My parents lives about a thousand miles away from me and we see each other once or twice a year. They came to my place few days ago and were impressed by my growing collection of knives and new handles. So they asked me to buy and rehandle a knife that they are going to present later to a very respected old woman.
That woman is a very wealthy person and has everything that a person might ever needs. But they decided that handmade knife with a handmade handle would be a pretty special present. So I have time before September to buy a knife a complete rehandling. My knowledge about that woman are very limited, however I do know that she cook herself, so this knife is going to be used and abused like most knives on Russian kitchens. At least that's my assumption. I have no idea how it will be sharpened, but I could probably write down some advices about how to care for the knife and include it with the present.
So I'm looking at shorter knife 150-180mm petty/guyto/santoku/funayuki in stainless and with damascus cladding. Western or WA handle. Upper budget limit would be somewhere around 400$
Ideally I'd grab something like this Mr.Itou knife
but those are sold out long ago.
Another interesting option is Yoshikane SLD petty or santoku
Is there anything else similar to the those above?