I bought this about a month ago in unused condition for $650. I used it for maybe half an hour of light prep/performance testing. Touched up edge lightly on Red Aoto to see how it feels on the stone. Incredibly impressed by this knife. We all know Rader knives are pretty but I must stress that this knife is a very strong performer and is begging to be used and appreciated. I just don't reach for 240's and am finally coming to terms with that fact.
I do get a little nervous when using knives over the $600 mark so I am very open to partial trades on this one.
What I like to use. Gyuto's with edge length from 250-270mm. I value grind quality over any specific steel or handle type. I also have a slight fetish for 170-180mm gyutos or 'travel knives'. Big fan of the old 'Je ne sais quoi' which this Rader has in spades.
Sorry, no lasers or Katos.
Open to any maker from the forum especially Mario, Marko, really any of them.
Non Forum Makers I find interesting would be Heiji, Shigefusa and maybe Watanabe etc.
I love surprises but please don't assume I will know the value of the knife being offered.
Sorry for phone camera pics. I will try and track down some better shots of this one.
Thanks for looking!