Don't know if you remember me asking about a knife I was having trouble de-burring a few months ago, but it was the Kagayaki. Lent it to a friend who wanted to take a stab at it, and he disliked it just as much. Profile is nice. It's pretty thin, but has a few fit & finish issues (spine is sharp, scales don't meet the tang flush). I ended up giving the knife away. Although I don't have one, I think the CarboNext would probably be a better bet. If there's a way to convince your friend to go a tad higher, I'd go Glestain (or maybe wait for the korin sale). Or the Tojiro DP.