for those of you that have gone through having a western handled knife converted to a wa, please share your results here.
takayuki grand cheff 240mm western gyuto. my very first j-knife purchase. at first i was elated at how sharp this damn thing was, it still takes the best edge out of all my knives. but eventually i grew tired of it, wasnt happy with the action as the profile was very western, i didn't like that it was narrow and it was flexible, plus the edge retention is not very good and the finish is so polished that everything sticks to it (especially red onion and potato). so i decided to pass it along as a gift, but before doing that i wanted to get it rehandled, and i thought, hmm maybe i'll try wa handle.
so i commissioned taz575 for the work. black ironwood, forget what the ferrule was.
here are some pics:
top knife is a MR first gen addict that's been heavily thinned down and re-profiled which i use daily as my laser (yes you read that right, lol). bottom is the grand cheff in stock form.
closer look at handle:
he's currently working on converting a brand new masamoto vg 240 for me in all dymondwood (can't wait!)