I am brand new to the forum, so I have been spending the last week or so reading all the past threads and posts. While I was reading a few names of makers came up and one in particular jumped out at me. I couldn't quite put my hand on why that name was so familiar. Until today.
You see most of my career I have used antique and vintage chef knives, original Sabatiers, Joseph Rogers &Sons and hundred year old Henckels. I loved them because they where carbon steel and individually handmade and sharper then anything I could find. The only thing that I knew about Japanese knives was that they looked weird and were hard to sharpen. One day about a dozen or so years ago I was doing a craft show and met some Japanese tourist who were looking at the hunting knives I made for a hobby. (old ground files and antler handles, hell, i even made some handles out of rib bones.) They liked the primitive look of then and told me that their brother was a knife maker in Japan and that he was trying to get into the US market. We talked awhile and I decided I would help out by buying some of his knives. I bought a set of If I recall 5 or 7 of his sushi knives for like $150.00 which at the time was a lot of money to me. I was in between gigs then. Anyway, about two months later I receive a package in the mail from Japan, which I had totally forgotten about. I open the box up and wrapped in beautiful handmade rice paper were these paper boxes and inside were these pretty little handmade kitchen razor blades.
I was immediately intimidated by them and vowed that I would never use them until I could sharpen them and take care of them properly. Unfortunately it wasn't very easy back then to find good waterstones or even anyone in the states who knew anything about these types of knives. There was no Kkf. So, I put then away and forgot about them for 12+ years until today. Unfortunately I can't for the life of me remember where the hell I put those damn knives. I might be sitting on a fortune somewhere or not. I don't think they were his custom pieces just his everyday stuff. The maker of the knives Shinichi Watanabe! Yeah right!
What I want to know is have any of you guys ever lost misplaced, forgotten where, had stolen or otherwise destroyed one of your edged treasures. This way I don't feel so bad for misplacing and forgetting where I put mine. In my defense I did have a stroke a while back not that that is an excuse.lol