Gesshin Ginga 240 western honyaki gyuto w/white mycarta handle or gesshin hide 270 honyaki wa gyuto.
That black honyaki on the Nenohi home page looks pretty sweet!
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
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I'd probably have a long discussion with a customer maker about current collection and preferences...then tell them to surprise me.
Probably DT given my recent experience there....and a peek at some of his work in person.
Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.
i'd try to do some kind of full custom. konosuke g3 steel with DT heat treat, masamoto do the grind/profile, dave martell do the wa handle (treated cherry wood, mahogany ferrule)
250mm from heel to tip
So many custom makers here it would not be hard to do - well the choosing would be hard, but hey that's why they invented the quarter right? Heads 1 wins, tails 1 looses. Off the top of my head I can't see myself owning a $1500 knife although I own guitars and amps worth more than that. Hmmm . . . I'll have to rethink my priorities I guess -