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    The original owner of jww seemed to do okay with shigs but the company was bought last year by woodcraft and the folks handling the knives are not particularly knowledgeable. They were sending some folks over, so I was told, to hang out with the Shig folks but I didn't hear anything after that. I would think that Shig would be very interested in this knife so if you have the time you could try to get those pics to them.
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    One of the better stores out there, great for shigs. I'd buy from them without a second thought.
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    Japan Woodworker was acquired by the woodworking chain, Woodcraft, a while ago. I'm not sure how this will affect their knife selection. I'll say that I purchased woodworking tools from them many times in the past. It was nice to do business with a mom and pop store. Their service was great. I've had not such great experiences buying tools from Woodcraft.

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    Too bad, now I feel I should have bought more from them... My local Woodcraft is o.k. -nice folks - but the selection is far from exotic.

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    I purchased from the site prior to the acquisition and had absolutely no problems. Not sure about it now, but I do know that they keep sending me catalogs.

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    I picked up my shig pre-acq - my only recommendation woutld be to call to check on inventory for what you want. I know a few people who ordered from them and they were put on the waiting list but JWW still took the money upfront for a web site order.

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    Just a little story: When one of our KKF guys on the waiting list at jww decided to pass (it was taking about a year to get your choice of knife) I was next on the list. So Elaine at jww calls me asks if I'm interested. She also said that the funniest thing happened: After she talked to the first guy, she got like 40 calls on the knife and she didn't understand how this was happening - haha - and I told her that he posted on KKF about the knife being available
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    The quality of their tools is OK, and it's also an OK place to get stones, but prices are skyrocketing IMO. some planes have gone up 50% from $500 to 750 and similar story to their premium chisels. But they have a good selection of pull-saws and random things ex bonsai shears you will have trouble finding elsewhere. The gem of their collection IMO is the natural finish stones.. they're calling awase-to. I got the grade 5 (not the top) and it's ridiculous for knife sharpening. It's too soft IMO for woodworking tools though, except just for a very light polish. Excellent mud, great if not superb for kasumi polishing. And kasumi stones can get pretty pricey!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepCSweede View Post
    I picked up my shig pre-acq - my only recommendation woutld be to call to check on inventory for what you want. I know a few people who ordered from them and they were put on the waiting list but JWW still took the money upfront for a web site order.
    My understanding is that JWW requires payment up front but guarantees the price at that point. Personally, I prefer that over being charged market price when the knife comes in. I'm eyeing that 210 KU nakiri myself.

    More to the point, I just bought a couple of chisels from them, had no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth View Post
    The original owner of jww seemed to do okay with shigs but the company was bought last year by woodcraft and the folks handling the knives are not particularly knowledgeable. They were sending some folks over, so I was told, to hang out with the Shig folks but I didn't hear anything after that. I would think that Shig would be very interested in this knife so if you have the time you could try to get those pics to them.
    +1 JWW used to have a small shop in Alameda (near San Francisco but other side of the bay for those not familiar with the Bay area). They had some pretty knowledgeable staff and an eclectic inventory of higher end woodworking gear and some kitchen gear. The owner retired and sold the store to Woodcraft this last year. Now they're purely mail order but Woodcraft is keeping the JWW brand alive as part of its group of sites/stores.

    I went into their store probably 10 years ago and walked out with a Shig Kitaeji mioroshi deba. Knife guy back then in the store knew his stuff.... Now, based on a phone call a few months ago, not so much. No knock against them, woodcraft staff are usually pretty knowledgeable about woodworking products, but the knife side of JWW's product line is new to them.

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