It's about time to tell the wife what to buy me for Christmas. Whenever I start thinking that I want something, I find that I might just be crazy because I can find very few examples, if any, of what I am looking for. My second knife was a 180mm White #2 Tadatsuna Wa-Petty. There are not a lot of Wa-Petties in that size in carbon steel.
This time I thought I'd like to try white #1, and hardly any makers use white #1. I want a Wa handle, I like them and they send red-flags to my wife to be extra careful if she dares grab one, but 80% of suji's are western handled.
After searching 20 or more sites, the ONLY white #1 Wa-Suji I could find was at JCK. The "Fu Rin Ka Zan W1" (I'm looking at the W1-9 270). I don't know if I care for the stainless cladding since I don't care for the way they patina, but I could compromise. I also don't buy JCK's line about forged knives imperfections conveying the soul of the Samurai, and having that nonsense in the description makes me worry about the F&F. The price is well within the right neighborhood (at that price I'd ask for a Dojo Paring knife to go with it), but it almost seems too low again making me wonder about quality.
Has anyone tried any knives of this line? Are there any other white #1 270mm Wa-Suji options out there? Maybe I'm just crazy and should go for a different steel and/or a western handle?
Thoughts? Thanks in advance.