Through an unfortunate series of events (wife cutting a watermelon) my favorite Takeda got severly bent and eventually cracked by my attempts to straighten it. I actually teared up a little when I saw the break .It broke where the tang and blade come togeather. I didn't know what to do. There was no way I was going to throw a $300 plus knife in the trash. I used a band saw and cut it along the crack and TIG welded it back togeather using 316 stainless rod. I was really careful to keep the heat down. Since I have rehandled it and have been using it with no apparent side effects.
In retrospect I now realize I should have consulted you guys before I acted. I am wondering if I should have handled this different, or what other methods I could have used