I feel like it is has been forever since I posted on this forum... For anyone who noticed, I apologized. I got abducted by my mother to a place with little to minimal internet, which I will writing more about tomorrow. BUT Anyways...
I was wondering if people knew to sharpened knives out of the box, because the factory edge is not 100% sharp. I assume it is here, but when I poked around the internet in attempts to explain to the customer that all knives are this way, I couldn't really find anything. Granted most companies will never tell customers this, but I was surprised to not find anything on google. (I may have googled the wrong words.)
The reason why knives don't come 100% sharpened (especially Japanese brand knives) is because doing so will scratch the blade. Because it is a product to be sold, these companies cannot risk damaging the aesthetics. I also suspect that sharpening a knife to that extent would make the blade itself a little more brittle, and risk chipping while traveling.
At Korin we offer customers to put the initial blade on their knives before they leave the store (with the customer understanding that it will no longer be refundable) or upon request if purchased over the phone or internet.