I found this forum yesterday after a web search. I spent about 30 years as a Professional Chef (retired) and participated in some of the other knife forums and Chef Talk in the past. About a year or so ago I added an Ikkanashi Suji, petty and 210 Gyuto to my kit. I pulled up their web site the other day and noticed that they are closed. No idea if that's a result of the Japanese disaster or the economy but I'm sure glad I bought when I did. Hideki was great to work with and I sincerely hope they are all well at Ikkanshi. In either event I started down that slippery slope of looking for another blade after watching at Salty Dogs videos. The Mario clips are just SICK! LOL
Hopefully you guys will be just the bunch of enablers an old knife knut needs!