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    I've been shipped knives declared at 400 US dollars and I didn't take a hit (at least not yet). This has happened several times. I guess I've been lucky.

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    Having had many items shipped to me from all over the place, there's only one pattern I can find when it comes to items coming over the border via the postal system. Random luck-of-the-draw on the non-business-like packages, and unerring accuracy on the ones that have a business name on them.

    I've had only one smart customs officer check online to verify (and correct!) the value of an under-declared item. It was an unmarked jnat in a package with the Japanese vendor's personal name only... so I think there's at least one officer in Canada Customs who is knowledgeable about knives and whetstones!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kartman35 View Post
    My google research tells me that duty on a Japanese kitchen knife to the US is 15%...Can any Americans confirm this or tell how much duty/taxes they pay when they order from someone who puts actual value on the customs declaration?
    More research has found that US gov't charges 6.1%, not 15% import duty on foreign kitchen knives. Just wanted to correct my error.
    http://www.dutycalculator.com/popula...kitchen-knife/

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    Just wanted to update this thread, noticed recently that Subaru on rakuten global are shipping international now. They've got pretty much every Masamoto and Sugimoto product in stock. some of the prices are as much the same as most places. But the Masamoto gyuto (KS, SW and forged KS) and pretty much all sugimotos (except the standard cleavers) are very reasonably priced.

    I ordered an OMS6 and an HM petty, took a couple days to get confirmation that my package has been shipped and it was all in Japanese, apart from the tracking number, but only took 4 days in transit (over the weekend), maybe 8 days all up?

    They do declare full value on their packages so might cause issues for UK or Canadian buyers. But worth a look, I'll probably give them another go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKerr View Post
    Just wanted to update this thread, noticed recently that Subaru on rakuten global are shipping international now. They've got pretty much every Masamoto and Sugimoto product in stock. some of the prices are as much the same as most places. But the Masamoto gyuto (KS, SW and forged KS) and pretty much all sugimotos (except the standard cleavers) are very reasonably priced.
    Subaru's store is pretty interesting,I never knew Masamoto made cleavers

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    Yup. I think Chen Kenichi used them for a little while on Iron Chef. Andy tried one a while but but never took to it. Cant remember what model it was but I think he felt it was just a touch too thick and heavy for a slicing cleaver but not quite there for a chopping cleaver, kinda in no mans land. I guess you could be confident the HT would at least be good.

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    Ive been looking for a 165mm KS petty for ages, This might be my ticket..

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    any possibliity someone could post a link to this subaru store?

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    thank you good sir.

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