My pain is your pleasure.
I just finished many days worth of work on a gyuto that went bad for me in the end. It appears that somehow I shaped the handle off kilter - not noticing this until I removed the painter's tape from the blade. I think that the blade being masked off threw me off and maybe I might have even mounted the knife into the block twisted as well but I'll never know.
After some thought I decided to try to fix the issue and didn't do anything more than make the handle thinner.
I knew right away that this wasn't going to the customer and designated it a 2nd quality piece.
Blade - O1 @ Rc60-61
Handle - Premium Koa w/African Blackwood ferrule
The African blackwood ferrule has little white spots/streaks in it that may be from my first attempt to fill the voids with CA glue. I'm not sure if that's the case or not but since they're mostly in the voids I'm making this assumption. I couldn't grind them away regardless so they're here to stay.
The handle is shaped comfortable as can be but is thin so if you like fatty handles you'll want to pass on this one plus it's off center of the blade. In the hand it doesn't give me the impression that this off kilter(ism) will be a problem but I haven't cut with it so no promises or guarantees are given on this being a problem or not.
The blade is finished to about 90% of my normal level, I just don't have the will to do anymore to this knife.
My Martell logo is not marked on this blade as it's a 2nd. I made the decision some time ago that I won't put my name on a knife unless it satisfies my current level of craftsmanship.
I believe that the pictures shown below represent the knife well so what you see is what you get, however, if you should have any questions please feel free to ask.
My current pricing on a 240mm gyuto is $499
I am asking $325 (plus shipping) for this one. Sold AS IS - no returns.
Please PM or email me if you're interested.