We have a WINNER folks!
The wa version will have the same exact blade shape/profile - just with a smaller tang.
The blanks (all gyutos and sujis pre-ordered) will be ordered to be cut by tomorrow. I can't wait to get rolling.
For you guys who have pre-ordered I have some Stefan supplied wood on hand that you may be interested in selecting from, a few pieces of stabilized koa and some premium ironwood burl blocks. If you're interested please let me know and I'll put it aside for you.
Dave, if the ironwood burl is as nice as the recent Hiro-rehandle, i would like to call dibs.
"Experience" is what you get when you don't get what you want.
I just found out my friend is giving me a referral fee for generating him some business. It's more than enough to cover the deposit on a suji and now I'm seriously considering it. Gotta love it when "free" money falls in your lap! Now I just don't know if I want to go with a wa or western handle.
I'd love to see pics of those blocks as well.
I'll take some pictures and get back to you guys.
PS @ so_sleepy - it's way better ironwood burl than you may have ever seen. Yeah - that good + expensive too!
Here's what I've got, all from Stefan.
*Note - The speckles on the whitebait piece don't run all the way through the block.
I don't know what the wood on the large (unlabeled) top block is (help Stefan) but it's got some serious 3D effect with depth like I've never seen.
Last edited by Dave Martell; 04-14-2011 at 06:42 PM.