Hey, folks. I've been reading for a while, but this'll be my first actual post.
I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel and the folks at EE for the great experience we had. My wife and I came in to the shop when we were in Kirkland visiting family. I had done my homework and narrowed down what I was looking for, but needed to get hands-on to really make the call. We looked at the knives I had picked out, but also a few others, and talked at some length about what I was after in a new knife. Long story short, he pulled down a different style of knife to show me that I hadn't considered, but it turns out was exactly what I was looking for. I ended up choosing two knives - the sabaki knife he showed me and a petty knife that both my wife and I liked the feel of - quite happily.
Because we were travelling, I had him ship the knives to me in Texas. The knives came promptly, with sayas that fit amazingly well, and in great shape.
Basically, it was an all around great experience. It's one thing to order knives from a website, but no matter how much you read reviews and opinions and descriptions, it doesn't beat talking to people who know what they're doing and getting a feel for the knives yourself.