Thanks Dave. Good info. Looks like I need to stay awake when I get off in the morning to make some calls. Jon's in Cali, isn't he? Ugh, I hate dealing with time zones..
I have used both a Gesshin Kagero and a Blazen recently, and I didn't notice any significant bias (less than a lot of typical gyutos) that would make it unfriendly to wrong-handed people. These were the first PM steels I've sharpened, and I have to say I was shocked at how easily they both took a great edge. Don't even consider sharpening issues when deciding between these and other knives, you won't have a problem.