and abrasives to allow the price to be a bit keener and production a little slicker.
Im not that keen on putting actual prices in threads as the are then stuck in time and can be confusing or annoying later on.
But for comparison at my current pricing in stainless a custom runs at £12.27 per cm, that plus shipping, paypal fee and the cost of your handle block.
At the moment I will run these with "house" handles stainless mono at £10 per cm plus shipping and pay pal fee. Though I'll review it after I've got a system down a bit more. The Nakiri's will be a bit different as the grind and bevel finish is more involved and time consuming. Though I may do these with as nice and even as possible belt finish in the hollows and the bevel taken to a mirror finish on the stones, would be nice contrast, would not effect performance and could save plenty of awkward hand finishing in the hollows. I'll do one and see what you think.
I will price everything off an exact measurement off the blade, so the 240mm one is 245mm, the 270mm is 265mm.
Anyway, these will be in store tomorrow and i'll try and get some good pics etc.