Well, after a lot of internal debate I finally pulled the trig on a Konosuke HD with the upgraded ebony/marbled horn handle. First thing out of the box I lightly sanded the:
-octogon edges (later I oiled with tung and let it dry overnight + buffed in the AM)
-Choil as it tapers to the edge (it was already eased at the top but was pretty sharp as it went down)
- I also added a piece of leather in the saya pin
Then I took it to a 1000 + 4000 + 8000 glasstones + strop w/ Chromium oxide to finish. I oiled the handle and went to sleep.
Today I took it to work I knew the performance was going to be a step up from my Gesshin Ginga (which is a very solid performer), but when I hit my first red pepper with the edge and it slid right down.....it felt like the pepper had been replaced by...I dunno, a super-rotten pear? I continued to grin like an idiot all shift, blazing through my mise en place with calm, fluid strokes. I know it sounds pretty silly, but it was like nothing I've felt before with a kitchen knife..just awesome for lack of a better word. Enough blabbing, here's the pics!