Well here's my list:
Do any Japanese makers count as "custom"?
I'm not a huge collector of knives. I've only got 5 that I ever use, one of which is a bread knife (which doesn't count.) Of them, the Nakiri is a luxury. I'm pretty happy with my Takeda Nakiri and Watanabe Petty too, so I doubt I replace them with customs any time soon.
To date, all I've got is a Shigefusa Gyuto that Marko put a handle on.
I'm on the list for a Marko and a Rader. Beyond that I'd really like to get my hands on a Burke or a DT. Or a Kramer, if I strike it rich some day.
I've tried to buy a DT straight razor in the past, but missed out because I dithered. Please make more razors Devin. Pretty please?
I currently have an Ealy petty and a carter gyuto as far as customs. I have also owned a Rader but it was his semi-custom line. I am all about supporting the custom knifemakers, my ealy and carter are probably my favorite knives. The problem for me isn't the money, its the wait. I would love to get my hands on a Pierre Rodrigue and a full custom Rader, but when i want a knife, i want a knife. When i get the itch to buy a new one its a bummer to hear that you cant see it or get your hands on it for 8 months plus. I am not saying that they aren't worth the wait, i just don't like to. When i told Del Ealy what i wanted, i think i had it in a week or so.
I still have a list of reputable Japanese makers I must try.... maybe someday.
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
Rodrigue, with more coming
Carter x 2
Does a WC count? Hahaha
Nothing spectacular, mostly just a bunch of worker bees w/custom handles.
I only listed the ones with "family" ties.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. - Lawrence