So after a full day of back and forth dialogue with the USPS that was full of untruths and wrong tracking information (delivery attempted at 7:59 PM?! Notice left... but where?!) the package arrived! I opened the box to find a cool soft case that I proceeded to unzip. What lay inside sliced through my expectations... literally! The knife actually cut through the cork that was supposed to protect the tip and the case that it was in.
Initial impressions on aesthetics and comfort of the knife exceeded expectations! The ironwood looks and feels warm and inviting, the choil and spine are eased perfectly to allow for a very comfortable grip, and the heft of the knife is something I didn't expect, but was pleasantly surprised with. I could use this knife all day, even if I had cuts or blisters on the points of contact from hand to blade! The Martell etch looks even better in person than the previous pictures suggest.
Took the knife to work today and gave it a run through the daily mise and made some interesting discoveries! Will elaborate on these impressions after tomorrow; today was acquaintance/getting comfortable with the knife day, tomorrow will be more prep intensive and allow me to give it a fair trial run! In the meantime, to keep you at bay, here are some pictures that don't really do the knife justice, and a poor quality cell phone video
*Please ignore the whiny background music (not my choosing), the strange cinematography (I hung the phone off the pass) and the lack of knife skills