he does make ironwood, but mostly for his local customers. I receive a batch now and then in very limited qty.
I'm seriously hoping to get a few of the Tanaka Ginsan to try out!
So in my excitement over the Ginsanko Migaki I overlooked the cheap R2 part. Can I ask, are these the same as you currently have but with simpler handles, or different models than you currently have on the site?
As promised, the cheap R2 is now availalbe. You also have the chance of customizing the handles. For 240mm Gyuto, you can purchase a saya with it as well.
Are the cheaper R2s the same blade as the original R2? It's a significant (~$150) difference in price, just curious as to how that was possible, unless it was a sizable initial markup?
I had to buy it at retail along with the box, horn handle, etc. Knocked the stock off and replace with my handle. The high cost meant it was expensive.
Now is different, Tanaka is now able to supply me with a lot more knives, in blade form rather than a completed knife and I am also able to reduce the cost of handles. So instead of keep everything high, I opted to pass on the cost saving to my customers, which is also true to a lot of other knives like the Chiku (Kurosaki) & Kurokumo (Kamo).