I loathe mark, but frequent his forum from time to time for a good laugh.
Wow I never would have thought Knifewear would carry this line. Good for them.
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Kevin from knifewear just tweeted about the stainless takedas. must be true.
Never dealt with Kevin, but I've used a few knives that came from him. His products are great, and he seems to have a very good following. I think I'd like the guy.
As for Takedas, I've now had many in my hands, and once you get past the goopy epoxy, they're pretty special knives. Definitely not for everyone, but still very very nice. I think a stainless clad option might fill the hole that will be left by Hiromoto in the future.
I've owned one. There were several things I liked and disliked. The kicker was when I was testing the blade for flexibility it stayed flexed. I mean the three inches or so between my thumb and index finger near the tip stayed at a 20 degree angle.
I promptly sold it. That was probably 4 years ago. Don't really know if it was a lemon but I've been biting my lip ever since.