Strad violins and cellos have names. The famous Davidov Stradivarius cello from the early 1700s was owned by Jacqueline DuPre, one of the greatest cellists of all time who died tragically in her early 40's (MS I think) and this cello was gifted to YoYo Ma.
A year ago I really wanted a Shig, had read so much about them, but had no idea if I could ever own one. Now a year later, I seem to have three, and they have names.
First is the "Rick Jason Shig" named after its previous owners. I believe this to be a pre-Naka standard thickness knife. Jason or Rick might fill in the history here.
Second up is the "Maksim Shig" - some call it the "Blue Box Shig" named after the title of the thread that announced the arrival of these gems.
Finally there is the "Marko Shig" - again named after its caretaker. I've been told this is a vintage of somewhat thinner but not as thin as the Maksim Shig.
The first two are kasumi and the last is kitaeji.
I will try my best to provide comparisons after I return from the weekend trip. In part, these knives have to be sharpened in a similar manner for the various tests to be informative. For now though, I can say that I can get all three to do the stationary tomato slice and, as might be expected, the RJ Shig has slightly more resistance on the carrot cross cut (ccc test).