After reading this post, I contacted Del about putting together a knife for me. In the discussion I let him know that I'd be interested in a monosteel knife and Del had no problem with this. We discussed profiles and I ended up sending him a Carter and my ITK as references. He isn't going to copy the knives but plans on incorporating the cutting features in the new design. Also, it isn't going to be a laser, but it will still be thin. Del knows now that I want it a laser in the last third of the blade, but regular thickness in the heel and middle. After reading posts from people the consistency and quality of the grinds of him knives we never an issue, rather it was a fundamental design flaw that was an issue. My new knife will be a 240m gyuto. Del assures me that he will maintain his high standards on fit and finish. All this for $450! I'm so excited!