Hi everyone, my name is Pavel. Im a relatively new knife nut. Have been cooking since I was a kid, working kitchens for the past five years. In the past year have started appreciating the finer things that go along with cooking and the kitchen. Thought I was pretty well off and was kicking butt until a little over a month ago I started working a new gig and a guy there had a 240mm Takeda gyuoto. First Japanese knife with that sorta handle I ever seen. So I picked it up, and the rest is history. My first Japanese knife is a 270mm Takeda gyuoto. I love the lightweight feel, razor sharpness, and highly delicate cuts I can achieve with my knife. I want more! I have a highly addictive personality, and since I have been clean for two years now, Im kinda hurting for a new hobby. REALLY looking forward to learning new things off of here. Cheers!