This is my first post. I am from Austria, Europe - we don't have kangaroos in Austria. Since 2001, when I first saw a beautiful kitchen knife (in this case it was 3 pieces of Kobayashi Suminagashis: Deba, Usuba, Yanagiba), I always wanted to have such kind of a special knife. But, back then, I was still a student and could only dream of such a beauty. I have finished my studies quite a while ago, and recently I stumbled upon an article about those Kobayashi Suminagashi knives again. My desire for owning a beautiful kitchen knife has come back!
I definitely appreciate looking at those Kobayashi Suminagashi knives, or traditional Japanese knives in general. But today I know that I prefer to work with a Western handle. To make a long story short, I have found my dream knife. It is a HATTORI KD Gyuto, either 210 or 240mm. Unfortunately those knives can't be bought anymore, I've heard/read all the stories and rumours about Mr. Hattori and his health situation.
If anyone knows a place where to get one of these beauties, I would be more than happy if you could let me know (PM me, please). I've consulted the familiar shops as EE, JCK, Kin Knives (in the UK), Dick/Dictum (in Germany), I've even contacted two Russian shops in Moscow. So I guess finding such a knife - if available at all - would be fortune! But I never give up hope...
Thank you for your help!