Here is Mel's 240mm Hiromoto AS gyuto that just went through a full refurb. Somehow he scored himself a real thick version (even thicker than normal I think) of this knife and this obviously bothered him enough to try to thin it himself with stones. He sure did a lot of work on both sides to make it better but in the end he sent it over to me to get trimmed down. So I thinned the blade and then etched it for effect.
Also, Mel had a rehandle coupon that he needed to use so he cashed it in on this knife. I installed some dyed maple (scored from Burl Source) with G10 liners and nickel silver pins.
I think this came out pretty nice and hope that Mel feels the same.
Thanks for your incredible patience Mel.