Remember, I think his name was Charlie, who I believe went by Vermont Cook, on ITK. He'd order top end knives and quickly turn around and sell them at deep discounts. He purchased a Nenox kirituke liked it so much, that he ordered a custom one from Konosuke. Before the order was completed he changed his mind, and no longer wanted it. He sold a it, at a deep discount. The kiritsuke was so new that Konosuke shipped it directly to the new buyer.
NO ChoP! If your concerned about the Moritaka problem. Have Mark ship it to Dave. If there is a problem, return the knife to Mark. You may be out shipping and what ever Dave charges, but at least you avoided the problem.
By the way, I have a Moritaka kiritsuke. I prefer flat edges and wanted something with an aggressive tip. Since it was going to be used on the tougher jobs in the kitchen, the Moritaka problem wasn't an issue for me. The kiritsuke has been a nice compliment to my cleavers.
While there is a certain charm to a Takeda knife with the kirouchi finish, the price versus the competitors is getting out line. A cleaver for $550 or a honesuki for $299.