This is a hard one to sell as a 2nd but seeing as the kanji is just about completely gone I can't see how else I can sell this one. True this happens to the 300mm Hiro sujis all of the time (because that's etched on versus stamped) but the gyutos never have this happen since the stamping is pretty deep. In this case the stamping was barely there before I started and I knew it might be a problem but had no choice but to continue and see what happens. The kanji pretty much faded away almost instantly.
Also, the handle is somewhat not as I would normally have it regarding shape and finishing. This block of wood proved to be extremely difficult to work with.
Seems like the knife just didn't want to be top quailty from the start.
This knife has had it's blade thinned, etched, spine/choil rounded, been sharpened to Level I, and has been re-handled with amboyna burl scales with black G10 liners & nickel silver pins.
The blade came out very nice from the etching showing off the lamination line much better than anyone I've done before. I used a new process to enhance this effect and as a by-product the surface texture of the entire blade is much slicker and shinier with a raised texture being felt to the lamination line that's quite striking. Unfortunately the lighting outside was very dim and hard to catch the true beauty of the blade.
I do believe that the pictures shown represent the color of the handle well and should show the remaining kanji as it appears in person pretty accurately.
The knife is completely ready to ship.
Knife sold as is - 2nd quality
The cost for this knife normally (if purchased in a group buy) would be - $390 (plus shipping)
The price today is - $330 (plus shipping)
If you're interested please shoot me a PM with your Paypal email address and zip code or country.
Thanks for looking!