I'm planning on ordering a Marko Tsourkan 225mm gyuto, and sending a Masamoto gyuto 240mm to Marko for a rehandle.
I will probably have some wood pieces shipped to Marko for those knives, but I'm having a hard time deciding which wood and handle style to pick.
For the Masamoto, I'm not sure if I should look for a D-shaped handle, or an octogonal one. But I was thinking about an ebony handle with a metal spacer at both ends - that style:http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6151/dsc1297.jpg
Do you have an opinion regarding Marko's D-shaped or octogonal handles? What would you go for, for a Masamoto 240mm gyuto?
Also, do you think that a D-shaped with ebony wood and one metal spacer at both ends would look good? I love how it looks with the octogonal handle, but I'm having a hard time trying to imagine what it would look like...
Then, for the Marko gyuto, I'm looking for a D-shaped handle, but can't decide what kind of wood to go for... Mark from Burl Source suggested that I go with a medium color. Any opinions on what I should look for? Or on a particular piece of wood?