Well, it looks like my turn on JWW's wait list for the 270 kitaji (damascus) gyuto finally came up, but the thing is, in the 2+ years I was on the wait list I acquired a custom-handled and saya'd one from Marko (one of the last ones he did). I kept my spot on the wait list because you never know what might happen in life and I never wanted to be without a shig kitaji gyuto. Well, the time has come that I must either drop off the list... OR there's another option:
I'd be willing to give my spot to someone else on the forum. If JWW won't allow me to transfer my spot in the wait list, I'd be willing to play middle man and do the purchase / have it shipped to someone else.
I just thought I'd support the forum family and give someone on here a chance to own one right now before I pass on my turn and let it go out to the wider world.
The current price is $797 I'm not sure if that includes shipping.
DON'T try to purchase on their site, it looks like it's available, but it's not I've heard that ordering will lead to a mess and a canceled charge on your card.
One last curve ball that I'll throw into the equation is that I'd also be willing to part with my Marko Shig... it's one of the most special-to-me knives that I own, so the only thing prompting this offer is that
A) I'm tired and a bit loopy
B) I feel a bit selfish hoarding such a work of art. I know how long I lusted after one and how happy I was when I finally got it, and I'd like to do that for someone else. Big kitaji shig's are rare and Marko-handled ones are rarer, but they are both treasures of the kitchen knife world that I wish more people could experience...
C) I'd be OK keeping the new one with stock handle and later turning it into another re-handle project.
I can't remember exactly what I paid for mine when it was all said and done, but I know it was more than the new one from JKI... I'll pass it on for $1K if anyone is interested. Specs and photos available on request to interested knuts. (PM me).
If I don't hear from anyone by EOD tomorrow (Thursday 5/31), I'm calling and canceling my order / giving up my spot.