Based on the feedback, the Takeda 240 will go around. This is going to be limited to a passaround in the USA unless there is high interest from multiple people abroad (as of yet, there is not). Also, this is not a rare knife so hopefully the overseas folks have neighbors with a Takeda.
1) You should be a regular poster here
2) Package it properly and get it to the next person. Insure for $300
3) You may sharpen the knife if you know what you're doing. Based on the edge retention of Takeda's Aogami Super, I doubt it will need more than some stropping. Try not to reset the primary bevel unless there is some horrible chip. When the passaround it done, I plan on reprofiling the knife to make it look more like a tall Japanese gyuto. The profile on my particular specimen is not ideal, but hey... that's what I get for asking for an extra-tall. It ended up with a fat belly.
4) Even if I'm going to reprofile this, please use it on rubber (Sani-tuff) or wood. Do NOT chop on polyboard/plastic
5) Post on this thread when you receive the knife to keep us up to date as to where it is
6) Keep it for one week and pass it on.
So far, the interested parties are:
Pleue - Portland, OR
Cclin - Carlsbad, CA
Don Nguyen - AZ
Bkultra - Chicago, IL
Stereo.pete - Chicago, IL
Dardeau - New Orleans, LA
Labor of love - location unknown
Chinacats - location unknown
I'm sending it to the West coast to have it makes its way back East. Any more interested parties can post here.