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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    They are not easy to get and not always available
    Let them use musk ox horn or walrus Ivory then ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcomesback View Post
    Let them use musk ox horn or walrus Ivory then ?
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    Marie Antoinette bust portrait scrimshaw suitable sub for white horn. Heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    They are not easy to get and not always available
    That's what I heard. What about something in between, like a light brownish color? I've seen that somewhere and it looked incredible. Seems to be rather rare though as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alterwisser View Post
    That's what I heard. What about something in between, like a light brownish color? I've seen that somewhere and it looked incredible. Seems to be rather rare though as well...
    The Shigehiro ferules will always be somewhere in the white to marble to brown spectrum. The light brown definitely looks great against dark or light wood and it's been popping up more often recently. The primary issue is actually an overall handle shortage from a diminishing pool of handle craftsmen. To a fairly serious degree. Makers are having to pay significantly higher prices for any handle and that price goes up when they have specific needs. Additionally, handle orders have, I've been told, been taking up to six months for delivery to the maker. This obviously varies and there are still handles available but things are tight. I mean, I'm working now with a group wanting to import my handles to Japan that will likely end up on knives in other shops besides my own.

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    Went through 20lbs. of potatoes with the Shigehiro 240mms Kasumi gyuto and it is a great knife. Review to follow larger this week. Quick impressions;
    Fit and finish really good, on par with Shigefusa- but different.
    Knife is 52mm tall so it feels nimble in hand.
    The tip is usable, not stubby like some
    Doesn't seen reactive at all.

    I really like this knife.
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    Interesting. One of the details that has kept me from picking one up is that it's listed at 48mm tall at the heel, which is bit too short for my taste. However, 52mm height is a whole different ball park, and one that I can see myself playing.

    Sam, could you share some more info on this? Or did Mr Pesky just score a lucky one?

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    It is only 49mm at the heel after measuring...sorry.
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    Gotcha. A little crestfallen, but I'm still very much interested to hear your thoughts on this knife. Thanks for the initial impressions thus far!

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    You shouldn't be. This knife feels more like a Masamoto KS in the hand. The balance is superb, a little in front of the choil. It lacks that slabby feel you can get with a new tall Shige. The best knives I've used are always broken in, including Shiges. They've gone through some shapenings and hopefully thinnings. Other than a new handle, that's what this feels like to me.
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    Thanks for the feedback, El Pescador. I'm glad to hear that you like it so far. You're having a lot of the same reactions that I've had to the Shigehiro knives. There's definitely a "broken in" feeling about them, something like your favorite jeans or boots that after months or years fit you like a glove; but these knives have already taken those steps. Like I've said, I think these knives are something special.

    Marc, Kasahara-san is extremely consistent and I've yet to see any knife to knife variation beyond 2mm. They're not tall knives but, in my experience, they've never felt short.

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